Walter Smith Survives Accident in 1909

(07/06/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/23/1909.

Another shocking accident occurred at Cabot's factory Sunday.  Walter Smith, son of Supt. Joe Smith, got caught in a chain-belt and but for rare presence of mind would have been instantly killed.  One hand got caught in the belt, and knowing that he would be caught against some timbers, he grasped the belt with his free hand and guided his body throu' the opening where the belt passed, and in this manner made three revolutions before the machinery could be stopped.  As it was he was hurt badly.  One arm was broken, his fingers mashed, his back badly bruised and his head cut in several places.  Dr. Dye was called and administered surgical aid.