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    Cambria Freeman, 12 Jul 1907, Contributed by Patty Millich

Death of William Humphreys

Sustains Fatal Injuries by Falling from a Building Last Tuesday

William R. Humphreys, one of Ebensburg's best known and most respected citizens, died at home in the Centre ward this Friday morning July 12, 1907, at 5:45, as the result of injuries sustained by a fall on Tuesday afternoon, aged 53 years, eight months and four days.

William R. Humphreys was a son of the late Rowland R. and Margaret Humphreys and was born in Cambria township November 8, 1853; he remained with his parents on the farm until a young man, when he decided to learn the carpenter trade. He served his apprenticeship under the late John Howells and Thomas J. Davis of Ebensburg and became an expert in his chosen business and has since followed the trade of a carpenter.

Mr. Humphreys was engaged last week in erecting a foundation for a proposed carpenter shop on his lot in the Centre ward. This week, however, Messrs. William Jones and William McAnulty, who were engaged in erecting a barn for Dr. Clark Creery, in the West ward, enlisted the assistance of Mr. Humphreys to assist them.

On Tuesday afternoon about three o'clock as the men were placing the last pair of rafters in position, Mr. Humphreys, who was working at the north side of the building, remarked that his end of the rafter didn't seem to fit and just as he finished the remark, he gave the rafter a violent jerk to place it where it belonged. The rafter was released more easily than expected and Mr. Humphreys lost his balance and fell backwards to the ground below, a distance of about eighteen feet, alighting among some old lumber, etc., upon his right side and shoulder. His companions hastened to his rescue and found Mr. Humphreys perfectly conscious and endeavoring in vain to get up. Realizing that he was severely injured, his companions placed him upon a stretcher and carried him to his home where Drs. F. C. Jones and Harry J. Bennett made an examination which showed that the right thigh bone had been fractured, two ribs on the right side of the body were broken, his back was broken and the lower portion of his body paralyzed. There were several other slight abrasions and the entire system severely shocked.

The doctors did all that human power [next several lines missing] patient, but they could not [word faded] under the circumstances. On Thursday Mr. Humphreys was unable to swallow or take anything inwardly. He was bright and cheerful until almost the moment of his death, although his suffering last night was intense.

Mr. Humphreys was a devoted member of the Congregational Church in this place all his life and for some years past has been one of its deacons. He was an exemplary Christian man. He was kind and generous and beloved by all who knew him and was ever ready to lend a helping hand to the needy. By his death, Ebensburg losses one of its best citizens. Mr. Humphreys was united in marriage to Miss Cassie Davis on June 8, 1892 and she survives him.

Mr. Humphreys was an active member of Highland Lodge No. 328 I. O. O. F. of Ebensburg, being its chaplain and one of its trustees. That organization will have charge of the funeral which will take place at the Congregational church on Monday afternoon at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. Rev. J. Twyson Jones will conduct the services and interment will be made in Lloyd cemetery.

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