Uncle Georgie – 12 March 1896

From the Glasgow Times 18 March 1896:

“An accident which cost young George Dugard his life occurred on his father’s farm in the vicinity of Bailey’s store at about 9 o’clock last Thursday morning. Young Dugard was assisting his father in cutting down a tree, and in attempting to run from under it, when it began to fall, got excited and ran in the wrong direction, and was caught under it and crushed to death. The unfortunate young man was a son of Mr. Seth W. Dugard and was about 19 years old (AN: He was actually only 17) at the time of his death. He was a very popular young man in his neighborhood, was highly respected by all who knew him, and his sudden and tragic taking away is greatly lamented.”

AN: He was one of ten children (among them brother John Miller Dugard), and his loss was very tragic. His brother Tom died on 31 August 1907 of what in that time was known as “Painter’s Cholic,” what today is known as lead poisoning. Tom was only 36 years old. My great-grandparents grieved, I am sure, for the rest of their lives. George is buried in the Refuge Cemetery at 88, Kentucky, near his parents. The dates on the stone are – “30 September 1878 – 12 March 1896.”
There is confusion for me on the exact whereabouts of this incident. The family farm was on Lick Branch Road, but Bailey’s store was on Vernon School Road, near Elbow Springs, Oleoak, and the Groce Cemetery. The whole area is still well wooded today, and was more so in those days. There were several accidents involving trees in the area, this is only one example.

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About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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