April 14, 1898: Struck by Train Engine, Allen Gresh Treated for Serious Injuries


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA.

April 14, 1898: Allen “Ally” Gresh was found this morning by George Heydt, unconscious and his head covered with blood, near the railroad tracks in Morysville. Regaining consciousness, Gresh explained that he had been struck by the engine of the 7:30 train last evening while on his way home from Boyertown and he had lain there all night with a five-inch gash in his head that was wide enough to lay a finger in.

His arm was also fractured and he was badly bruised. He was taken home and Drs. John Borneman and Lesher Francis stitched the scalp wound together. It is not known if he will live.

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