The Terrible Demise Of Young George Blank – September 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

California Barrel Company employees on the platform of the original building. Top row, left to right: John Piasco, Mr. Kimball, George Porter, Harvey Tighe, Mr. Larson, Bert McCreery, Ernest Schorling, Frank McNeil, Byron Smith, Asa Ensign, Arthur Durdan, Charley Molander, Joe Kossuth, John Dawson, George Blank, Mr. Munford, Carl Wolquist and Martin Bennick. Middle row, left to right: A. Laine, Mr. Berg, Milton Samis, Frank Marohnick, Emmett Porter, Mr. Stone and Je Marohnich, Sr. Front row, left to right: Manuel Mendes, Jow Maronich, Jr. and Mr. Grater. Far front row, left to right: Stacey Fisher, Chas, Schmidt, Harold Welch, Chas Frederickson and Ed McClaskey. Photo courtesy HSU Library Humboldt County Collection

From the Arcata Union:

Aug. 19, 1911

Fatal Accident

Tuesday morning at six minutes past 10 o’clock, George Blank, a young man who had been employed at the Cooperage plant in Arcata in different capacities for nearly five years, met with a shocking accident by being caught in a belt running on the main shaft, and was literally torn to pieces in a very few seconds, parts of his body being thrown in all directions about the mill…

George Blank

While there was no one who actually witnessed the accident, the theory seems to prevail among the employees of the plant that Blank had slipped the belt on to the wire machine and then stepped along the platform to the drive shaft, which was connected directly with the engine and making 270 revolutions per minute, said shaft being almost on the same level as the top of the wire machine.

He then took his left hand and attempted to slip the collar beneath the belt, and instantly had his hand drawn between the belt and the drive shaft, with the result that his body was beaten and battered to pieces against the second-story floor. The unusual noise overheard attracted the attention of several of the men, and the engine was stopped in short order, and the sight that met the gaze of those men about the mill caused many strong men to quietly leave the scene. The left arm was still wrapped around the shaft, which was all that was found at that point…

George Blank was born in Trinidad on Oct. 18th, 1890, and had nearly attained his majority when death ended his career.

Turner Took French Leave

Clarence Turner, the Eureka young man who was found guilty on Aug. 11th for exceeding the speed limit on his motor bike, or motor cycle, as the law insists they shall be called, failed to put in an appearance Saturday morning to receive his sentence. After waiting a reasonable time for the convicted man to come before him, Judge Beers declared the $40 bail bond forfeited, and the case is closed, at least for the present… Turner would undoubtedly have been fined $50 or $60 if he had stayed to receive the sentence, and he evidently thought it would be rather a bright thing to do to give up his position at the Reed & Reed Garage and leave the county on his motor bike in the night, than to stay and take his medicine.

As there has been considerable criticism of the action of the town board in keeping the speed limit for autos and motor cycles at 10 miles per hour, and yet tacitly allowing a limit of 15 miles, according to their instructions to the Marshal, mention might be called to the fact that there were three auto owners on the jury who found Turner guilty by a unanimous vote…

It is a pretty well established fact that [Turner’s attorney Henry L.] Ford know that Turner had left the county the night before, and that he was probably speeding through Mendocino County when the time for the pronouncing sentence arrived.

Tags: , ,