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 +====== Obituary for Carl Tarkington ======
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 +**05 February 1930**
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 +'''​Shock Fatal to Welder'''​
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 +Electric shock was blamed for the death Tuesday afternoon of Carl Tarkington, 26, an employee of the Delbert M. Dawson and Son Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
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 +Working on an installation job at the Delco-Remy Division on W. Willard St., Tarkington was using an electrical welding outfit in a sling about 15 feet above the floor about 4 pm when he collapsed. He was lowered to the floor immediately but artificial respiration applied by the firemen'​s rescue squad and police proved ineffective.
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 +Funeral services will be conducted at the Meeks Mortuary at 10:30 am Friday and burial will be in Elm Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary anytime Thursday.
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 +"After completing a portion of the investigation,"​ coroner Eugene Eissman stated, "I am of the opinion that the welding apparatus arced across to the man and was grounded through the chains fastened around his body."
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 +In talking with two of Tarkington'​s co-workers, Eissman learned that the Dawson Co. employees were completing a routine job on the ventilating system of the Delco-Remy Division when the accident happened. Tarkington, who was doing the welding, was working on the last pipe to be welded which was so placed hat it was necessary for him to stand on a slanting metal roof with a chain hoist supporting him.
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 +A Delco-Remy employee went up the ladder and brought down Tarkington'​s body after the welding apparatus had been turned off.
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 +Since marks on the man's body indicated that electric shock was the cause of death, Eissman said no autopsy will be performed.
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 +Mr. Tarkington was a resident of the Drumm Addition. He served with the Army in World War II and was a member of the Moose Lodge. He was formerly employed by the Chesapeake and Ohio and the Nickel Plate Railroads.
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 +Surviving are the wife, Helen; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred DeLatte, Mrs Christine Kelley and Miss Wanda Lee Tarkington, and a brother, Ferris Tarkington, all of Baton Rouge, La.
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 +'''​Welder Dies of Electrical Shock on Job'''​
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 +Carl Tarkington, 26, Drumm Addition, was killed about 4 p.m. Tuesday by "​electrical shock" while working on an installation job at Delco-Remy division on West Willard Street. He was employed by the Delbert M. Dawson and Son Sheet Metal Works, Inc. 700 W. Gilbert St.
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 +Coroner Eugene Eissman said no autopsy would be held as marks on the man's body ascertained death was caused by an electrical shock.
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 +Eissman was unable to explain how the accident happened as he hadn't been able to obtain statements from witnesses. He expects to question them Wednesday.
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 +The coroner said Tarkington was using an electrical welding outfit in a sling about 15 feet above the floor when he collapsed. He was lowered to the floor immediately. Firemen from the rescue squad and policemen applied artificial respiration without success.
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 +Mr. Tarkington served with the Army in World War II. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. Prior to his association with the Dawson Company, he was employed by the Chesapeake and Ohio and Nickel Plate railroads.
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 +Surviving besides the wife, Helen, are three sisters and two brothers.
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 +Funeral arrangements will be made Wednesday at the Meeks Mortuary.
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 +Carl Junior Tarkington, Born February 5, 1930, son of Thomas White Tarkingotn, and Edith Elizabeth Lewis, and was born in Oklahoma. The paper gives his age as 26 at the time of death, actually, he was only 23, the men who worked under him (he was a foreman) were his age and older, and most probably would not except him as such, knowing he was so young. He upped his age when he was about 15 in order to work, and to go into the service. Actually, his wife Helen was about five years older than he and didn't know it until long after they were married. He acted and carried himself far beyond his actual age.
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 +According to the coroner, this accident was due to carelessness on the part of Delco-Remy, but the electrician,​ for fear of losing his job, would not admit it. The Sheet and Metal Co., could not hook up their equipment, it had to be done by Delco-Remy electricians and was set up wrong, and whereas several hundred units should have gone into his body, several thousand did. They dilated every opening of his body, but to no avail. This happened about the last 10 minutes before the job was completed. He was not lowered immediatedly as stated, nor was the current cut off immediately,​ according to the Coroner, with whom I talked to.
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 +-Mickey Tarkington DeLatte
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