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Railroad Commissioners Accident Report for
 Dec 31, 1880

Portland And Ogdensburg Railroad. June 14, 1880, Joseph Paine, foreman Sebago Lake ice houses, fell from the top of box car and was run over. He died the same night.

June 15, 1880, Peter Bufore, gravel train hand, unloading car at Crawford Notch Trestle in New Hampshire, fell about forty feet upon the rocks and was killed.

September 30, 1880, O. J. Riley, section foreman, caught his hand in his car crank and was so badly injured as to require the amputation of his arm.

August 20, 1880, Daisy M. Bessom, a child twenty-two months old, was run over and killed near the Glen station in Bartlett, N. H.

Somerset Railroad. June 15, 1880, a Mrs. Bunker and child were struck by the engine in attempting to cross the track in a carriage near Old Point. She was slightly injured, and the childs arm broken.

August 11, 1880, Abel Wood, jr., an employe, was injured while in the discharge of his duty, so that he died the next day.

A. W. WILDES, ) JOHN F. ANDERSON,. . CHAS. J. TALBOT, J Commissioners. Augusta, December 31, 1880.
Clinton I. Burke: 1922-2009.  Mr. Burke, of Charlotte, passed away October 6, 2009. Born and reared in Bartlett, NH, he was the last surviving child of the late Joe and Alice Burke.

His life journey began at an early age. At 15, he worked winters on the formidable Mount Washington, cross-country skiing or snow shoeing 8/12 miles to the summit to work in winter temperatures of -35 degrees with winds of up to 200 miles per hour. So was forged his work ethic.

 Going off to War in 1941 with the Navy, he served aboard the USS Radford and for his service received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, and Medal of Valor. Upon the war's end, he returned to his beloved New Hampshire with his bride, Priscilla. He lost Priscilla after 63 years of marriage enduring together the joys and pitfalls of life. From the day of her passing until his own, his greatest longing was to be returned to her side.

 He was a 40-year member of Mount Washington Lodge #87 AF & AM, Bektash Temple, and passed the 32nd degrees of the Scottish Rites. He raised three sons and by example taught them the values of honesty, work ethic and love of God, Country and family. He lost his eldest son, Joe in 1985. His two sons, Jerry and Clint, Jr. and wives, Wendy and Sandy, survive him, as do three grandsons, Noah, Caleb and Elijah, their wives, one granddaughter, Raine and a great grandson, Shamus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 11 brothers and sisters.

A celebration of Clint's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 10th at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273 with the Reverend Luke Maybry officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Flight of Honor, P.O. Box 495, Gastonia, NC 28053, or the donor's charity of choice. The family cannot begin to express all their gratitude Clint Burketo the staff and doctors of CMC Main, 11th Floor ICU, who made Clint's last days not only peaceful, but memorable. Published in Charlotte Observer on October 9, 2009

Ed. Note:  The funeral was held on October 17th in Bartlett, New Hampshire at the Congregational Church and burial followed in the Garland Ridge Cemetery.  The picture is from the 1933 Bartlett Grammar School Yearbook and is titled "1932-1933 Honor Roll Grades 1 - 6   Click image for a bigger version
Clint is well remembered by all who lived in the village. I remember he always had an interest in what us teenagers were doing.  During the mid 80's Clint was the school bus driver. 

Clint Jr and Jerry have promised to send me some more detail about their Dad to be included here...(let this be your reminder.) 
Edmund Sonny Pettengill
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