George L. Thompson attempted to rescue Juraj Matesa, 38, millwright’s helper, from a machine, New Castle, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1919. Matesa’s clothing caught on a shaft revolving at a speed of 75 revolutions a minute, and he was lifted from his feet and drawn against the shaft. He was in danger of being crushed between the shaft and others nearby or by gears on the shafts. Thompson, 28, millwright’s helper, grasped Matesa’s clothing and attempted to pull Matesa away from the shaft, but Thompson’s arm was caught and drawn around the shaft and the upper part of his body between two moving shafts. Matesa was taken around the shaft several times, and his clothing was almost entirely torn from his body before the machinery was stopped. Matesa was lacerated, but he fully rcovered. Thompson’s arm was fractured in several places necessitating amputation, and he was severely lacerated. He was disabled nearly a year. 20141-1750
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George Lee Thompson, 57, died on March 2, 1950, at home in New Castle, Pa., after a long illness. Born in DuBois, Pa., on Nov. 1, 1892, he was the son of Nora Freeman Thompson and the Andrew E. Thompson.
Coming to New Castle from DuBois when a young man, he was employed as a clerk at Carnegie-Illinois Steel in Youngstown, Ohio, for a number of years. Thompson, a veteran of World War I, enlisted in April, 1918, serving overseas with Company G, 320th Infantry, for 13 months. He was a member of Third U. P. church and V.F.W. No. 315.
(Edited from the New Castle, Pa., News.)