|Mary S Taylor
Joined: 27 Nov 2007
Location: Fresno, CA
|Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:15 am Post subject: Plapp, Charles C. 1861-1925
|Peninsula Daily Herald, CA July 20, 1925
Grove Man Killed on 17 Mile Drive
Grove Resident Victim of Accident While Working on New Golf Course
Resident of Grove 30 Years
Survived by Widow and Six Sons
Deat Instant When Beam Hits Worker
Charles Plapp, 65, living at 501 Eardley Ave., Pacific Grove, was instantly killed this morning when the beam of a stump pulling machine in operation on the new a Peninsula Country Club golf course knocked him to the ground and then crushed his skull. Plapp had been a resident of Pacific Grove for the past 30 years. Plapp was employed by the Del Monte Properties Company to assist in eradiating stumps from the new country club golf links. He was working back of sand dunes on the Seventeen Nile drive at a place where three men and a team of horses were engaged in pulling stumps. As nearly as can be ascertained by questioning those working near the scene of the accident Plapp walked within the radius of a huge pivoted beam; a part of the machine being used to pull stumps. A lever on the machine designed to release the beam from the cable drum is presumed to have been jarred into working position, thus engaging the disengaged beam and cable drum. This caused the beam, parallel with the ground, to be swung at considerable speed on its axis striking Plapp to the ground. Before Plapp could struggle to his feet the beam swung around and struck him in the side of the head, crushing his skull. Death was instant, it is said. Saw Beam Hit. Leo Imwally of Seaside, one of the three men working with the machine, heard the tools Plapp was carrying tumble to the ground when the beam first struck him and turned just in time to see the beam hit Plapp in the head. Imwally shouted to A.M. Hodgen, who was driving the team of horses attached to the long cable. Not until then did Hodgen known an accident had occurred being straightened from the drum, and not until he stopped the team did the beam cease its death dealing twirling. The other man working on the job, Emery Smith of Seaside, did not see the accident. Coroner A.J. Cornett was called from Salinas to investigate the accident and a coroner’s jury this afternoon passed a verdict of accidental death. Plapp had been a resident of Pacific Grove for the past 30 years. Surviving him is a widow, Frieda, and six sons, Carl, Reinhold, Emil, Adoled, Albert and Otto Plapp. All live in Pacific Grove. Funeral services have not yet been arranged.
Peninsula Daily Herald, CA July 22, 1925
Grove Worker’s Funeral Friday
The funeral of Charles Plapp, aged resident of Pacific Grove who was killed Tuesday when the beam of a stump puller hit him in the head, will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock from the family home, 501 Eardley avenue, it was announced today. J.K. Pal will be in charge of the funeral arrangements. Interment will take place in El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove.
Plapp, Charles C., married F., age 64, died in Monterey County on July 20, 1925, #33622