Swandale, WV Man Crushed By Logs, Mar 1954


Clay, W. Va., March 30 (AP) -- A Clay County father of six was crushed to death at nearby Swandale today when logs rolled on him while he was loading a log car.
Mortuary attendants identified the victim as 49 year old JOE ELLIS KEY of Swandale, an employe of the Elk River Coal and Lumber Co. A company official said it was the firm's first fatality at the camp in 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, MRS. PEARL KEY; five sons, CLELL of Cowan, WALTER of Morris, GEORGE of Swandale, and WILLIAM and HARLAN, both at home; and a daughter, DONNA JEAN, also at home.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Community Church in Swandale, conducted by Rev. Howard Paxton. The body will be removed from the Clay mortuary in Clay to the residence Wednesday evening.

Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1954-03-31