John Kilroe’s Death Notice - 1902
Wayne Independent Feb. 26, 1902 - Fatally Injured at Tanners Falls John Kilroe, an employee of Riefler & Sons, was instantly killed in the Tanners Falls saw mill on Tuesday about 11 a.m., by having his clothing caught in a shaft of the machinery. His body was horribly mangled. The accident was discovered by Ernest and Joseph Bodie of Haines, who were at the mill getting a load of saw dust. They noticed blood on the machinery and upon investigation found Mr. Kilroe’s body. He is survived by his wife, who was Sarah Doherty, and five sons and four daughters. Edwin and Hugh are well known here being graduates of the Honesdale high school. The former is now in Columbia college making preparations to be a lawyer. Mary and Lizzie are in Brooklyn and Hugh, Maude, Thomas, John, Roseanna and Robert are all residing at home at Tanners Falls. Maud also attended the Honesdale schools. The deceased was aged about 50 (?) years and was very highly respected by all who knew him.

Wayne Independent Feb. 28, 1902 - The funeral of John Kilroe who met accidental death in the sawmill at Tanners Falls on Tuesday, will be held at St. John’s church on Friday morning. Mr. Kilroe was under the mill to shovel snow off of some lumber and in passing under the shaft it is thought that an extended bolt caught his coat at the back of the neck. When found the clothing was striped from the mangled body and wound around the shaft. Mr. Kilroe was highly regarded by all who knew him. Although his educational advantages in youth were few, he made the best of what he had. He was bright, quick to learn, genial, obliging, energetic and frugal. He gave his children every educational advantage possible and they are proving an honor to him.

Note from Mimi: The family homestead was deeded to Eddie Kilroe in 1908. And earlier map of Tanners Falls shows a house lived in by the John Kilroe family. It was probably owned by the mill and theKilroes had to vacate at the death of John.