Miner Killed When Cable Breaks

Joseph Kippes was killed in a fall of 700 feet at the Queen of the West mine near Cornucopia last Thursday afternoon at about 4 o’clock. He is survived by a widow and three small children. The body was crushed almost beyond recognition, and was recovered from the bottom of a deep canyon where it fell. Mr. Kippes was about 35 years old.

Mr. Kippes had just finished his day’s work and was going home in an ore bucket on the tram. The traveling cable which pulls the car broke. The jar threw Mr. Kippes from the car and he dropped a distance of about 700 feet to the bottom of the canyon. He was killed instantly. Wilbur Motley a fellow worker, was the first to reach the body.

The tram on which Mr. Kippes was killed is said to be the longest single tram in the world. It is nearly a mile long without a support of any kind in this distance. The accident occurred three miles from Cornucopia.

North Powder News
Saturday, September 4, 1926

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Kirby, Vadis
Union County, Oregon

Vadis Kirby Services At Summerville

    Summerville (Special) – Word was received Sunday of the death of Mrs. Kenneth (Vadis) Kirby of Prineville. She was a sister of Mrs. Harry Billerbeck and Lyle Slack, and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Burr Slack, and grew up in this community. Billerbeck’s and Slack’s left immediately for Prineville where the funeral will be held. Graveside services will be held at the Summerville cemetery Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Observer
La Grande, Oregon
Tuesday February 19, 1957
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Contributed by Tom Childers