From the Dayton Republican dated May 13, 1898:
George Hays, a brakeman in the employ of D. C. and I. Co. fell in front of a moving train of cars Sunday morning and was instantly killed, being horribly mangled. The funeral occurred at the French Cemetery Monday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Hale. The deceased was married less than a year to a daughter of T. E. Townsend. He was an industrious popular young man and his wife is almost heartbroken.