The stone is difficult to read but Paul Gibbs shares this stone with his parents, Clarence and Lettica Gibbs. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Oct. 27, 1927, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 8, Column 3.

Young Man Killed Yesterday on
Railroad Splendid Type
Say His Friends

No arrangements have been made for the funeral of the late Paul Edwin Gibbs, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Gibbs of Philomath, who was accidentally killed between 8 and 9 o’clock yesterday morning. Announcement will be made later.

Mr. Gibbs, section foreman for the Southern Pacific doing relief work out of Corvallis, fell or was knocked from the top of a freight car while he was directing the placing of ties along the railway right of way. No one saw the accident and it is presumed he was knocked from the car by an obstacle. When he was missed after a half hour by the trainmen his body was found in Mary’s river, between Harris and Blodgett, where he had fallen down a 15-foot trestle. His head was crushed.

Coroner J.B. Hollingsworth was called to the scene of the accident and brought the body to Corvallis late yesterday afternoon. The remains have been prepared for burial and are being held at the M.S. Bovee Co. chapel pending arrangements.

Mr. Gibbs was born in Minnesota, February 7, 1904. He was an only son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Gibbs of Philomath and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Gibbs at that place. His sister, Mrs. Ray Lee, married a few weeks ago, is employed at the Berman drug store in Corvallis.

Known by a number of Corvallis business men as a clean and splendid type of young manhood, his tragic death comes as a shock to many in this city.

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