A falling log crushes a Monohon sawmill employee on March 27, 1907.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/05/1999
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 1079
On March 27, 1907, Christian Nelson, a 37-year-old Norwegian sawyer working at the Monohon sawmill, is crushed under a falling log. Monohon was a mill town located in eastern King County on the southeastern shore of Lake Sammamish.

Nelson started the carriage that moves the log through the saw before the log was properly set. The log rolled off, crushed his back, and broke both legs. He died 15 minutes later. He was survived by his wife.


Sources: [Washington] Bureau of Labor, Sixth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Factory Inspection 1907-1908 (Olympia: C.W. Gorham, Public Printer, 1908), 41.
Note: ThisĀ essay was corrected on July 9, 2005. The correct name of the town is Monohon, after the 1877 homesteader Martin Monohon.

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