Age: 18, credited to Woodstock, VTVITALS
Birth: 1845, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Windsor, VT
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Sabin Gartin, a Frenchman living just south of Harlow and Kelsey's foundry, met with a sad and fatal accident Tuesday, while chopping, out near the base of Ascutney mountain. Some six weeks ago, while at work at the same place, Mr. Gartin's axe glanced and made an ugly cut in his ankle. Although the wound was not entirely healed, he went to work again, Tuesday last, and again the axe glanced, this time nearly severing the leg below the knee. Intelligent help not being at hand, one of the boys at work with him, went to Mr. Horace Weston's house, for assistance. George Weston started at once, and succeeded in stopping the flow of blood by twisting a piece of cloth around the unfortunate man's leg, and then started back to telephone for a physician. When the physician arrived, the bandage had broken, and Mr. Gartin was barely alive. Removing him to a house, the arteries were taken up and the wound dressed, but hardly had the operation been completed when Mr. Gartin breathed his last, having literally bled to death. His age was about 40. He came to Windsor sometime in January last, from White River Junction but his former home was Woodstock. He leaves a wife and nine children in a destitute condition. Mr. Gartin served in the Union army during the war having enlisted in Co. H, 11th Vt. Vols. He was taken prisoner on the Weldon railroad near Petersburg, Va., June 23, 1864, and was in Andersonville and Florence prisons till Dec. 3, 1864. Wm C. Tracy Post of Windsor, has rendered material aid to the family, and other friends have assisted them. The funeral services occurred Thursday afternoon, under the direction of Tracy Post.
And a week later:
It was stated last week in the case of Sabin Gartin, that after the application of a temporary tourniquet by Mr. George Weston the bandage broke, causing renewed bleeding from the severed arteries. The statement was incorrect as the bandage was skillfully placed, and did not break. When Mr. Weston reached him the unfortunate man was barely alive, and it was only by the prompt and intelligent action of the former that Gartin's life was prolonged a few hours.
Sources: Vermont Journal, June 20 & 27, 1885.
Contributed by Cathy Hoyt