From the High Point Review, June 7, 1917
Life Crushed Out Against Stack of Lumber
Lee Ridge was almost instantly killed on the yards of the Tate Furniture Co. at 4 o’clock Friday morning.
Mr. Ridge was conductor on the shifter of the North Carolina Public Service Company, and the crew were at the time on the yards of the Tate Furniture Company getting some cars out. Ridge was on the front of the shifter, signaling “forward.” He was leaning to one side and his body struck large lumber pile, crushing him to death. The shifter was stopped in time to prevent further mangling of the body.
The deceased was 35 years of age and is survived by a wife and four children.
The funeral services were held from the home, 208 Centennial Avenue, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. by Dr. Sylvester Newlin of the Friends’ Church. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery.
Well-Known Contractor Dead
Benjamin F. Montgomery, who has been a resident of this place for a quarter of a century, died at his home, 909 South Main Street, at 4 o’clock Monday morning in his 59th year. Surviving are his wife and seven children. Messrs. J.H. and George Montgomery, brothers, also survive.
The deceased was a well-known contractor. He had been in poor health for several months and confined to his room for three weeks. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock from Main Street M.P. Church, conducted by Rev. A.G. Dixon, the pastor. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery.