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Joseph Ziamek

Joseph Ziamek

Posted: 1034127314000
Classification: Death
13 November 1929 The Evening News
Coroner Thinks Victim of Slag Was Joseph Ziamek
Conclusion Reached After Information Given As to Man?s Habits - Last Seen Headed Toward Dump Friday Night
Coroner J. E. Helwig was convinced today that the man burned to death in the Tonawanda Iron corporation?s slag dump on the River road early Saturday morning was Joseph Ziamek, 38 years old, who had lived for the past five years in North Tonawanda but was without any stated place of residence.
The conclusion of Coroner Helwig was reached from information furnished by Fred Tack, foreman in the North Tonawanda water department, and persons who knew Ziamek. Tack said that Ziamek secured a position as a laborer with the water department early last week and worked steadily until Friday evening. He did not report for work Saturday morning and has not been heard of since.
Persons residing in the Ironton district where Ziamek spent much of his unemployed time, told the authorities that Ziamek was known to have frequented the slag dump for lodging purposes. They said that Ziamek was last seen headed toward the dump Friday night.
The man was burned to death when molten slag was poured from the Tonawanda Iron corporation?s slag train of kettle cars at the spot where he was sleeping. The light from the red hot slag disclosed the presence of the man but too late to attempt a rescue.
The remains were buried in Potter?s field this afternoon.

Re: Joseph Ziamek

Dan (View posts)
Posted: 1061911900000
Classification: Query
The story of Joseph Ziamek just about knocked me over.I remember the story that was told to me back in the early 60s about how a hobo was burnned to death at the slag pit where he used to sleep to keep warm.I have forgottn about that story until I read your site. As a young kid me and my friends love to go and watch the Tonawanda Iron slag train dump its load. Their was a man named George who was the gard at the slag pit. He would let us kids watch if we behaved. We got to know George over time and he would tell us stories of things that had happened around the area over the years and that story was one of the stories he used to tell us. Just want to Thank You shareing that story again.
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