I am not related to this person, his obituary appeared in the "100 Years Ago Today" column in the North Vernon (IN) Plain Dealer on 5-3-2010 for 4-27-1910 . I thought it might be of help to someone.
Thomas Jeffords Killed
While performing his usual duties with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad yesterday afternoon, Thomas Jeffords, one of the city's respected men, was accidentally killed by being struck in the head with a jack pole. He was working with a bridge gang near Cochran, Ind., raising a bridge when the accident occurred.
He had set a ratchet jack on his side of the bridge and had raised it the proper height. He then went to the other side of the pier they were working on to assist a fellow workman to set his jack. In some way it slipped, the pole striking Jeffords just above the eyes crushing his skull, knocking him from the pier onto the rocks some 18 feet below. It is thought his death was caused by the first blow.
The body was brought to this city on No. 3. He leaves a wife and one son. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.
Mr. Jeffords was a member of the Knights of Pythias, a Woodman and a member of the B&O relief organization. He carried some insurance in the Woodman organization. He was 50 years of age, and had been employed with the B&O bridge gang for some 30 years. He was a good reliable employee and an excellent husband and father, in all a man that is a credit to any community.