Unadilla, New York
Tustln Dibble Killed While Trying to Save Another
Unadilla, N. Y., Oct. 13.–While attemping to save a fellow townsman from being run over by a railroad train, Tustin Dibble, an old and well known jeweler of this town, was fatally injured, Sunday afternoon, and died a few hours later. The man whom he tried to save was killed. Mr. Dibble had seen his fellow townsman's danger and rushed to his rescue, grabbing him just as the train struck. The force of the blow hurled Mr. Dibble into a ditch from which he was picked up unconscious. On examination it was found that his left arm was literally crushed for about three inches each side of the elbow, and that the left leg was also badly crushed below the knee. Both were amputated. The injuries were caused by the blow, the wheels not touching either man. Mr. Dibble's pulse grew stronger during the operation and it was thought that he might rally; but a short time later, though there was not a bruise to be found on his body, he showed evidences of having been internally injured, and died at 4 o'clock.
Mr. Dibble was one of Unadilla's best known merchants, and with his son, G. Halsey Dibble, conducted a successful jewelry business in this place. He was born in Franklin, Delaware, in 1832, and located in Unadilla in 1857, engaging in the carriage manufacturing business. Then going to Harpersville, he resided on a farm four years, and returning to Unadilla formed a partnership with Perry Smith under the firm name of Smith & Dibble. This continued for about three years, after which Mr. Dibble assumed the entire ownership, continuing thus for 11 years.
About 1885 he disposed of his business and removed to Georgia, where he remained about a year, returning to Unadilla in 1886. Here he again established himself, in company with his son, in the jewelry business, which has since been continued.
In eulogy there is naught that Tustin Dibble does not merit. His life was exemplified by the noble act in which he lost that life. By his removal on Sunday is left to all citizens of Unadilla and vicinity the acute sense of a precious friendship broken and the memories of a delightful friend. He was a kind man, a gentle man, a modest man, wholly free from selfishness, with a love of quiet and peace as strong as his love of home and its happy associations.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 19th October 1898