From the December 31, 1886 issue of the Hornellsville Weekly Tribune:
About 1:30 last night a man named Geary jumped on the engine of Mr. Charles Hobart and was told by Mr. Hobart that he was not needed there. He replied that he was a railroad man and darted at the engineer, who was alone on the engine at the time, and before he could protect himself received a kick in the knee from the would-be pugilist. Mr. Hobart then in defense of himself and the engine as gently as possible placed the assailant on the coal in the tender and kept him there until he begged for mercy and to be let out, which the engineer did. He then turned and struck Mr. Hobart in place of getting off the engine as he agreed.
About this time the fireman came up and together they tossed him off the iron horse and he was arrested by depot police Hunt on a charge of drunkeness and disorderly conduct and placed in the Tombs to await a hearing before the justice this morning. He received his just due, a fine of $13 and a good lecture. But this was not to be the end of his troubles as another still greater hindrance was in store for him to answer to.
After the first trial Mr. Hobart swore out a warrant for his arrest for assault in the third degree and he now lies behind the bars in that place where all such people stay.
From the January 16, 1891 issue of the Hornellsville Weekly Tribune:
Charles Hobart, an Erie engineer of Hornellsville, while filling the tank with water in the yard, at that place yesterday, tried to avoid wetting the footboard by swinging the crane in a direction opposite to that in which it is usually turned. The crane caught his clothing and threw from the tank to the ground, where he was pinned by the heavy volume of water which poured on him until he was rescued. Aside from an unmerciful dunking he was uninjured.
-- Binghamton Leader