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From: 13 Aug 1912; article published in both Springfield Republican and Springfield Leader; Springfield, MO:

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LOSES LIFE IN FRISCO WRECK; 19 OTHERS ARE HURT
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Derailment of Passenger Train No. 6 Near Rogers Results in Fatality.
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Rogers, Ark., Aug. 12. -- In a derailment of Frisco passenger train No. 6, known as the "Cannon Ball," Fireman Charles Bryant, of Monett, was killed and Engineer John Moore was injured when their engine plunged off a 12-foot embankment four miles south of here.

All of the passengers received a severe shaking up, but none are reported as being seriously injured. A special train went from Fayetteville with nurses and doctors. Another relief train was sent from Bentonville and Rogers.

The train, consisting of two engines and eight cars, was derailed on a curve where there is a 12-foot embankment. Engine No. 736 turned over, killing the fireman. The other engine left the track, but remained upright. The mail car, baggage car, and one coach turned over and coach No. 1045 went down the embankment, but remained upright. The dining car left the track but remained upright also. The cause of the wreck is not known. The train was pulled by two engines because the regular passenger engines are laid up undergoing repairs from recent accidents. Wrecking crews were ordered out from Springfield and Monett. The wreckers were near the scene of the accident owing to the wreck of passenger train No. 5, which occurred last Friday morning. It required eight hours to clear the track. The track was torn up for about 300 yards. Passengers were transferred to a relief train from the north.

#2From The Springfield Republican, Fri Morning, 22 Sep 1899; page 5; published Springfield, Missouri:
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FUNERALS TODAY
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The Victims of the Horrible Frisco Wreck
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Sorrow Among Railroad Men
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Laker and Rider Will Be Buried in Hazelwood, and Reddick in Maple Park.
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FUNERALS
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At 10 o’clock this morning the funeral services over the remains of Engineer Reddick will take place from the family residence, No. 1609 Campbell street, under the auspices of the A. O. U. W. Interment in Maple Park cemetery.
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At 2 o‘clock this afternoon the funeral services over the remains of Engineer Laker will take place from the Second Presbyterian church, on Benton avenue under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity. Interment in Hazelwood cemetery.
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At 3 o’clock this afternoon funeral services over the remains of Fireman Rider will take place at the family residence, No. 1939 Robberson avenue, under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Interment in Hazelwood cemetery.
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Pay day on the Frisco is usually a day of much life and happiness among the railroad men in general, but this was not true of yesterday. On the other hand, it was a day of gloom and sorrow and little groups of men who wore upon their faces sad expressions of sorrow stood around the Frisco buildings talking over the terrible accident of the day before.

The men who met their deaths in such a frightful manner were all very popular and looked upon by their fellow railroad companions as men of extraordinary ability.

The early morning Frisco train brought in the remains of Engineers Fred W. Laker and C. B. Reddick and Fireman Charles Rider, which were placed in charge of Funeral Director J. M. White who took them to his undertaking parlors and prepared the bodies for the caskets.

Several members of the crews of both wrecked trains are in the city. Fred A. Smith, the express and baggageman, is the worst injured. He has several bruises on his face and head and his hands are badly scalded, caused by the escaping steam of the freight engine which buried itself over half way through the combination car. Smith was pinioned to the floor of the car by the heavy baggage which had fallen on him after he had been knock down by the concussion caused by the collision. Smith lay only a few feet from the steam box of the locomotive and he suffered terrible agony until finally by superhuman effort he managed to free himself and got out of the burning car.

L. P. Halleck, the postal clerk, was in the rear end of the combination car and the walls of the car were crushed in upon him and he was in an unconscious condition when rescued from the wreck. He was cut severely about the face and body.

As told exculsively in The Republican of yesterday, the body which was found burned to a crisp was not of a "tramp" or an "unknown" man, but a corpse which was en route from Galena, Kas., to Kansas City.

William Harrelson, the freight brakeman who was scalded to death, lived at Clinton. His body was taken there last night. He was married and his wife is left with three small children. It is {.....illegible...} was especially devoted to his family and his wife and little ones were always at the Clinton depot to see him pass through.

The passenger train was composed of a Pullman, a day coach, a smoker and the combination baggage and mail car. Most of the passengers were asleep when the accident occurred. They were thrown from their seats and there was great excitement. Many of them were bruised but none were seriously hurt. Men leaped through the car windows, but when they recovered from their excitement they set about rescuing the others in the car.

Where the accident occurred the tracks of the Paola branch of the Missouri Pacific are only a few feet away. The wrecked freight cars rolled down to the Missouri Pacific tracks and stopped traffic on that line for several hours.

#3From Springfield Republican, 28 Sep 1899; page 5; published Springfield, Missouri:
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In Memory of F. W. Laker

The south side W. C. T. U. in that session assembled at the residence of Mrs. J. B. Richardson, in conversing over the untimely death of the husband of one of their co-laborers, Mrs. F. E. Laker, decided to publicly express their sympathy.

{Several words illegible} understand the inscrutable ways of an Att...{illegible.........} of "What I do thou knowest not now but thou shalt know hereafter." we commend her to Him who ‘beareth all our burdens and carries our sorrows’ believing that, though the hour is dark, she may rest in Him who hath said, "All things work together for good to them that love the Lord."

We feel the death of our brother the more keenly in that he was a staunch friend to the W. C. T. U. being an honorary member, and in every way facilitating the work of his faithful wife in the union which she is a member.

Mrs. Eva O. Smith
Mrs. S. F. M’Intire
Committee

#4From the Springfield Republican, 3 Oct 1899; page 3; published Springfield, Missouri:
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OBITUARY
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Tribute of a Friend to the Memory of B. C. Reddick.

Among the three good citizens who were killed in the Frisco railroad wreck, near Kansas City, was Mr. B. C. Reddick of 1609 North Campbell street. Mr. Reddick was a Tennessean by birth; was born in Weakley county, Tennessee, October 10, 1853. He afterwards came with his parents to Dent county, Mo., in 1855, and lived with them until November 22, 1874, when he married Miss Mary E. Headrick, of Celina, Dent county, Mo., and came to Springfield 11 years ago. He has been in the employ of the Frisco ever since, 10 years as a fireman and one year as an engineer. Mr. Reddick was as well qualified a man as ever run an engine on the road, being highly esteemed among the railroad officials, as well as by everyone who knew him. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. Although he was once a very wicked man and a great burden to his family, as well as to himself, the death of his youngest son, when only five months old, caused his father’s repentance. This son only lived to be 2 years old. {?} Mr. Reddick became {several illegible words} Smith, the railroad evangelist, and was lead to Christ by this good woman. He afterward joined the Dale Street Methodist church, and was at the time of his death a good and active member of this church. Mr. Reddick was the father of 10 children, four girls and six boys, of whom all but one survived him at this death. His four oldest children are married and live in Springfield. There was never a husband and father that will be missed in a family more than is Mr. Reddick, for his family worshipped him. He was especially devoted to his son David, who is deaf, and attends school at Fulton, Mo. Peace be unto him, and a kind remembrance of him as a good Christian and father.
A Friend.

#5From: The Leader-Democrat; Wed Evening, 20 Sep 1899; Vol. 32; No. 264; published Springfield, MO:
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AWFUL FRISCO WRECK
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Freight and Passenger Trains Met on a Sharp Curve.
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SPRINGFIELD MEN LOST
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Fred Laker Will Die--Charles Rider and C. F. Reddick Dead.
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A SLOW WATCH DID IT
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The Freight Train Did Not Wait at the Correct Station.
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The Killed.
B. F. REDDICK, Springfield, engineer of the freight train.
Charles RIDER, Springfield, fireman on the passenger train.
----- HARRELSON, Clinton, Mo., freight brakeman.
Unknown man, burned beyond recognition.
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The Injured.
Fred W. LAKER, Springfield, engineer of passenger train, leg crushed, throat cut and body badly scalded; will die.
L. P. HALLECK, postal clerk, Springfield, head bruised and cut.
Fred A. SMITH, Springfield, express messenger, head bruised and hands and arms scalded.
J. W. HAISLETT, Springfield, fireman of freight train, wounded over eye and legs injured.
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Fourteen minutes irregularity in an engineer’s watch caused a disastrous wreck on the Kansas City division of the Frisco at Leeds this morning shortly after 6 o’clock.

North bound passenger train, which left this city at 11:50 o’clock last night, collided with a fast freight, south bound.

That mistake of 14 minutes caused the loss of four lives, fatal injury to others and immense property damage.

Leeds is a small station in Jackson county near Kansas City.

The collision occurred on a sharp curve. The freight was running at high speed. The engineer was trying to reach Dodson, the next station south, to wait for the passenger train.

The engineer on the freight should have waited at Swope Park, the next station north, but was misled into running for Dodson on account of the slowness of his watch.

Owing to the sharpness of the curve neither engineer had opportunity to foresee the collision until the very moment of the crash.

The crews had no time to jump.

The freight cars were piled high upon each other, completely wrecked. Of the passenger train, only the combination mail and baggage car left the track.

Beyond a severe shaking up, the passengers were not injured.

Both engines were reduced to scrap iron.

Fire added to the horror.

The combination mail and baggage car was literally consumed by the flames.

Underneath this fiery pile Fireman Rider was pinned to the ground, where he was cremated alive.

The same agonizing death was the fate of an unknown man, who was burned beyond identification.

The flames leaped high above the wreckage, and set the early morning scene aglow for miles around.

The dead and injured were taken to Kansas City shortly before noon today.

Frisco officials from this city and relatives of the dead and injured trainmen left on the regular north bound passenger train this morning for the scene of the wreck.

News of the disaster created consternation in Springfield, where the dead and injured have their homes and are well known.

Engineer Fred Laker, whose death is momentarily expected, is particularly prominent among local railroad men. He has twice been a candidate for sheriff of Greene county. He is badly scalded besides serious cuts and bruises. One of his worst injuries is a cut on the throat. His wife hurried to his bedside in the Kansas City hospital, to which he was taken.

Fireman Rider’s home was at 1939 Robberson avenue. He leaves a wife.

Columbus B. Reddick, the freight engineer, lived at 1602 Florence street.

The slightly injured include H. S. Brownell, conductor on the passenger, who lives at Robberson avenue and Locust street, Express Messenger Smith and aMil {Mail} Agent Lloyd P. Hallack who reside{s} on Broad street.

As a result of the accident trains on the main line were delayed four or five hours.

As soon as the injured ones are able to be transferred, they will be brought to the Frisco hospital in this city for treatment.

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From: The Leader-Democrat; Thurs, 21 Sep 1899; page 2; published Springfield, MO:

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TAKEN FROM THE WRECK
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Bodies of the Dead Trainmen Brought to Springfield This Morning.
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Further Particulars Add to the Horror of the Wreck.
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The dead bodies of Fred W. Laker, B. F. Reddick and Charles Rider, victims of the Frisco wreck near Kansas City yesterday were brought here this morning and were taken charge of by Undertaker J. M. White.

Engineer Reddick and Fireman Rider were killed outright. Engineer Laker lived until 2:45 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Further particulars of the wreck add many harrowing details.

Five minutes after the wreck fire broke out in the combination baggage and mail car which was smashed into a shapeless mass. Then began the work of rescuing L. P. Halleck, the postal clerk, and Fred A. Smith, the expressman, who were buried under the wreckage. Halleck was in the rear compartment. The walls of the car were crushed in on him and he was unconscious when released. His scalp was cut in many places, but his skull was not fractured and he is expected to recover. Smith was in the forward compartment and was thrown violently against the car wall. The rear end of the locomotive was shoved into the car and the escaping steam scalded his hands and arms badly. He was rescued shortly after the wreck took fire.

So fiercely did the fire burn that it was impossible to save any of the mail, express and baggage. The passenger coaches did not leave the track. They were uncoupled from the burning baggage car and the passengers pushed them back out of reach of the fire. The wrecked freight cars did not burn.

After the baggage car was burned the body of an unknown man was found in the ashes. It was burned beyond identification. The expressman and the special clerk say there was no one on the rear with them. Trainmen believe the dead man was a tramp stealing a ride on the blind baggage. If that were the case life was doubtless crushed out of him before the car caught fire, as the forward end of the car was smashed to kindling wood against the locomotive.

If Conductor Brownell’s watch had not been fourteen minutes slow there would not have been a wreck. He says he does not know how his watch happened to be wrong. He thought he had plenty of time to reach Dodson and sidetrack for the passenger train. J. W. Haislett, the fireman of the freight train says he cannot understand how the wreck happened.

"The engineer and conductor," said he, "did not have any order to stop at any special switch and wait for the passenger train. They were supposed to be on the lookout, as the passenger had the right of way. They must have disregarded orders."

"It is said the conductor’s watch was fourteen minutes behind time?" was suggested.

"I know nothing about that." said he. "But if the conductor’s watch was wrong the engineer’s must have been wrong, too, or else he would not have tried to go to the next siding."

William Harrellson, the freight brakeman who was scalded to death, lived at Clinton. His body was taken there last night. He was married and his wife is left with three small children. It is said that Harrellton was especially devoted to his family and his wife and little ones were always at the Clinton depot to see him pass through.

The passenger train was composed of a Pullman, a day coach, a smoker and the combination baggage and mail car. Most of the passenger{s} were asleep when the accident occurred. They were thrown from their seats and there was great excitement. Many of them were bruised but none was seriously hurt. Men leaped through the car windows, but when they recovered from their excitement they set about rescuing the others in the car.

When the accident occurred the tracks of the Paola branch of the Missouri Pacific are only a few feet away. The wrecked freight cars rolled down to the Missouri Pacific tracks and stopped traffic on that line for several hours.

Among the passengers on the train was a woman with a kodak. While the excitement was high and the baggage car was burning fiercely the passengers were surprised to see her taking pictures of the wreck. They say she was not excited.

The loss of life in this wreck caused profound sorrow in Springfield where the dead trainmen were well known. The injured who survived the wreck and who will doubtless recover, were brought to the Frisco hospital in this city.

The funeral of F. W. Laker, who died yesterday at 2:45 p.m. will take place from his home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30. The Masons will conduct the funeral.

Mr. Reddick will be buried at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The A. O. U. W. will be in charge. The funeral arrangements for Mr. Rider have not been made. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen will take charge of his remains.

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From: The Leader-Democrat; Fri, 22 Sep 1899; page 2; published Springfield, MO:

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THE THREE ARE AT REST
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The Springfield Victims of the Frisco Wreck Are Buried.
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The Funerals Were Largely Attended by Railroad Men and Others.
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The bodies of the victims of Wednesday’s railroad wreck were laid to rest today. The terrible fait which they met has cast a gloom in railroad circles such as has not been felt in years. The deceased men were all popular and respected, and this morning’s train brought in a number of railroad men from Monett and other points, who came to attend the funerals of their late companions.

At 10 o’clock this morning the funeral of Engineer C. B. Reddick took place from the family residence, 1609 north Campbell street. Services were held at the Campbell Street M. E. Church, and the funeral was very largely attended. The remains were buried under the auspices of the A. O. U. W., the interment being at Hazelwood cemetery.

The funeral services of Engineer Fred W. Laker were held this afternoon at the Second Presbyterian church on Benton avenue, and at 2 o’clock the sad procession took up its journey to Hazelwood cemetery. The Masons had charge of the obsequies.

Laid to rest in Maple Park cemetery this afternoon by deeply sorrowing relatives and friends, Charles Rider, fireman on a passenger engine, north bound, who was one of the victims of the railroad wreck on the Kansas City division of the Frisco railroad on Wednesday morning, September 20, 1899. He was a noble specimen of railroad employes. Prior to his connection with the railroad company he had been in the employ of the Wells-Fargo Express company at Carthage, Kansas City and in this city.

He was married to Miss Mamie Bowel of Peirce City, Mo, and had secured a house and resided at No. 1939 Robberson avenue at the time of his death.

His connection with the Frisco railroad had been remarkable for his uniform good conduct, never having been charged with a single fault, never suspended for inattention to duty and had made a record that would soon have entitled him to be advanced to an engineer, and he had the universal respect of all who know him.

His home is a model of neatness and was made attractive by his own labors, where all his spare time was employed rather than spending it in places of public resort.

He left no children, but his sorrowing widow has the deepest sympathy of all who know her or had made his acquaintance.

Like a brave soldier, he died at this post and went down in the wreck with his engineer and without a moment’s warning of the fate that awaited him. He had left his home at 11 o’clock the night previous and started on the passenger train north for Kansas City, expecting to return as he had always done before, and had reached nearly his journey’s end, when a freight train coming from Kansas City, by some error of watch or mistake in understanding orders, met the passenger train at Swope Park. Both trains were running at full speed around a curve and came together with a terrible crash that demolished both engines and destroyed many cars in both trains.

His associates will remember him for his many virtues and his good example as a husband and most worthy citizen. May he rest in peace.

#8From Springfield Republican; 29 Sep 1899; page 3; published Springfield, MO.
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Superintendent Davidson Visits Clinton -- Brakeman Willis Robbed at Newburg.
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Officials report a shortage of 500 cars on the Frisco system for today’s loading. All railroads in the West are in the same condition. An immense amount of traffic is being done--more so than was ever known. The west bound traffic is principally machinery and merchandise, while the east bound consists mostly of grain, hay, flour, provisions and stock.
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ON AN INSPECTING TOUR.
A. J. Davidson, superintendent of transportation and Division Superintendent O’Hara of the Frisco, left for Clinton yesterday on a tour of inspection.
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STRUCK RICH JACK.
Fifteen railroad men employed on the Frisco line have struck jack in their mine at Aurora at a depth of sixty feet. They have been prospecting about a week and rich ore was struck Wednesday. Drilling is progressing rapidly and the prospect is growing brighter every day.
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BRAKEMAN WILLIS ROBBED.
Brakeman J. Willis of the Frisco, who lives in St. Louis, while sleeping in the Burwell house at Newburg Wednesday night, was robbed of $36.85 and his watch. It is a gold case with his full name on the outside back of the case. No clue has been secured as to the thief.
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LABORERS VERY SCARCE.
J. H. Hedges, the contractor, has returned from Southern Illinois, where he had been the past six months constructing masonry work for the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railway Company from Marion to Thebes. He reports an abundance of rain and splendid crops in that section. Laborers of all kinds are very scarce there.
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SOCIAL AND PERSONAL.
A. C. Kilham, storekeeper for the Frisco, is out along the St. Paul branch on official business. He will return this morning.

Quite a number of Frisco employes are unable for duty because of sore arms, caused by vaccination.
{Probably smallpox vaccinations -- see Springfield, Smallpox, 1899 at Judy’s Stuff}

Jerry Houston of the Frisco machine shops is visiting his family at Newburg.

W. M. Dyer, general baggage agent of the Frisco, is in St. Louis on official business for the company.

W. T. Smettem, general roadmaster of the Frisco, is in Aurora looking after the new rock crusher which is furnishing material for the ballast gang.

A nine pound daughter has arrived at the home of J. F. Gates, timekeeper for the Frisco shops.

J. R. Groves, superintendent of machinery for the Frisco, is in St. Louis.

Miss Jessie Minor, stenographer for J. R. Groves of the Frisco, is visiting her sister, Mrs. B. J. Bennett, at Denison, Tex.

G. W. Turner, bridgemaster for the Frisco, is in St. Louis.

J. B. Kenner and wife of Table Grove, Ill., who have been the guests of J. H. Kenner, clerk for Bridgemaster Turner of the Frisco, left for home yesterday.

#9From: The Leader-Democrat; Fri, 22 Sep 1899, page 5; published Springfield, MO:
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AN INFANT DEAD.
The infant son of John QUINN, a Frisco fireman, who lives at 1323 Clay street, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The burial was at Hazelwood cemetery at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

#10From: The Leader-Democrat, 3 Oct 1899; front page; published Springfield, MO:
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RETURNED TO SPRINGFIELD.
W. J. CONKLE of Sedalia, Mo., formerly of this city, has accepted a position in the blacksmith department of the Memphis shops. Mrs. Conkle and children will arrive Sunday evening from Sedalia, and they will make Springfield their home.

#11From: The Leader-Democrat, 4 Oct 1899; front page; published Springfield, MO:
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INJURED FRISCO EMPLOYES.
Charles ROSS and Tom CREWS came in this morning and were sent to the Frisco hospital. They are Frisco bridge carpenters, and were injured while at work near Poteau. Their injuries are not dangerous.

Ross lives here, while Crews is a resident of Ft. Smith.

#12From: The Leader-Democrat, 9 Oct 1899 (evening); front page, published Springfield, MO:
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FOUR DEATHS.
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The Mortuary That Ranges From the Young to the Old.
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John SAMPSON, age 21, died at the Frisco hospital at 11 o’clock Saturday night. He was a Frisco brakeman and some days ago fell from a car, fracturing his skull. The remains were shipped to Pierce City Sunday morning.

Mrs. G. W. Simmons died at 5 o’clock yesterday morning at her home on George street, near the Boulevard school. A complication of diseases caused her death. She was 47 years old. Her husband is an employe of the Crescent Iron Works.
The funeral took place at Hazlewood cemetery this morning.

Martin Johnson, colored, died at 12 o’clock Saturday night. He was 61 years old. Malarial fever was the cause of death. The funeral took place this morning at 10 o’clock at the old Salem cemetery.

The eight-months-old child of W. C. Brockus died yesterday evening at 6:30 o’clock at the family residence, 2040 Taylor street. Summer complaint causing the death. The remains were shipped to Polk county this morning for burial.

#13From: The Leader-Democrat; 10 Oct 1899; page 7, published Springfield, MO:
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FRISCO SWITCHMAN KILLED.
Jesse CREGO, a switchman on the Kansas division of the Frisco road, was ground to death under the cars at Billings yesterday afternoon at about 3 o’clock. In some way he caught in the switch and was unable to extricate himself before being run over.

When picked up the unfortunate man was still alive, but he died while being brought to Springfield. The remains were shipped to Fort Scott this morning, where his parents live.

Crego was 24 years old, and his home was in Joplin. A brother also lives at that place.

#14From: The Leader-Democrat, 11 Oct 1899, page 3; published Springfield, MO.
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SCALDED BY STEAM
Mrs. James HAIR was injured last evening by an explosion of steam. She was boiling coffee for super {sic}, and while removing the lid the explosion took place, scalding her severely about the face, breast and arms. Two of her children, who were standing near, were slightly burned. Dr. Peak was summoned and dressed the wounds.

Mrs. Hair is the wife of a Frisco employee and lives at 1724 Florence street.

#15From Friday, 12 Sep 1890 Springfield Daily Leader; Personals column, page 4:
.John Huff, formerly a brakeman on the Frisco, is reported to have been killed in Texas Wednesday night.
#16From: The Weekly Republican; published (Thursdays) in Springfield, Missouri; date of this publication unclear, no dates on these pages; they are on the microfilm before the beginning of Thursday 14 Feb 1889 issue so I assume they are probably from the 7 Feb issue; a notation following the "headlines" reads "From Monday's Extra Edition;" the Republican was also publishing a daily paper but I did not find microfilm of those papers from these dates; The deaths of George Lowry, William Miller, Charles Nason, C. O. Browning and Ed McLean are listed in the Index to the Coroner's Record Books of Greene County as Bk. 1, Page 78, 3 Feb 1889; Frank Crawford's death is not listed in the Coroner's index:
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PALL OF DEATH; The Grim Reaper Gathers a Harvest; A Terrible Tragedy; A Frisco Switch Engine, While Running at Full Speed, Flies the Track; Three Men Killed Outright, and Two Others, Perhaps Three, are Fatally Injured; Cause of the Wreck Still A Mystery; One Theory Advanced That the Engine was Running Beyond its Speed; Scenes to Shock the Strongest Nerves - Remains Scattered and Shapelessly Crushed; Stories of Eye Witnesses, Col. Nichols Interviewed, Biographical, The Funerals.

{First two paragraphs used to set the dismal tone; no facts included; ends "....O thou king of terrors, who can stay thy awful course, or who can see thy incidious approach!"

Description of the Accident: The most frightful and appalling railroad accident that has ever occurred in Springfield happened yesterday afternoon on the Frisco railroad at 3:15 o'clock. Switch engine No. 4 coming from the stock yards with ten men on board jumped the main track, crashed into the opposite embankment, and crushed to death Chas. Nason, William Miller and George Lowery, and severely, if not fatally, injured C. O. Browning, Ed. McLain, Frank Crawford, John King and John Reynolds. Browning and McLain are terribly injured and are almost sure to die. Val Mason and James O'Brian, who were also on board, escaped without injury.

Early in the afternoon switch engine No. 4 left the depot, immediately following train No. 35 for the stock yards, situated a quarter of a mile west of the depot, with a car of mules belonging to C. O. Browning, of Sweetwater, Neb. Ed McLain was in charge as engineer and the nine other men named above were also on board. The car was backed up to the yards, set, and left there for the purpose of feeding the mules, and the engine with only the tender attached started back for the depot. Nason, Miller, Lowery, Browning, Crawford, King and Reynolds were on the front of the engine, the others in the cab and on the tender. No one on board seems to know just what was the cause of the accident, but just before the engine reached the frog of the switch west of Campbell street crossing, Reynolds says he saw Nason and Miller give the signal to stop to McLain, the engineer, as if they saw something on the track. McLain failed to catch the signal, and just as the engine struck the frog, it gave a leap into the air, bounded about thirty-feet before it struck the ties, whirled around, toppled over on the right side, and plunged into the embankment of the side track about ten feet north of the main track. The nose of the engine struck the ties and tore up the side track for a distance of twenty feet. Charles Nason, a switchman, who was standing on the front end of the engine, was forced between the rail and the ties and pinned there. He was instantly killed, the whole lower half of his body below the hips being mashed and mangled. William Miller, also a switchman, was thrown from the front of the engine against the embankment, where he was found with his head thrust in the dirt and his body curled up in a crouching position. His body is not mangled at all, his only injury being a cut upon the head near the temple. He lived for a short time after he was picked up and is said to have spoken a few words unintelligibly. George Lowery, a brakeman, was also standing on the front of the engine and was forced between the rails and ties of the side track in a manner exactly similar to the way in which Nason was thrown. The middle portion of this body is crushed by the rail which pinned him down and both his legs are horrible mangled, the skin being pulled down from the flesh as if it were a stocking. C. O. Browning, stockman, of St. Louis, the owner of the mules which had just been taken to the stock yards, was also standing on the front of the engine and was thrown under the engine. Both his legs were cut off below the knees and the upper half of his right ear was cut off. It is almost impossible for him to recover. Ed McLain, the engineer, was caught under the engine and was taken out in a horribly mangled condition, but still conscious. Both his legs were broken and he is badly scalded about the pit of the stomach, the upper part of the body and arms, and about the legs. Dr. Cox, the attending physician, says he will die. Frank Crawford, day yard master, was on the front of the engine when it crashed into the embankment and had both his legs mashed and broken. He was forced under the rail in a manner similar to the others. He will probably recover. Crawford is a middle aged man, has worked on the road about six years and has a wife and six children. His home is on the corner of Benton avenue and Dale street. John King, a switchman, was on the foot-board at the back of the tender. He was thrown off and sustained a compound fracture of the right leg and was severely injured about the left hip. He is unmarried, about 32 years of age, and was taken to the home of his mother on Robberson avenue and Pacific street. John Reynolds, a brakeman, was thrown through the window of the cab and was ruptured and slightly injured about the head. He is unmarried, about 22 years of age, and his home is at Dixon, Mo. He was taken to his boarding place at the Lyon house. Jas. O'Brien, the fireman, was in the cab at the time but escaped without any injury. Val Mason, baggageman at the depot, was on the gangway of the engine when it went over but jumped and escaped injury.

Steam poured from the overturned engine and it was this which did the greatest harm to some of the wounded men. The main track from which the engine jumped was spread apart and considerably torn up for about forty-five feet, the distance the engine plowed ahead after leaving the track. The tender was derailed from the engine and thrown down the south embankment on the opposite side from the engine.

After the Accident: The news of the terrible accident spread rapidly and soon a large crowd of spectators and of those who came to assist had assembled about the scene of the wreck. The injured men were extricated as soon as possible and taken to their various homes. C. O. Browning, the stockman from St. Louis, was taken to the offices above Crank's drug store, he having no friends or relatives in the city. Chas. Nason, William Miller and George Lowery, the men who were killed, after being viewed by a jury impannelled on the spot, were removed to the undertaking establishment of August Lohmeyer on Commercial street, where they were laid out on cots and covered.

All afternoon crowds continued to flock out to the place where the catastophe occurred, and Boonville street from the square to Commercial street was a perfect stream of moving humanity. The street cars were crowded, buggies and carriages covered the road and pedestrians took up the available spaces of the sidewalk. A large number of ladies as well as men helped to swell the numbers of those who looked upon the wreck.

The wrecked engine after it jumped off the track at the frog, when it struck the ties, broke the hind trucks and evidently swerved over and whirled to the left. It was thrown over on the right side, the front pointing north, and before it stopped in its fierce onward motion, careened into the side track running parallel with and to the north of the main track, forced the cowcatcher under the rails and pried them up. It was here that the dead men lost their lives. All of them were on the front of the engine and two were driven under the rails by the force of the engine and pinned there across the middle of their bodies. Frank Crawford, who was not killed, but who was severely injured, was forced under the rail of the side track in the same way. William Miller was also on the front of the engine, but seems to have been thrown against the embankment rather than forced under the rail, and died from injuries received in the head.

A large force of workmen were set to work clearing away the wreck and hoped to get the track cleared for the morning trains. The six o'clock train last night went around by way of the belt line.

The Scene at Mr. Lohmeyer's: The scene at the undertaking establishment of August Lohmeyer on Commercial street, where the dead men were taken and laid out, was one to shock the nerves of the strongest and to call forth the pity of the most insensate {sic}. The store is divided into two rooms by a wooden partition, through which a door is cut, which is hung with curtains. The front room was filled with railroad men, friends of the deceased, and others, and in the back room the three dead men were stretched out on cots. Chas. Nason lay on the cot to the south. He is a young, rather fine looking man about thirty years of age. The upper part of his body and his head seemed to be uninjured, but beginning at the thighs and extending down, the body and lower limbs were shockingly mangled and torn open. George Lowery, the brakeman lay on the cot next to Nason. He is a younger man than Nason, has clear, sharply cut features, and was well dressed. The upper part of his body, also, was intact, but the lower part of the body and limbs were even worse mangled than was Nason. The skin on each leg was torn open and slipped down like half drawn stockings. William Miller was stretched upon the north cot. He also is a young man, tall, and of good bearing. His body appeared to have no injuries upon it whatever and the only trace of any wound was upon the head where there was a cut on the temple and upon the face which was considerably disfigured from scalding.

Mr. Lohmeyer and his assistants were busy removing the clothing from the dead men, preparatory to getting them ready for removal. Men were moving about the store talking in an undertone and discussing the terrible accident and its probably cause. The doors were locked and a curious crowd thronged about on the outside, blocking the sidewalk and peering in at the windows. Judge C. H. Evans had been called to the scene of the wreck and under his directions acting as coroner in the absence of Coroner Paxson, preparations were made to hold an inquest. Constable Barney Rathbone was busy getting up a list of witnesses and by about five o'clock had things in readiness for an inquest.

As Seen From the Engine: John T. Reynolds, a Frisco brakeman who was riding on the gangway of the engine when the wreck occurred, was seen last night at the Frisco house. He was one of those who miraculously escaped with only a slight jostling. His account of the occurrence {sic} is given below:

"When the crash came I was standing in the gangway between the cab and the tender of the engine. We were running at good speed but I do not think we were running too fast. I had no intimation that anything was wrong until the engine lunged to the left, and then immediately jumped to the right and turned about half way on its side. It did not turn completely over, but stood leaning about half turned. When the engine jumped to the right I was thrown violently on my head, and Val Mason and Fireman O'Brien and another person whom I did not knw {sic} fell upon me. I was not hurt much, but I was so dazed and bewildered that I could not realize for some time what had happened. The first I remember was that O'Brien shook me and said, "Let's get McLain out." We then went to McLain who was lying on his back. The injector of the engine was against the pit of his stomach and was pinning him against the ground. We could not get him out until help came. Nason was thrown under the railing which had been torn up by the engine. Miller was struck in the back by the sand dome and when I saw him he was laying somewhat doubled up. I do not know where the other men were lying, but do not think they were thrown far from the locomotive. It all happened as quick as a snap. There were eleven of us and the engine. I do not know what could have been the cause of the wreck."

Coroner's Inquest: A coroner's jury had been summoned and sworn in at the scene of the wreck, and had viewed the bodies there. This jury was again called together in Mr. Lohmeyer's store at five o'clock p.m., and consisted of the following men: J. M. Adams, Horace Smith, J. B. Carson, D. M. Coleman, Charles Denney and W. P. Stewart. The following list of witnesses were subpoenaed but not all were present when the inquest opened: James O'Brien, Val Mason, both of whom were upon the engine, George Danforth, Lewis Crawford and W. P. Bloom.

After the jury were sworn and had viewed the bodies, Judge Evans called the first witness, James O'Brien, the fireman of the wrecked engine. He testified that he was 21 years of age, a fireman on the Frisco, residing in Springfield. He was acting as fireman on switch engine No. 4, which left for the stock yards with a car load of mules belonging to C. O. Browning early that afternoon. The engine followed train No. 35, backed up the switch and ran the car to the stockyards where it was left. They started back and the first thing he knew he felt a motion as if the engine was leaving the track. The next he knew was that they were thrown over. He did not know exactly how he got out but thought he was thrown out. Knew he started to jump. Those whom he knew to be on the board were Frank Crawford, Charles Nason, William Miller, George Lowery, Ed McLain, Val Mason and himself. He did not know who was on the engine in front. He could not tell how fast they were running, perhaps ten or fifteen miles per hour. He had been in railroad work for two years and would know whether they were running ten miles or twenty. They were not running at the latter rate. The engineer, Ed McLain, Val Mason, baggageman, and John Reynolds, extra brakeman, were in the cab with him. The men killed were Nason, Lowery and Miller.

At the conclusion of O'Brien's testimony, owing to the absence of a number of witnesses, it was decided to stop proceedings for the present and the inquest was adjourned to 9 o'clock this morning.

What was the Cause: Opinions as to the cause of the frightful accident are varied and conflicting. The statement of one of the men on the engine has already been given, namely, that Nason and Miller on the front of the engine just before they reached the frog gave the signal to McLain to stop, they presumably having seen something upon the track, and that McLain failed to catch the signal. Whether they did see an object upon the track will never be known, as less than a minute after they were dashed to death.

Another cause of the accident is given by eye witnesses, and that is that the engine was running at a high rate of speed and jumped the track without striking any obstruction. Men who claim to have been watching it said the engine seemed to fly along, as they express it, "to touch the track only by jumps," and as a switch engine naturally rocks a great deal, they think it swerved and leaped from the track from its own motion. The facts about the rate of speed will probably be brought out more fully at the coroner's inquest today.

Another cause stated by a few was that the rails spread before the engine left the track, but only a few hold to this view.

Biographical: C. L. Nason has been a switchman on the road for about twelve months. He came to this place from Miami a short time before he went to work for the company. He leavs {sic} a wife and little boy about 8 years old. He lived with his family on Boonville street just north of the Frisco track. He was steady and industrious and considered a very competent railroad man.

G. N. Lowery was a brakeman, about 25 years old and had been at work for the company for about twelve months. He leaves a wife and one child, a little boy about 2 years old. Before coming here he had run a passenger train on the M. K. & T. road. He was a young man of spirited disposition and popular among his fellows. With his family he made his home in Springfield at the Frisco house.

The engineer, Ed McLain, resided in a neat cottage on north Jefferson street, near Dale. He is about twenty-eight years of age and has a wife and two small children. He has lived in the city about seven years and has been running the switch engine at this place for the past four years.

Charlie O. Browning, about 35 years old, lives in East St. Louis and was connected with Quigley & Co., a stock commission firm of that city. He has a wife and three small children. He was well and favorably known by the principal stock dealers who ship on that road. He was here on a business trip.

William Miller was employed by the Frisco company as a switchman. He was about 24 years of age, a single man and lived with his aunt on Chase street between Robberson avenue and Boonville street. He was a member of the A. O. U. W.

Frank Crawford is about forty years of age. He has been yard master of the Frisco for the last four years. He has a wife and several children and lives on the corner of north Benton avenue and Dale street. He is a member of the K. of P. and also the brotherhood of brakemen.

Col. Nichols Interviewed: Col. D. H. Nichols, general superintendent of the road, was seen in his office last night and asked for his explanation of the wreck:

"The cause of the wreck is simply unexplainable, and I can assign no reason for its occurrence. The engine was in good condition, and had just been overhauled in the shops here. The track was on a solid foundation of cinder and gravel and was as good as track as could be found on the road. I cannot understand how the men could have been killed since the engine did not fall upon them and, there being nothing but the engine, there were no cars to rush upon them. Not over $100 damage was done to the engine. Three hundred dollars will cover the entire damage done to the engine, track and everything. Only the cab of the engine was broken up. The water glass was not broken. The company, of course, is looking after the welfare of the men. The company's physicians, Drs. Cox and Weir, are attending to the necessary medical aid."

Mr. Stewart's Story: Mr. Stewart, who lives on Jefferson street, near Commercial, was one of the first at the scene of the wreck:

When I heard of the wreck," he said to the reporter," I immediately started, taking with me several small jacks with which to pry the engine up so as to take out the bodies of Engineer McClain and William Miller, which he had been told were lying partially under the engine. The jacks which I had taken with me were too small to raise the engine. I then went up to the oil house to secure larger jacks and when I got back the men had all been extricated from where they were found at first. I was not the first to arrive at the place of the wreck, perhaps a dozen being there before me.

Another Eye Witness: Thomas Burns was also one among the first to reach the wreck. He described his part in the tragedy as follows: "I helped to take the men from the wreck. I did not learn their names. One man whom we supposed was Nason was under the track and we took him out and laid him upon a plank. It seemed that he was almost cut in two. He was not dead when I first saw him, but died very soon after. I helped to take out the other two men, who were partially under the engine. The steam was pouring out of the engine upon the body of the engineer and we immediately placed a cushion from the cab between him and the steam. But he had already been badly scalded. We then set to work digging under the engine and in this manner we got the engineer out. By this time conveyances arrived and the bodies of the men were taken away."

Who Browning is: W. D. Broughton, who is also an employe of R. M. Quigley, of St. Louis, made the following statement late last night: "I started with Mr. Browning night before last from St. Louis. He had charge of a car load of mules belonging to Quigley and Co., who are contractors for the road. He had started to Viniti {sic}, I. T. where the mules were to be used in grading upon the road. When we reached Dixon on our way from St. Louis, I got off the train on some business and got left. I came in this evening on the passenger. Mr. Browning's family lives east of East St. Louis on a farm. I have telegraphed the firm of the misfortune here today."

The Funerals: The funeral of the dead switchman, C. L. Nason, will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First Congregational church. The remains will then be taken to Maple Park cemetery for interment. The funeral will be in charge of the brotherhood of railroad brakemen, of which he was a member.

The body of William Miller will be sent to his old home in Vincennes, Ind., for burial.

The remains of George Lowery will be sent to Sedalia, where he has relatives living.

Brakemen's Ball Postponed: On account of the tragic death of Chas. Nason, secretary and financier of the brotherhood of railroad brakemen, lodge 167, and of the probably fatal injury of Frank Crawford, master of the same lodge, the ball which was to have been given by the brotherhood on February 23, will be postponed to some time in March, when the same tickets will hold good.

#17From The Weekly Republican; probably Thurs 7 Feb 1889 issue; notation under headlines states "From Tuesday's Daily"; published Springfield, Missouri.
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THE DEAD NUMBER FIVE; McLean and Browning Join Their Companions; Their Deaths Yesterday Morning -- King Will Probably Die -- The Coroner's Jury Blame McLean.

When yesterday morning dawned after the fearful night following the wreck, it was found that the {illegible} of the catastrophe as hastily gathered Sunday night and published in the The Republican extra of yesterday morning was substantially correct. The day, however, had added two more victims to the roll of the dead and today will probably add one, if not two, more. Ed. McLean, the engineer, died at his home on north Jefferson street at 4:25 yesterday morning. When the accident occured, he was thrown under the injector of the engine in the cab and was frightfully scalded about the body and lower limbs. The cab had to be cut away to get him {out?}. He was conscious most of the day till his death. C. O. Browning, the stockman from East St. Louis, died yesterday morning at {illegible} o'clock. Both his legs had been crushed off near the knees. He died in Dr. Barnes' office where he was taken Sunday afternoon. None of his family had been heard from last night.

The injured man most likely to die now is John King, the switchman, who besides having a compound fracture of the right leg and an injury to the left hip, is injured internally. King had just recovered from a siege of illness and was not in strong health. Frank Crawford, day yard master, who has both legs cut off, is doing better and has good chances of recovering. John Reynolds, who was thrown through the cab, is but slightly injured and testified at the coroner's inquest, as did Val Mason and Jas. O'Brien, who were not hurt at all. Of those who died Sunday, Miller seems to have been killed outright. Lowery and Nason were found clinging to the front of the engine, with their legs cut nearly off. Both lived to speak a few words.

An eleventh man, said to be F. C. Reed, a brakeman, is said to have been on the tender and to have had his shoulder dislocated. He is not seriously hurt.

A peculiar accident occurred as the dead men were being carried to Lohmeyer's store on Sunday afternoon. A harnessmaker named Ferguson, who was in the wagon with the dead bodies and who was holding on behind when the wagon backed up to the store lost his hold, slipped off and struck his back against the crossing. He lost consciousness for a while but was finally removed to his home. It was thought that his back was broken and a report was current yesterday morning that he was dead. This was false, however, and he will be able to be out in a few days.

The disabled engine was cleared from the track yesterday morning and the track repaired so that the morning train ran over it as usual.

Coroner's Inquest Yesterday: The coroner's jury came together again yesterday at the city hall building on Boonville street about ten o'clock in the morning, but immediately adjourned to view the bodies of C. O. Browning and Ed. McLean who had died since the former inquest. After viewing the body of McLean and the office of Dr. Barnes, where the body of Browning was {illegible}, they returned and resumed the inquest, Judge C. H. Evans still acting as coroner.

Jas. O'Brien, the fireman, who was on the engine, was recalled and testified that he saw nothing wrong with the track in going to the stock years. He did not know how fast the engine was running, perhaps 10 or 15 miles per hour, but not {30?}. He did not see any signals.

Val Mason, baggageman, was on the switch engine at the time of the accident and recited the story of going out to the stock yard and returning. He was in the cab with McLean and O'Brien. Reynolds, the brakeman, was in the gangway of the engine, Crawford, Nason, Lowery, Browning and a nephew of Crawford's were on the front of the engine. He had had no experience on trains but judged the engine was going 15 to 20 miles per hour. There was nothing wrong with the track, it was as good as the Frisco has. Wreck occurred 60 feet north of Anchor mills. The first thing he knew he was crawling out of the cab. He heard someone call and went to the front of the cab where he found Lowery and Nason hanging to the front of the engine. McLean was under the injector of the engine in the cab. All three were alive when he found them. He said to Nason, "Charlie, your legs are cut off," to which Nason replied, "yes, pard, I'm done for." Lowery said, "Val, tell my wife I'm badly hurt. I will die and it will be hard for her to get through the world." Lowery did not live to exceed thirty minutes. Miller was on the engine, and he supposed dead. His attention was called to Engineer McLean. He called to mason to take him out. He was scalded to death. He noticed no signal, thought he heard someone call. He was unable to say what caused the engine to leave the track.

John T. Frank, night yard master of the Frisco, testified he was in bed at the time of the accident. It occurred 100 feet from the west end of the switch to the Anchor mills. The track was as good as any they had, and was ballasted with cinders. The engine was in good running order the night before. He had worked with it all that night. Never had had car or engine go off at the point of the accident before. McLean, the engineer, was considered a reckless runner. He had that reputation among railroad men. He did not know whether McLean had ever been cautioned. He had switched behind him three years.

John Reynolds, freight brakeman, was on the engine and described the trip out and back. Miller and he got off at the switch as they came back from the stockyards. Miller shut the switch and got on the front of the engine, he (Reynolds) got into the cab. About two-thirds of the way between Eisenmayer mills and the Campbell street crossing he saw Nason and Miller give the signal to stop. He was standing in the gangway of the engine at the time. About the time they gave two or three violent signals the engine jumped the track. It reeled to the left and then fell on its right side. He was standing on the apron of the engine and was thrown into one corner on the engineer's side. His foot was caught in the rods and debris and he had to take his shoes off to get out. To the best of his knowledge the engine was going 25 miles per hour.

A. G. Fenner, yard master for the Frisco, said he was not much of a judge of tracks but the track at the accident was as fine a one as he ever saw. He was acquainted with McLean, the engineer, had known him for eight or ten years. Some people considered him a reckless runner. McLean had worked with him three years and he had often cautioned him about fast running. It was not customary to get cars off the track at the place of the accident. Switch engines were made to pull, not to run fast. It would not be dangerous to run at 15 miles, but it would be at 20, instructions were not to exceed 10 miles in city limits.

C. N. Chappell, a lumberman, testified that he was standing at his place on Cherry street about four blocks from where the wreck occurred. He was the engine {illegible} down by the Eisenmayer mill and watched it till it turned over. His attention was attracted on account of the engine's running so fast. It seemed to be running as fast as it could, as fast as an ordinary passenger train, though he had had no experience with trains.

J. P. Mayo was called but knew nothing of the accident.

Dr. L. E. Tefft testified as to the condition and wounds of Browning. Both his legs were crushed off about the knees.

H. S. Blankenship was about __ or __ feet {looks like 10 or 15 feet?} from the engine when it was wrecked. He thought the train was running at the rate of 25 miles an hour.

Walter Fernin was standing on the railroad opposite the Eisenmayer mill when the engine passed. He thought it was wide open and was running as fast as it could. He had never worked on a railroad.

Dr. W. C. James testified as to McLean's wounds.

George Danforth, colored, was just at the Campbell street crossing when the accidente occurred. Engine was running very fast, not quite so fast as a passenger train. It seemed to him that the engine checked a little about sixty feet from the place of the wreck, then put on more steam, and it was but a few moments until it whirled over. Engines were in the habit of slowing up before reaching the crossing.

William Stokes was called, but knew nothing of the wreck.

Lewis Crawford was standing at the west end of the platform of the freight depot. He saw the engine coming down the track at a high rate of speed. That attracted his attention. When it reached the switch at the Anchor mill, the engine made a rock to the north, straightened out for a short distance, then rocked to the south and was thrown from the track almost directly across it. He saw no signals to stop. Saw Lowery and McLean taken from the wreck.

At the conclusion of Mr. Crawford's testimony about 3 p.m. the jury, without retiring from the room, returned the following verdict: "Deceased came to their deaths by being crushed and scaulded in the wreck of switch engine No. 4 of the St. Louis and San Francisco railroad, in charge of Ed. McLean, engineer, and the said wreck was caused by the carelessness of the engineer, Ed McLean, in running at too high a rate of speed."

The Funerals of the Dead: The funeral of the dead switchman, Chas. L. Nason, took place at the First Congregational church yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The funeral arangements were in charge of the B. of R. B. and the services were held by Rev. J. P. Sanderson. A large number of sorrowing friends attended.

ONE WHO ESCAPED; A Man Who Rode on the Switch Engine Relates his Experience; {this section of the page very faded; mostly illegible}; G. B. Lyman, a young man engaged the blacksmithing in the Gulf shops, was one of those on the Frisco switch engine in Sunday's catastrophe. He miraculously escaped with a few slight bruises. He went over on the north side to visit his uncle, Frank Crawford, yard master and went with him on the engine to haul the load of mules. To a reporter of the The Republican Mr. Lyman tells the following graphic story: "When we went down the track with the mules I thought the engine was going at a pretty rapid rate. We easily held our own with No. 35 which was pulling out just ahead of us. Coming back I was standing just behind Engineer McLean, in the cab. The engine kept going faster and faster. I was formerly brakeman on the Gulf and don't think I ever rode so fast before......looked out of the cab window....I don't remember...the engineer say anything but...aboard were laughing......I was in the accident I wasn't called before the coroner's jury..is the first time I have made my experience public."

#18From Weekly Republican published Thursdays, Springfield, Missouri; probably 7 Feb issue; notation under another headline on this page reads "From Tuesday's Daily"; assume this was originally published 5 Feb 1889 in the Daily Republican.
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R. M. Quigley Arrives: Mr. R. M. Quigley, the railroad contractor, the employer of C. O. Browning, a victim of Sunday's werck arrived from St. Louis yesterday morning and was seen by a Republican reporter and made the following statement yesterday: "Browning was on his way with a car load of mules to the Indian territory where the mules were to be employed upon the extension of the Missouri Pacific railroad from Coffeyville south. He was one of the most trustworthy men in our emply. He leaves a wife and {three?} children, who are lkiving on my farm east of St. Louis just over in Illinois. He leaves his family in almost destitute circumstances. Browning had as much as $300 on his person when he left St. Louis, but none of it was on his person after the wreck. I will take his body back to St. Louis tonight where it will be interred."

#19From Weekly Republican published Thursdays, Springfield, Missouri; probably 7 Feb issue; notation under another headline on this page reads "From Tuesday's Daily"; original publication may have been 5 Feb 1889 in the Daily Republican.
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A Close Call: About half past four yesterday afternoon Albert Saxe, a brakeman on the Gulf, had a narrow escape from being run over by the cars. He had run ahead to flag a freight train at the Boonville street crossing, and when the train came to the street attempted to step on as usual. He did get one foot upon the engine, but miscalculating the speed of the train, was was thrown down upon his back on the track in front of the engine. Fortunately the train had almost stopped and keeping his presence of mind and stiffening his legs Sax allowed himself to be pushed along the track for a short distance upon his back until the train stopped, when he got up. As far as could be learned, he received no injury or damage except a jarring from the fall and some torn clothing.

#20From Weekly Republican; Thursday 14 Feb 1889; published Springfield, Missouri; notation under headline read "From Friday's Daily" so original publication was Friday 8 Feb 1889 and Crawford died on Thursday 7 Feb 1889.
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The Sixth Victim; Yard Master Crawford Dies From the Effects of His Injuries; From Friday's Daily: Frank Crawford, the Frisco yard master, who had both legs cut off in the terrible wreck of Sunday, died last night at half past six at his home on north Benton avenue, where he was taken immediately after the wreck. It had been thought all along that Mr. Crawford had a fair chance for recovery, though both his legs were off, but gangrene set in in the wound and yesterday afternoon the physicians deemed it necessary to perform a second amputation on one of his legs several inches above the knee. Crawford sees not to have been able to recover from the shock and died about 6:30 in the evening.

Frank Crawford was a middle-aged man and leaves a wife and eight children. He has been working for the Frisco about four years and at the time of the accident was day yardmaster. He was a member of the K. of P. and of the R. or R. R. The time of the funeral had not been decided upon last night.