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From: "Elaine" <>
Subject: Re: [IA-RAILROADS] Railroad Accidents in the early 1900's
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 15:24:14 -0700
I have several ancestors who worked on the railroad. Three were killed in
railroad accidents. One of them was in Des Moines in 1908. He was a
switchman and was working sitting on top of the last car in a string that a
switch engine was moving and the cars lurched and he fell underneath and was
run over. This was in the Des Moines yards of the Great Western Railroad.
Another (younger brother of the first man) was an engineer and was killed
near Clinton in 1932 while driving the train. He was speared by a loose
board from an oncoming train on the next track. An uncle of these 2 was a
brakeman and was killed in a fall from a train out of Council Bluffs in
Nebraska in 1888.
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Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 9:38 PM
Subject: [IA-RAILROADS] Railroad Accidents in the early 1900's
> I have a gr-grandfather whom I blieved last name was Hamilton who, as the
> story goes,. was killed in a railroad accident. They were Native Iowans
and had 2
> small boys...Charles and Eugene. Its been my grandmothers wish to find out
> what happened to these boys or to at least find out what happend to the
> her mother loved. Her name was Carrie Edith Howery and later she married
> James Milo Reynolds in Custer County, South Dakota. He didn't treat her
> and my grandmother always hated that.
> I would really like to see if their were any railroad accidents that were
> based out of say Des Moines or somewhere else in Iowa in 1900-1910.
> It was truely sad b/c the boys were sent to the grandpartents house so
> Carrie could find work and a new hubbby and with a large family of their
> they gave the boys away and wouldn't ever say what became of them....it
> her great pain until she died. They would have been barely out of their
> todddler years if that.
> Id be interested in knowing of any Railroad accidents that occured during
> that time period...even a few years before. Seeing if I could somnehow
> name. I know his last name was Hamilton....my grandma believes it was
> Please email me with any and all info.
> Rebecca R. Snyder
> Bradley Descendant and Geneologist
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> Warren,Iowa, Eddysville, Iowa
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