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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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> Bradley, Rider, Fickle, Lillard, Vance, Brubaker, Howery, Roe
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> Old Rag Mountain Area of Culpeper County,Va, Washington,Va, Madison,VA,
> Warren,Iowa, Eddysville, Iowa
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"I have a gr-grandfather whom I blieved last name was Hamilton � killed in a railroad accident ... 2 small boys...Charles and Eugene. � Her name was Carrie Edith Howery and later she married James Milo Reynolds in Custer County, South Dakota. � were there any railroad accidents that were based out of say Des Moines or somewhere else in Iowa in 1900-1910. �
Rebecca, in order to help you, I�m trying to determine where & when the train wreck might have occurred. I need to narrow down location & possible dates.
Do you already have census information for Carrie? That would be very helpful. You said she and Charles were native Iowans, but I don�t know whether you mean they lived in Iowa at the time these events took place.
Do you know any of these facts about Carrie:
her parents� names
her birth date (or estimate)?
when she married REYNOLDS
names/birth dates&places of her children with REYNOLDS
You said "they" took Charles & Eugene to the grandparents� house. Which grandparents? Hamiltons or Howerys?
I�m including this interesting 1910 census page from Custer County, SD, showing James M. REYNOLDS and a Phillip HOWERY family as neighbors.
1910 US Census, South Dakota, Custer, School Dist. No. 12, ED 12, Sheet 14A
REYNOLDS, James M., head, m, w, 34, single, IA IRE VT, Sheep Owner/Sheep Ranch, Own Account
HOWERY, Philip D., head, m, w, [age 35, 45, 55?], married once/28 years, IA IN KY, Farmer
--Emma F., wife, f, w, 46, married once/28 years, bore 8 children/8 living, IA IN PA
--Catherine L., daughter f, w, 16, single, IA
--Maude I., daughter, f, w, 12, single, IA
--Esther F., daughter, f, w, 8, single, IA
Mary Thiele Fobian
Genealogical & Historical Research
Pacific Grove, California