Train Wrecks, Fires and Other Calamities
- - 1873 - - Death's Icy Harvest
Source: Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio (Monday, January 20, 1873) transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.
More People Frozen to Death in Minnesota than were Burned up in Peshtigo.
The Polar Hurricane's Work of Death.
A Tragedy Without a Parallel in History.
From the St. Paul Press, Jan. 18th.
NEW ULM, Jan. 14, 1873
L. M. Fox, wife, child and nephew, were overtaken by the storm on the Redwood road between Madalia and Marshall. They protected themselves with a sleigh box and sacks of flour until Wednesday morning when the nephew and child died. The mother held the dead body of her child in her arms until Friday morning, when they were discovered and taken to Marshall. Mr. Fox is very badly frozen, and his wife is insane.
THE EXPERIENCE AT ST. JAMES.
ST. JAMES, MINN., Jan. 13.
The weather of Tuesday morning was warm and pleasant and thawing. About 1:50 p.m. the weather began to change, and in a few minutes the fury struck us from the northwest, and lasted for sixty-four hours. The casualties so far reported are five men and one woman found frozen to death, and several others still missing. About seventy-five head of cattle are reported frozen to death in this county.
CASUALTIES AT SIBLEY.
SIBLEY, Jan. 14.
P. Baker and A. K. Jenkins started on Tuesday morning for Rock Rapids by stage, and were lost in the last storm. They were found on Friday about nine miles west. The latter was frozen to death. The former narrowly escaped the same fate, freezing both feet. It is thought he will loose them. Imagine what a horrible situation he was in. His companion lay close by him freezing to death, and his horses also dying, and he lay without the power of assistance.
P. Lauderberger started from a neighbor's house for his home on the prairies and has not been heard from since the storm. He is supposed to have perished.
THE STORM AT GLYNDON.
GLYNDON, Jan. 13.
Fearful storm on the 7, 8th and 9th of January. The wind blew a perfect gale, and the snow flew so that is impossible to see. A man named Christopherson started home on the evening of the 7th, about two miles distant, with an ox team, and was frozen to death. The body was found on the afternoon of the 9th. The day previous the oxen were found nearly dead and covered in a snow drift. Another man named Berry 25 years old started home from a neighbor's half a mile distant, and has not yet been heard from. A large party started in search of him today. Considerable damage was done to property. Mr. Christopherson leaves a wife and several small children in poor circumstances.
ST. PAUL, Jan 15.
A man named Haddamack, a resident of Le Sueur and employed near St. James as a fence builder, is reported lost, and has probably perished. It appears that there were a number of men in the party employed at some distance from St. James. During the afternoon their attention was attracted by a sound which resembled distant thunder, and some of them suspecting that a wintry hurricane was approaching, immediately started for drifts in the vicinity for protection. Before they had reached the cover the fierce gust had enveloped them, and it was found extremely difficult to keep their direction, even with the railroad track to guide them. The party, with the exception of the man named, reached a place of safety, but he is still among the missing, the body not having been recovered at last accounts.
There were rumors yesterday that three mercantile travelers of this city had been lost between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely, and New Ulm and Madelia, but as they undoubtedly referred to Messrs. Chase, McKelvey and Neidhammer, they may be regarded as without any other foundation than their narrow escapes which have already been made public.
Deputy U. S. Marshall Cleveland was out on the line of the Sioux City road during the storm, and says that no attempted description can do justice or adequately picture its ferocity and power. He mentioned the case of an unfortunate mother living at Wisner's Grove, Faribault county, whose anxiety for the safety of her child absent at school, induced her to brave the terrible elements without for the purpose of shielding it from danger. She left home and started for the school house but nothing more was known of her until her dead body was found in the snow some distance from her home. There are several such instances in the history of the three days, and they are truly too sad for words.
A man by the name of Thomas O'Connell, while endeavoring to cross High Island Lake, in Sibley county, was frozen to death, as was also one yoke of his oxen. A man by the name of Platt had twelve head of cattle frozen to death in his county. Another man by the name of Ogleville lost six head and another four head. Fears are entertained that other persons have perished as they have not been heard from. The Hastings & Dakota railroad is blockaded, and has been since Wednesday.
A young man named Robert Kirk, residing in the town of Lincoln, Blue Earth county, froze to death in the late storm. He had been after wood with a yoke of cattle, and nearly reached home, when it is probable that the cattle either would or could not face the wind and turned away from the home, they were unhitched, and when found one was stiff. The young man had travelled quite a distance, and apparently did not give up till exhausted and frozen. He was an amiable and respected young man, and greatly mourned by all who know him. At the same time and in the same locality was a school house with Miss Kate Meixel as teacher, and as Tuesday morning was very pleasant, all the children in the district were present. Mr. Andrew Swanson, who lives near the school house was away from home during the day, but hurried back to compel the children to remain in the school house until the storm subsided, as he could manage to provide for them in some way. He took all the little children into his house it being too small to accommodate all, and the large children stayed in the school house until the storm was over. A young man named Swanson stayed with them to help them and take care of them. Mr. Swanson provided them with food. This prevented the loss of several lives.
From the St. Paul Despatch, Jan. 14.
Winnebago City, Faribault county, and vicinity suffered terribly in the late storm. The mild weather just previous had induced many persons to be abroad for fuel and other supplies. When the storm suddenly burst on Tuesday afternoon, some 70 teams were in Winnebago City. They were hurriedly hitched up by those anxious to get home to their friends, and started to face the pitiless storm of wind and snow. In many cases those whose roads lay against the wind were compelled to turn back and were only too glad to reach the village again in safety. Those who kept on it is feared have met a terrible fate in the snow drifts. The storm raged furiously from 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon til 7 o'clock Thursday evening. The wind was very strong and the air so dense with driving snow that it was impossible to see more than ten feet ahead. There are numerous sad stories afloat of the missing.
A yoke of oxen and load of hay was found about a mile from Garden City, Blue Earth county, on Friday, but nothing is known of the young man who started with them. A man named Wolverton was frozen to death across the river from Mankato. A horrible but well authenticated report from Mankato says that a team and eight persons were frozen to death on the road between St. James and Modelia. The driver was in his seat, and the other seven in the bottom of the sleigh covered with blankets but frozen stiff.
From St. James, Wantonwan county, here are reports of numerous casualties, southwest of that town a man and two yoke of oxen were frozen to death and seven miles north two boys and a yoke of oxen met the same fate. About three miles from Medelia, a man had unhitched his team and started to search for his house, leaving his wife in the sleigh. She becoming alarmed at his absence went to look for him and both were frozen to death. Their bodies were found on Friday. We did not learn their names.
The storm struck a party of section men about four and a half miles from St. James. They all reached the village except one on Tuesday. On Thursday they went in search of their comrade, and found him asleep in a snow bank. When he woke up he inquired if breakfast was ready, and then asked for a chew of tobacco. He had a shovel with him and had dug a room in the snow bank, the exercise doubtless saving his life.
On Tuesday afternoon a man whose wife was sick, started for New Ulm for a doctor leaving her alone at home. No doctor would venture out in the storm, but one promised to go the next day. The man started back, but was frozen to death when about half way. The next day when the doctor reached the house he found the woman had given birth to a child, and both were frozen to death.
Seventeen coffins were taken from New Ulm on Saturday to bury the dead bodies found in that vicinity.
Thirteen persons were frozen to death at Lake Hensky, six miles from Lake Crystal.
A teacher foolishly allowed six children to leave a school-room between Fort Ridgely and Beaver Falls, and they were frozen to death. Another teacher near New Ulm kept his 40 scholars from Tuesday to Friday, himself walking a mile or more through the storm to get food for them.
A farmer named Thomas Johnson living near Evansville, in the northern part of the State, was frozen to death together with his team on Thursday while going to the mill a few miles distant.
A man and ox team were frozen near Stony brook ten miles from Pomme de Terre.
A young man living near Fergus Falls was on his way home from Canada, where he had just been married, with his bride. At Pomme de Terre the young man's father met the pair and all started for home, but were overtaken by the storm. Losing their way the two men left the sleigh to search for the road. The young woman becoming alarmed at their absence left the sleigh to look for them. After wandering around for some time she took shelter among some logs, where she was found two days afterward so badly frozen that no hopes are entertained of her recovery. The father and son have not been found. Their names are William and Marlin Tims.
On Tuesday a man and boy left Scandia seven miles northeast of Morris, on the main line of the St. Paul & Pacific road, for a load of wood. The frozen team was found on Friday, but the man and boy have not been heard of.
A Norwegian named Fladeland, started on Tuesday from Morris for his home in Scandia, but up to Friday had not been seen or heard of.
On Tuesday a man living seven miles west of Glenwood, Pope county, started to cut wood. He was found on Sunday morning so badly frozen that he cannot recover.
A young man named Berry and a Swede named Christopherson were frozen to death near Glyndon.
Fred Warnke, who lived four miles from Henderson, was found on Tuesday frozen to death within a hundred steps of a neighbor's house. He leaves a wife and six children.
It is estimated that within a radius of twenty-five miles of Fergus Falls fifty persons have been frozen to death.
Otter Tail county has suffered severely, five persons residing near St. Orloff having been frozen to death, mostly Norwegian prairie farmers, and accounts have been received of about one hundred cattle and thirty horses and mules perishing on Parker's prairie.
- - 1880 - - RATES REDUCED.
Source: The Northern Pacific Farmer (Wadena, MN) January 8, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
January 1, the passenger rates on the Northern Pacific were materially reduced. The rate between Fargo and St. Paul and Minneapolis now is $9.40 instead of $12.50 as before. A reduction has also been made in the price of coupon tickets to all points east and south of St. Paul.
They have also made a reduction in the freight rates and altogether have adopted a policy which will be beneficial both to the people and the road.
- - 1880 - - A BROKEN RAIL SENDS SLEEPING CAR TO DESTRUCTION AT MENDOTA.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 6, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
There is no intelligence fraught with the horrors of uncertainty so much as the first vague news of a frightful railroad calamity. Intelligence is always accompanied by the inevitable elements of doubt, and the slightest gossamer threads of rumor are made to serve as a vehicle for the transmission of information that involves the most dread and painful consequences.
Among the numerous disasters by rail that have been chronicled since the opening of the winter season, the vicinity of St. Paul has experienced a singular and fortunate immunity. Resting in perfectly natural serenity, born of such a happy condition of things in the past, it was not strange that the news of a frightfully shocking accident at her very doors yesterday morning should give rise to the most sickening sensations of horror.
A defective rail, having in its composition a hole not much larger than the eye of a cambric needle, had been penetrated by the frost, and without a moment's warning had snapped like a pipe stem, precipitating the most cruel and frightful calamity.
At 9:30 o'clock the news came that an accident had happened to the No. 1 morning express on the river division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad at Mendota Junction, about six miles from this city and that the accident involved serious if not fatal consequences. The news of the disaster spread rapidly, and the uncertain character of the report and the absence of details, gave rise to the most intense and feverish excitement.
Highly colored and exaggerated accounts were circulated by the stupidly malicious or knowing ones, and it would be difficult to imagine a more painful condition of things than prevailed pending definite information of the accident. It was known that the River express due here at 6 o'clock yesterday morning had arrived two hours late, having been detained that length of time at Red Wing owing to an accident to a freight train. The train left here at 8:20 o'clock yesterday morning in charge of Conductor Charles Howard, and was composed of the locomotive, an express and baggage car, two passenger coaches and a sleeping car.
A score of wires were set clicking and on wings of lightning the additional information came that owing to a broken rail the sleeping coach had been thrown from the track and precipitated down an embankment. No fatalities were reported, and it was stated that the remainder of the train had not shred in the terrible calamity.
With customary enterprise a GLOBE representative was soon speeding for the scene of the disaster.
SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.
In order to appreciate the appalling nature of the accident the reader must necessarily have some idea of the geographical position of the adjuncts which conspired to cause the calamity. No more consummate arrangement of circumstances can be imagined for the occurrence of such an affair than those p resented at the scene of the accident. The contour of the location looks as if it had been formed by nature for just such an accident.
Directly after passing the Mendota junction going westward from Mendota, the tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad company shoot an abrupt angle (to the left of the Sioux City railroad tracks), the bed road of the track gradually ascending a bluff, while the latter road runs parallel on another bluff skirting the river and about twenty-two feet below the bed road of the track under consideration.
About half way between the Mendota and St. Paul junction, fronting the village of Mendota, and 100 feet from the river, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad passes over the tracks of the Sioux City road by means of a trestle work bridge, which is raised about 25 feet the above latter road. The bridge is about 200 feet long, the sides being partially protected by bulwarks of heavy timber, which present at a distance the appearance of ordinary siding.
HOW THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
The express train left the junction a few minutes before 9 o'clock, made up as before described, the sleeping coach, of course, being in the rear of the train. A short time before this, a freight train had passed the scene of the subsequent accident in perfect safety. Just as the train pulled out from the junction, Conductor Howard boarded the rear end of the sleeping coach "Pembina," passing through the car for the purpose of seeing to the welfare of the passengers. As the occupants of the "Pembina" are the only ones who suffered by the terrible affair, and being inseparably associated with this painful narrative, the personel of the passengers is herewith given. The occupants were eight in all including Henry A. Platt, the colored porter, the passengers being:
Prof. H. C. Whitney, of Shattuck school, Faribault, occupying section No. 5.
Dr. Darling A. Stewart, of Winona, section No. 13.
Rev. J. H. Cowdry, Faribault, section No. 4.
Mrs. C. H. Prior and son, wife and son of Supt. Prior, sections No. 9 and 10.
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Blood of the St. James hotel, Red Wing.
The train had gotten well under way and was running about twenty miles an hour at the time of reaching the bridge. The engine passed over the treacherous place and steamed on to the bridge in safety, no shock being experienced by Mr. W. J. Davis, the engineer, except the subsequent irregular motion caused by the other cars, which establishes the fact that the rail was broken by one of the first two cars immediately beyond the engine.
Conductor Howard had just passed through the train and was about entering the baggage-car when he was horrorfied by a sudden and ominous jumping, simultaneously with which George Armstrong, the baggageman, jumped for the air brake cord, which he secured too late to prevent the accident, but in time enough, fortunately, to stop the train before it had proceeded 100 feet, and thus proven more horrible consequences.
The eternity of feeling that was crowded into the infinitesimal portion of time among the panic struck and helpless inmates of the sleeping coach may be imagined, but not easily described. At the time of the shock the passengers were reading, chatting or inspection the picturesque scenery which characterizes the landscape in the vicinity of Mendota.
Dr. Steward was near the rear end of the car pleasantly chatting with the porter, who was brushing his clothing preparatory to leaving the train. "I heard something bumping over the ties," said the doctor to one of his friends yesterday afternoon, "and that is all I remember of the accident."
In an instant of time the passengers realized that something awful had happened. The car danced and bumped over the ties for a second, and before the victims appreciate the peril of their position the car had shot from the track, dragging its human freight into the fearful abyss.
The plunge was fearfully precipitous and awful to contemplate. In making the first descent the car plunged downward about twenty-five feet, turning over in its descent, and striking the tracks of the Sioux City road in a lateral position, with the rear end of the car forward. The rebound from the track was equally terrific, and with increased momentum, the car bounded over the embankment of the Sioux City road, descending a distance of over twenty feet, turning completely over in the fall and striking top downwards.
As before stated, the train had been stopped as soon as possible, which was almost wholly owing to the wooden bulwark or guards of the bridge, which successfully repulsed the forward cars of the train which came in contact with the bulwarks two or three times after leaving the track.
Upon realizing what had taken place Conductor Howard and the passengers on the day coaches set about relieving the victims and ascertaining the extent of the casualty, averting the possibility of fire by squelching the flames which commenced to make their appearance in the vicinity of the heater. The Rev. Mr. Cowdry managed to extricate himself from the wreck, following which Mrs. Prior and son were rescued, together with the remainder of the passengers, all of whom were injured, as heretofore described. Prof. Whitney and Dr. Stewart being the only ones, who, in all probability will sustain permanent injuries.
Shortly after the accident, a special relief car was sent to the scene of the disaster, conveying a thither a half dozen surgeons, Superintendent Prior, two or three sisters of mercy and several railroad officials.
The scene presented would have enlisted all the humane and kindlier sympathies. The wrecked car reclined fifty feet below the track, and from eighty to ninety feet from the grade of the railroad.
The car was perfectly demoralized, being a chaotic and indistinguishable mass of interwoven upholstery, bedding, baggage and bric-a-brac, all of which were grotesquely tortured out of all semblance to their original formation.
Standing partially on the bridge, over 130 feet from the misshapen mass below, were the engine, express cars and two day coaches, about fifty feet from the rear of which could have been seen the tangled and treacherous rail, to the untimely breakage of which is attributed the accident.
A minute inspection of the rail by a GLOBE reporter demonstrated that it had broken in close proximity to the switch, about 120 feet from the bridge, the breakage having occurred about four feet from the joint, and strange to say the bar seemed to have been broken in two places, each cut being as precise as if severed by a razor.
EXTENT OF THE INJURIES.
As early as practicable the sufferers were conveyed to Minneapolis, where they were put under the charge of Dr. Kimball, the company's physician. After a careful diagnosis the injuries were found to be as follows:
Dr. D. A. Stewart, Winona, painfully bruised in several parts of the body; several gashes on the head; severely sprained across the hips, chest and shoulders.
Prof. H. C. Whitney, left foot terribly mangled, severe bruises in the back and about the limbs, and an ugly gash in the head.
Rev. J. H. Cowdry, bruised about the body and several painful gashes in the head.
E. J. Blood, sprained back; injured internally; several bruises on the head and lower limbs. Mr. E. J. Blood, arm very badly lacerated and right ear torn; wrist dislocated.
Mrs. Prior, slight injuries about the head and body.
The young son of Mrs. Prior received a number of scratches on the hand, and a slight contusion on the head.
Henry Platt, the porter, sustained a cut on the back of the head, and several bruises about the body. It is feared that he too sustained internal injuries.
Upon arriving at Minneapolis the train was met by carriages. Dr. Stewart being quartered at the Nicollet house, Prof. Whitney being conveyed to the residence of a friend, Rev. Mr. Cowdry to relatives on Sixth street, and Mr. and Mrs. Blood to the residence of Mr. Moor, corner of Hawthorne avenue and Twelfth street.
Towards evening yesterday Dr. Kimball amputated a portion of Mr. Whitney's foot, severing three toes therefrom, and at a late hour last night he was doing well.
Dr. Stewart is waited upon by Dr. Franklin Staples, of Winona, an old and trusted friend. He was resting comfortably last midnight, and it is thought that he will rapidly recover.
Henry Platt, the colored porter, was bleeding slightly at the lungs last night, and it is feared that his injuries are more serious than at first supposed. The remainder of the victims are doing well.
The brother of Dr. Stewart and the father of Prof. Whitney have been sent for and will arrive this morning.
INTERVIEW WITH PRIOR.
Superintendent Prior told a Globe reporter yesterday afternoon that new steel rails had been laid at the place where the accident took place, last spring, and that the ties are composed of white oak wood. Altogether the escape from a general catastrophe is almost miraculous, and the accident is not attributed to any carelessness on the part of the company.
Trains on this road were suspended between St. Paul and Minneapolis until afternoon, when the track was cleared and schedule time was resumed.
- - 1881 - - SERIOUS RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
Source: Warren Sheaf (MN) February 9, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
The Car Thrown from the Track by a Broken Wheel. Tumbles Down an Embankment Fifty Feet
The train that left St. Paul, Minnesota, on the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba railroad at 7:30 o'clock on the morning of February 2, met with a serious accident near Elk River, Minnesota. The accident was caused by a broken wheel under the rear coach, which caused it to break its couplings and tumble down an embankment, landing right side up nearly fifty feet from the track. The car was set on fire from the stoves, but quickly put out by the train men.
Eleven of the passengers received severe cuts and bruises, and the car seats and floor were covered with blood. Two of the lady passengers received severe cuts on their heads, and several of the gentlemen passengers also received severe scalp wounds. Following is a list of the injured:
Mrs. L. L. Mann, St. Paul, badly injured in back, spine and head.
Mrs. Chase, Kasson, Minn., head cut and otherwise injured.
Miss Chase, Kasson, Minn., wrist cut.
Newsboy Benson, St. Paul, badly injured in spine.
Albert Eggert, land examiner of the road, seriously injured in the back and spine.
D. M. Clough, of the lumber firm of Clough Bros., East Minneapolis, bruised on the side of the face and left shoulder hurt.
L. G. Huddleston, of Sauk Center, bruised on the side of the head.
W. J. Van Dyke, of Minneapolis, hand badly hurt and face bruised.
H. T. Clark, of Minneapolis, injured severely on the head.
Rev. W. Whitney, of Mankato, bruised slightly on the head.
F. Phelps, of Appleton, Wis., badly hurt in the head and back.
- - 1881 - - THE ROTHSAY DISASTER
Reticent Railway Officials
ST. PAUL, Minn, April 1.-The reticence of the railroad company made it difficult to obtain facts about the accident of Rothsay, on the St. Paul and Minneapolis and Manitoba Road. The following is learned: The accident occurred about six miles north of Rothsay, which is the next station this side of Barnesville, about 6:30 o'clock yesterday morning. At that hour the air was filled with flying snow, which was lifted and whirled about by the prevailing high wind, rendering it difficult to see any distance ahead. A slight snow fall had taken place on Wednesday night, which was followed by a severe gale of wind which continued from about midnight on Wednesday up to and even after midnight last night. The passenger train which, left here at the usual time on Wednesday night had passed in safety to the point mentioned, when at the hour named, it ran into a freight train which was also going north striking the rear of the caboose upsetting the same, and setting it on fire. Several persons are known to have been in the caboose at the time. Their names and fate are given below:
Oliver Lischtz, of Waterloo, Iowa, burned to death.
William Missinger, of Stillwater, Minn., injured so much that he died this morning between 9 and 10 o'clock.
Martin Walker, of River Falls, Wis., right thigh broken and otherwise injured.
David Young, of Reed's Landing, hands, back, head, and face cut.
Henry Kappell, of Hastings, Minn., head and face cut and thigh and shoulder fractured.
Angus McClellen, of Pembina, slightly injured.
Edward Galligher, residence unknown, side, back and head cut.
Joseph Singo, of St. Paul, was reported burned to death, but it seems he was simply missing, and turned up this morning all right. He was probably in the stock car at the time, which circumstance gave rise to the report of his death.
The wounded were taken to Fergus Falls as soon as possible, and three physicians summoned to attend them. The condition of the wounded to-day is represented as favorable.
[Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Saturday, April 2, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
- - 1891 - - RAILROAD ACCIDENT
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) Friday, October 30, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Collision at a Crossing Causes the Death of Two Persons and Serious Injury to Two Others.
St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 30.-A serious railroad accident occurred Thursday morning at Taopi, Minn., which is a little over a hundred miles south of St. Paul. The Kansas City and Milwaukee roads cross at this point. The Kansas City passenger train No. 1 from Chicago, due at St. Paul at 7:30, started up and just as it was at the crossing a Milwaukee freight train collided with the Kansas City engine.
Engineer Chambers, of the Milwaukee, who resides at Austin, was killed. A tramp who was stealing a ride under the forward end of the Kansas City baggage car was also killed. Fireman Lynch, of the Kansas City engine, was fatally injured. Fireman Thorson, of the C. M. & St. P. train was seriously injured. The trainmen of the C. M. & St. P. train claimed that the St. P. & K. C. train ran into them. Both engines were ditched.
- - 1892 - - THE DEADLY TORNADO.
[Source: San Francisco Call (CA) Volume 72, Number 18, 18 June 1892; submitted by Robin Line]
Further Details of the Minnesota Cyclone Still Coming In.
DIER DESTRUCTION AND LOSS OF LIFE.
The Storm Passed Over the Richest Farming Country in the State - Some furious Freaks of the Wind.
St. Paul, June 17. - Reports about the cyclone which devastated the southern portion of the State on Wednesday are still coming in. The first reports as to loss of life have proved to be somewhat overestimated, yet the death toll is not less than 30 and may grow to 50. The dead and injured in the Polish settlement, eight miles north, east of Wells, cannot be estimated. The greatest loss was about Wells and Minnesota Lake. The list of dead as far as known includes those in that neighborhood and around Hartland. The dead are: John Brown and wife, Herman Brenner, Mrs. John Latusick, son of Maland Stein, Mrs. John Delia, son of John Pietror, Michael Iverson, wife and three children, Alfred Frederick's stepfather, child of Lichtenberger, Andrew Hanson, two children of a man named Hebes, Henry Brewer, Mrs. Cautouchek, Alfred Frederick and the two daughters of Christian Melchert. Missing - Thomas Yokiel and several others are reported. A large number were injured, among them Miss O'Hare and 16 pupils at the Silverton school, several of whom may die. Over 30 people are reported injured, half a dozen of whom cannot live. Two people were killed north of Richland. An 18-month-old baby was found in a swamp, where it was carried by the wind, uninjured. The destruction to property is very great, as the path of the cyclone was through the richest farming section of the State. Fairmont reports two killed and many injured. Seven persons were killed between Winnebago City and Sherbourne.
- - 1892 - - RAILWAY LABORERS CAUGHT IN THE WRECKED CARS AND CRUSHED TO DEATH.
Source: San Francisco chronicle (San Francisco, CA) Sunday, August 28, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
BARRETT (Minn.), August 27.-"Soo" passenger train 65 crashed through a trestle bridge half a mile east of her this afternoon. The train left Minneapolis at 8:35 this morning. It is the regular daylight passenger which divides at Harkinson for Oakes and Valley City.
The train consisted of a mail and baggage car and two coaches. It was due at Barrett at 3:09 o'clock, and was on time when it struck the bridge. The engine and the first car crossed safely, two coaches being precipitated to the ground twelve feet below.
There were 100 passengers aboard, sixty of whom were laborers en route for the end of the track to work on the valley extension. Six passengers were killed and thirty were wounded, receiving bruises and scratches, but they proceeded on their journey.
The list of the dead and wounded, so far as known, is as follows: Gustat Bosquit, Hoofman, Minn.; Mike Crocket, laborer, Depere, Wis.; two unknown laborers.
Among the more seriously hurt are the following: Seymour Bugbee, Manistee, Mich., will die; A. C. Blyer, Elbow Lake, cut above the eyes; Mrs. A. C. Beylea, internally injured; George W. Gelzell, Charleston, S. C., shoulders and jaws injured, may die; Dennis Horton, Menominee, Mich., internally injured; George W. Haywood, Elk River, Minn., legs badly hurt; Charles E. Larson, Watertown, Minn., badly bruised; John McMillan, roadmaster, will die; Carl Peterson, Watertown, Minn., scalp badly cut; John Thompson, Boardman, internally injured; D. F. Vale, St. Paul, upper lip severed.
The two men killed, whose names are not known, were farm laborers. Their bodies floated down the river and, so far as is known, have not been recovered. Surgeons from Glenwood and Elbow lake arrived soon after the accident and did all in their power to relieve the sufferings of the wounded.
The scenes at the wreck were pitiful. Many men were bound for the same destination and had previously worked together. They were enjoying themselves on the train and were in a particularly jubilant mood when the disaster occurred.
The shock was frightful. The train was proceeding at a slow rate of speed, as the trestle was known to be unsafe. The engineer noticed as the train neared the end of the bridge that it was swaying and he put on every pound of steam possible. Despite all he could dome, however, only the engine, mail and baggage cars passed over safely. With a crash the weakened trestle fell, carrying with it two cars crowded with passengers. The fall was ot great-twelve feet-but it was sufficient to partially demolish the cars, the work of destruction being aided by the great beams of the bridge falling across the coaches.
Such of the passengers as were able to move crowded out of the cars, the comparatively uninjured aiding their less fortunate companions. Gustaf Boquist was pinned to a seat in the car in which he had been traveling by a huge girder, and it required fully two hours of hard work to extricate him. Two hours later he died.
Laurie and Crackett were instantly killed, while Smith lay among the ruins in one of the cars. His skull was fractured and he was terribly crushed about the chest.
A special train of sleeping cars and a "diner" carrying a corps of surgeons in charge of Dr. C. T. Allen left Minneapolis yesterday afternoon and arrived at the scene of the wreck at 9 o'clock last night. This train will return to Minneapolis tomorrow.
John McMillan, whose injuries are considered fatal, is the roadmaster of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie. He was on the train in the discharge of his duty. He is one of the best known railroad men in the northwest.
[Source: The Princeton Union (MN) September 1, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
The List of Killed in the Soo Wreck at Barrett Likely to Be Increased.
Considerable Bitterness Is Expressed Against the Railroad Company.
Elbow Lake, Minn., Special. Aug. 30.-An inquest over the Soo wreck of Saturday commenced at Barrett to-day. It has developed that the bridge was rotten, and it is alleged that the company's agents reported its unsafe condition, which has been the talk of the Barrett people for some time. Public feeling is running high against the company, and the verdict of the coroner's jury is expected to lay the foundation of the indictment of the officials. The engineer of the ill-fated train testified that he was running on schedule time, about thirty miles an hour, having no order to the contrary. On the same day at noon he went over the same bridge on the east-bound passenger train having orders that the track was in a bad condition owing to the storm, which at Barrett was in the nature of a cloudburst. The coroner has ordered the raking of swollen Pomme de Terre river, as telegrams of inquiry point to several missing and not accounted for. The five unclaimed bodies will remain unburied until the close of the inquest. Gustaf Bergquist, who lived at Hoffman, has been buried. John McMillan, roadmaster, is dying. All others who were fatally injured were removed to Minneapolis hospitals. The bridge will not be repaired for several days, as it is raining almost continuously and the whole country is under water. Regular trains are being run at both ends with an improvised ferry at the scene of the disaster.
SERIOUS RAILROAD WRECK
[Source: The Indiana Progress (PA) September 7, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Near Elbow Lake, Minn., two crowded passenger cars on train No. 65 of the Soo road went through the trestle. Four men were killed outright and about 30 others injured. The dead are: Gust Bergquist, of Hoffman, Minn., James Lannia, of Byprass, Minn., Edward Smith, of Dunbar, Wis., and Michael Crockett, of Ironwood, Mich. The passengers were principally harvest hands on their way to the Dakota harvest fields.
- - 1892 - - WENT INTO THE RIVER.
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) August 31, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
A Passenger Train on the Soo Road Wrecked Near Barrett, Minn.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn., Aug. 2. - The west bound passenger on the Soo line, consisting of three coaches and one horse car, was wrecked one mile east of Barrett, about eight miles east of this place, by the giving away of a bridge crossing the Pomme de Terre river. The engine and horse car passed over safely, but the coaches all went down, the rear coach going to the bottom of the river and the others piling on top.
Telegrams were sent to Elbow Lake and Glenwood for help. This place sent down fifty men. About 200 men were at the bridge, all doing what they could toward extricating the wounded and removing the dead. The scene at the wreck was heart-rending. The list of the dead and seriously wounded, so far as known, is as follows:
EDWARD SMITH, Dunbar, Wis., laborer.
MICHAEL CROCKETT, De Pere, Wis., laborer.
JAMES LAURIE, Syracuse, N. Y., laborer.
GOSTAF BOQUIST, Hoffman, Minn.
TWO UNKNOWN LABORERS, whose bodies floated down the river and have not yet been recovered.
John McMillan, roadmaster, back hurt and internal injuries; recovery very doubtful.
Carl Peterson, Watertown, Minn., large scalp wound.
Dennis Horton, Menominee, Mich., internal injuries.
John Thompson, Boardman, Wis., internally injured.
Seymour Bugbee, Manistee, Mich., head badly cut and internally injured; cannot recover.
A. C. Belyea, Elbow Lake, cut about the eyes.
Mrs. Belyea, internally injured.
George Gelsell, Charleston, S. C., both shoulders, foot and jaw injured; recovery doubtful.
Matt Kelley, Ashland, Wis., had cuts to neck, shoulder and face.
D. F. Vale, St. Paul, upper lip nearly severed.
George Haywood, Elk River, Minn., legs badly hurt.
George Livingstone, laborer, injured internally.
MORE PEOPLE MISSING.
Elbow Lake, Minn., Aug. 29. - An inquest over the Soo wreck of Saturday has commenced at Barrett. It has developed that the bridge was rotten, and it is alleged that the company's agents reported the unsafe condition, which has been the talk of the Barrett people for some time. Public feeling is running high against the company, and the coroner's jury is expected to lay the foundation for the indictment of the officials. The coroner has ordered the raking of swollen Pomme de Terre river, as telegrams of inquiry point to several missing and not accounted for.
- - 1895 - - MANY PASSENGERS HURT.
Source: The San Francisco Call (CA) September 18, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Serious Accident to a Soo Line Train in Minnesota.
ANNANDALE, Minn., Sept. 17. - Yesterday at noon a serious accident occurred to the passenger train on the Soo line that left Minneapolis at 9 o'clock, but it was not reported until 2 o'clock this morning. When within four miles of this place the rear coaches, filled with passengers, were thrown down an embankment, turning over twice. Many were bruised, some seriously, but no one was killed. The coaches before being upset passed over a small bridge and completely demolish it.
Among the injured were: Miss Katie Hanson, Elbow Lake, Minn., cut in the head; D. W. Cassidy, arms bruised; Mr. Frazier, San Francisco, side hurt; W. B. Hammond, Paynesville, thigh and nose injured; R. T. Roberts, North Dakota, head cut; Mrs. R. T. Roberts, cut over eye; Mrs. D. E. Lamb, Farwell, Minn., generally bruised and cut; Mrs. Robert Burns, Ashby, Minn., head and side bruised; S. H. Caswell, Mora, Minn., hip injured; H. H. Velie, Sedan, injured internally; Mrs. F. J. Outram, Lucca, N. D., back of head cut and bruised over eye; Miss Jennie S. McKenzie, Holmes City, Minn., head badly bruised; Mrs. Jacobs, Elbow Lake, side of head bruised; Miss Belle Kent, Tacoma, Wash., cut over eye.
- - 1898 - - FATAL DE-RAILMENT
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, November 25, 1898; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
A Burlington Passenger Train Dashes off the Track While
GOING ROUND A CURVE
One of the Coaches Filled With Passengers Rolls Down an Embankment Fatally Injuring Two and Seriously Injuring Many Others.
Minneapolis, Nov. 24.-A special to the Tribune from Burlington, Iowa, says: The Burlington at 6:30 a. m., but running four hours late, was going very rapidly six miles north of Burlington, when the train struck a curve and two cars left the track. The day coach containing about twenty passengers rolled over twice and landed right side up in a ditch fifty feet away. The Pullman left the rails but was not ditched. The following people were probably fatally injured: Mrs. Catharine Davis, widow, Columbus Junction, skull fractured, is dying.
Amama Harms, two years old, child of Mr. and Mrs. August Harms, Maxfield, Minn, back broken.
The severely injured: Miss Estella Bowen, Buckhorn, Brown county, Ill., hip fractured; Mrs. A. E. Gates, Welcome, Minn., back injured; Maria Fultonhauer, Hamburg, Minn., scalp wound.
Slightly injured: Myrtle Haywood, Iowa Falls, Ia.; Lizzie Mulhay, Kingston, Ia.; S. H. Wilson, Pleasant Grove, Ia.; Lurilla Ranschler, Pueblo, Col.; Glen Gates, boy, Welcome, Minn.; A. Y. Richmond, Pinkneyville, Ill.; John Minister, Calland, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. August Harms, Maxfield, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Ollrogge, Maxfield, Minn.; John Ives, brakeman; Andrew Vest, Fellsburg, Kan.; G. J. Kieburtz, Assumption, Ill.; Charles Johnson, Montrose, Ia.; W. R. Robinson, Ford River, Mich.; T. A. Bredick, Minneapolis. Word came to this city and at once a relief train with surgeons, stretchers, dressing and supplies started for the scene. After the wounded were cared for they were brought to St. Francis hospital.
- - 1904 - - THE SOO LINE'S NEW WINNIPEG SERVICE.
[Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) November 23, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
The Soo Line has formally opened its new Winnipeg line. The new road is 462 miles long and is as short as the shortest. It is a masterpiece of modern railroad construction and the new train services is not excelled anywhere. Good luck to the new Winnipeg line!
By a Staff Correspondent.
The first Soo Line train from the twin cities to Winnipeg, on Monday night, made a great hit.
Altho put in service modestly, and with no brass bands or blare of trumpets, the new train was awaited at every station by hundreds who have been counting the days when the Soo Line should give them the new line to Minneapolis and Winnipeg, and thus enable producers to reach these two great busy markets more conveniently and quickly. All thru Monday night the new Soo train, technically known as "No. 110" made its rapid way over the new track, rushing across the river and beside lake, over prairie and thru forest, stopping at new stations of new towns and receiving a glad welcome at all. As a messenger of civilization it led a more triumphal march than did any old world conqueror, for it meant business and prosperity and industry , the upbuilding, not the downpulling. At Glenwood, Alexandria, Parkers Prairie, Henning, Detroit and Callaway, crowds awaited "No. 110," and in the early morning hours the welcome continued at Mahnomen, Thief River Falls, Emerson and lastly and perhaps even more heartily at Winnipeg.
And so, exactly on its schedule from St. Paul and Minneapolis to the metropolis of western Canada, the train made its first trip and the Soo Line's Winnipeg line was opened for traffic.
ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION.
Naturally enough, the first question most discerning travelers ask about a new road is as to the condition of its track. A rough roadbed or uneven tracks, no matter how beautiful the trains, does not tend to make friends for a road or to keep travel between competitive points, and so it was with the idea of telling the public the exact facts about the new Winnipeg line that a Journal man climbed aboard the engine of the first train and made the first trip for engine riding tells the condition of a track instantly, and it was from this excellent vantage point that a thoro inspection was made.
The new line is a wonder.
Briefly, that tells the story of the new line's construction. It is safe to day there are very few roads in the United States that can show as excellent a road bed or as good a track. Of course, the new road will have to settle, be "worked" and kept leveled, but today as it stands it is the smoothest, firmest bit of track to be found anywhere and that is telling the plain facts in the matter.
There is no reason why it should not be a splendid line, for the Soo Line was built "for the long haul," as the railroad men say - which interpreted for the lay mind means that it was built for the future and the far-away future at that. It pays better to do a thing well in the beginning, altho the first cost may be much greater, tan to adopt the cheaper methods and keep tearing up and doing over. This principle applies most strongly to railroad construction.
The Soo people bought the best materials money could buy and put them together with the best ideas that genius has devised for modern track construction. The result is that the Soo line from Minneapolis to Emerson represents the acme of modern railroad building and means that the public may place its entire confidence in its safety on the fast Soo trains and so enjoy comfort from the very start.
The new line was laid by machinery! Think of a machine ingenious enough to enable a gang of workmen to lay nearly three miles of 80-pound-to-the-yard steel rails every day. And yet that was the Soo's record this summer. A word about the process may be worth the telling.
The track-laying machine consists of a stationary engine on the forward end of the first car of a train of fourteen flatcars, which is pushed by a powerful locomotive. The flatcar with this stationary engine is called the "pioneer car," and is the first car of the train run over the new track. The pioneer and the second car are devoted to the mechanism of the track-laying machine, eight of the rear cars being loaded with ties and four men with steel rails. Running the entire length of each side of the train are grooves. Thru one of the rails are pushed to the front, thru the other, ties. Rails and ties move along in the same way and with about the same machinery that is utilized to move logs in a sawmill. As the ties reach the head of the train, groups of men seize them and put them in place on the graded right of way. As the rails come to the front they are loosely bolted together and lifted from the pioneer car into place on the ties by a huge crane. The rails are spiked enough to allow the train to go forward and so the track-laying continues at a fast rate and at a great saving of time and expense over the old methods.
The Soo's roadbed has been under construction for the past two years and is graveled so well as to defy washouts from the severest storms that may happen. The steel rails are great 80-pounders and the ties are of the best selected hemlock and cedar variety, selected oak ties being used on all curves. The stations are thoroly modern and are built substantially and are furnished with all conveniences for the comfort of passengers.
There's no question about it - the new Winnipeg line is built right.
THE COUNTRY IT TRAVERSES.
The new Winnipeg line pierces a great country and affords railroad facilities to a section of Minnesota that has felt the need of such a line for ten years or more. The traveling public is familiar with the beautiful and fertile country of the Soo line as far west as Glenwood and from Glenwood to the Canadian boundary line at Emerson, the country is even richer in possibilities. There are almost inexhaustible resources in this great section awaiting development and settlement. It’s a phrase, true and pat, to call the Soo line's western territory "the park region of Minnesota" and this means more than mere beauty of lake and forest. Rolling prairies stretch away as far as the eye can reach, covered with the richest soil ever plowed or spaded awaiting only the hand of the tiller to make it yield abundant harvests. Wheat and most other grains can be grown in this new section and the diversified farmer will find abundant opportunities to plant and grow any crop he chooses to garner. The agricultural possibilities are innumerable on the Soo's new Winnipeg line.
And such beautiful shimmering lakes as the new line passes and winds around! They will make the heart of the fisher and hunter bound with joy for those virgin lakes are full of wonderful fish to be caught and are covered with ducks to be shot. Possibility No. 2 for the new line will be the charming resorts it will offer the hunter, the tourist, the sightseer.
These are the local possibilities of the Soo's new line but there is a broader and bigger significance to the new line as far as Winnipeg and the great Canadian northwest are concerned with the twin cities.
Minneapolis has much cause to be proud of the Soo line, for its advent to the twin cities meant cheaper rates for travel and freight. The public has been the gainer by reason of the Soo line's being built originally and the new Winnipeg line portends that here again Minneapolis and St. Paul are to be the gainers. Until recently the train service furnished between the twin cities and Winnipeg has been decidedly indifferent, the trip taking a night and most of a day each way. Thus time and money were needed to run up to Winnipeg and return. But at the announcement that the Soo line would build to Winnipeg, other lines became thoughtful and improved the service materially, and now with the Soo's new train a reality and with the mileage as short as the shortest, there will be a scramble for Canadian business that will mean first-class services in every respect.
AND THE TRAIN SERVICE.
The Soo's new trains to and from Winnipeg certainly afford railroad accommodations de luxe. Fast convenient, comfortable, elegant, luxurious - really one's supply of adjectives becomes beggared when one describes the service afforded. So that it can be readily analyzed, here it is in a nutshell:
DAILY - NORTH-BOUND, "NO. 110."
Leave St. Paul, 5 p. m.
Leave Minneapolis, 5:40 p. m.
Arrive Winnipeg, 8 a. m.
DAILY - SOUTH-BOUND, "NO. 109."
Leave Winnipeg, 5 p. m.
Arrive Minneapolis, 7:15 a. m.
Arrive St. Paul, 7:55 a. m.
Connections are thus made in Minneapolis and St. Paul with all morning trains for Chicago and twin city people can make the trip to and from Winnipeg and still have a full business day at home and in Winnipeg. When one considers that the distance is 460 miles, it can be appreciated that the trains are obliged to "go some" and yet, with the high class equipment and fast track, the speed is simply a delight.
The equipment of each train consists of a mail car, a baggage car, and two elegant coaches, with smoking compartments. The aisles are beautifully carpeted; there are excellent lavatories and toilet rooms and the seats are unusually high-backed and comfortable. Then there is a superb drawing room, sleeping car exquisitely finished in white mahogany and other choice woods and offering the traveler great comfort. Out of Minneapolis a handsome Soo line dining car serves supper and into Minneapolis, breakfast. Into Winnipeg, another car serves breakfast, and out of Winnipeg, supper. These cars are beautifully finished, a dome ceiling permitting handsome decorative effects.
The first train out of Minneapolis on Monday night was pulled by engine 509 - J. E. Malthouse, engineer - as far as Glenwood, and engine 26 - O. Lybeck, engineer - the rest of the way to Emerson, where the Canadian Pacific line is followed for sixty-six miles into Winnipeg. O. S. Powers who has been in the service of the Soo line since 1886, was the conductor in charge of the new train, and the trainmen were as proud of the new service as the proverbial youngster with his new pair of red top boots.
Very soon, both trains will be lighted by electricity and General Passenger Agent W. R. Callaway declares there will not be found two better trains anywhere.
Good luck to the Soo's new Winnipeg line!
Good luck to the "109" and "110" - the "Soo Electric-Lighted Flyers" to the great, rich King Edward land, whence will come much new business to Minneapolis, as the great Canadian country develops.
- - 1907 - - GREAT NORTHERN TRAIN WRECKED
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, March 9, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Two Passengers Reported Killed and Five Injured Near Ojata, N. D.
GRAND FORKS, N. D., March 8.-Great Northern passenger train No. 2 was wrecked near Ojata, about 9 o'clock tonight. Two passengers are reported killed-W. C. Andrew, paper salesman for Wright, Barrett & Stillwell of St. Paul and a man named Langer of Crookston. Five are reported injured. A special train was sent from Grand Forks to remove the injured and bring the passengers here.
The injured: Robert Hanson, Newell, Iowa arm broken and scalded, Knute Englebretson, Churches Ferry, N. D., head and arm injured; S. Mattson, Wilmot, S. D., head injured; William H. Sheppard, Lake Odessa, Mich., back wrenched; Walter Jennings, mail clerk, Minneapolis, scratched; Joseph Schields, Mendota, Minn., mail clerk, bruised slightly.
HAVE MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
The mail clerks had a miraculous escape. When the shock came one jumped to each end of the coach and the tender crashed through their coach between them, cutting through the car. The rest of the injured were in the front end of the day coach, which bore the full brunt of the shock.
Spreading of the rails is supposed to have caused the wreck.
- - 1914 - - WRECK DEALS DEATH; 65 ARE INJURED.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (March 15, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Passenger Train on the Omaha Road Leaves Rails Near Mendota, Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 14.-Miss Julia Highburg, 22 years old, of Minneapolis, was killed and perhaps sixty-five other persons injured, several probably fatally, when two coaches of passenger train No. 4 on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railroad left the rails and rolled down an embankment at Mendota, Minn., tonight. The first part of the train remained on the tracks and proceeded to St. Paul with the dead and injured.
The train, consisting of an engine, a baggage car and eight coaches, left Omaha for St. Paul at 7:45 o'clock this morning. After passing the station at Mendota, two coaches in the middle of the train broke from the other coaches and toppled over. One of them stood almost upright, throwing the passengers to the end of the coach. Hardly a passenger in this coach escaped injury. The fact that both coaches were steel probably saved a score of lives, railroad men say.
A relief corps was formed and the injured passengers lifted through the windows and doors of the coaches. Many were severely cut about the head and body by broken glass.
Every available ambulance met the train upon its arrival here, and the injured were hurried to the different hospitals of the city.
Railroad men differ as to the cause of the wreck, but the general opinion is that the rails crumpled after the engine and first few coaches had passed. An immediate investigation will be instituted.
The train was traveling less than thirty miles an hour when the wreck occurred.
Following were among the injured:
Sidney Moier, Omaha; internally injured.
D. T. Mauller, Des Moines; legs broken.
S. J. Johnson, Blue Earth, Minn.; skull fractured.
Mrs. E. R. Schlef, Fenton, Iowa; back injured.
E. R. Schlef, Fenton, Iowa; seriously cut about head.
Clarence Lindburg, Minneapolis; head badly cut.
E. A. Prouty, Minneapolis; back injured.
O. C. Hoffman, en route to Arkansas; head lacerated.
Mrs. James Morris, Minneapolis; internally injured.
Dr. G. Edward Larson, St. Peter, Minn.; badly cut.
J. R. Armstrong, St. Paul; several bones broken.
D. M. Bernstein, St. Paul; head seriously cut.
F. S. Berger, St. Paul; internal injuries.
Mrs. Amy Christianson and daughter, Inver Grove, Minn.; condition of both serious.
E. C. Cree, Aberdeen, S. D.; legs broken.
Miss Marian Drake, Blue Earth, Minn.; may die.
Barbara Eichorn, Leseur, Minn.; head cut.
E. S. Gregory, Chicago; severely cut about head.
Mrs. George Wright, Highmore, S. D.; condition serious.
Laura Wright; seriously injured.
Ida Wright; back injured.
Miss Minnie Belland, West Duluth, Minn.; head cut.
Charles Scott, Hastings, Iowa; condition serious.
Nels Christianson; Eagle Grove, Iowa; condition serious.
Mrs. Nels Christianson; may die.
The injured were met by friends or relatives when the train arrived here and taken to homes and private hospitals and no complete list of the number of the injured was available.
Dr. F. J. Jenkins, Toledo, Iowa, who dressed the wounds of most of the injured passengers, estimated the list of injured would exceed sixty-five and that several deaths would result.
The unidentified woman who met death was crushed between two seats.
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