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Raymond Allen,
a school boy of Springfield, MO., carried a stick of dynamite in his pocket with other toys and it exploded in school. He was fatally injured.
(Source: Chateaugay Journal, (New York) Oct. 28, 1897- Candi H.)

Springfield - The Wabash Cannon Ball derailed and the engineer fatally injured.
Engineer W. H. Bingham, of Springfield, was at the throttle of the locomotive drawing the west-bound Wabash Cannon Ball passenger train on its run on Thursday night.    Early yesterday morning, when the train was some sixteen miles west of Hannibal, the locomotive struck a horse, the force of the shock throwing the locomotive off the track and derailing the train. The fireman, Frank Majer, jumped and saved his life. Bingham went down with his engine and was fatally injured, dying three hours later.  He was a son of Cook Bingham, of the Bingham House, Springfield (himself known to every railroader in this part of the country), and was thirty years of age. He leaves a wife. The remains were taken to Springfield last night.
Bingham alternated run between Springfield and Quincy and Springfield and Moberly. As a mark of the respect in which he was held-there is no more popular man on the road then he was-the Wabash locomotives have been appropriately draped.
(Source: The Quincy Daily Herald, Feb. 1, 1890. Submitted by Debbie Lee)

Cornelius and Leake
Last Saturday night about 9 o'clock a fire broke out in the building opposite the Methodist Church; occupied as a bakery by Mr. Cornelius and upstairs as a paint shop by Mr. Leake.  The citizens were promptly on the ground and some of them worked manfully to put out the fire, which was finally accomplished, with about $100 damage to the building.  Mr. Cornelius loss was about $200, caused partly by fire and the balance by breakage in removing his stock and fixtures.  The fire caught from the oven in the cellar.

The Hook and Ladder Company, from having to break down the door of the stable in which there truck is kept and removing three or four buggys, were not on hand in time to do anything, but finish up the work of extinguishing the fire.  The Council should at once make an appropriation for building a house in which to deep this apparathis.

As the Hook and Ladder Company came up to the fire, a crowd of those drones who go to a fire and stand around and criticise the acts of those who do work, groand at them, and thus displayed the spirit which animated them. neither to work or encourage anybody else to do so.  Their houses may catch fire somet time and nobody could blame the Hookies, if they should follow this noble (?) example.
Source: Springfield Leader, May 9, 1867


Jim Fry had his arm hurt, Saturday by a fall, but it is not real serious, just enough to hurt real bad.
Source: Walnut Grove Tribune, Walnut Grove, MO., Jan. 7, 1904

Woman Dies From Hurts in Wreck
Mrs. Tine Gipsom, aged 83 years, of Halltown, Mo., died at Charlotte Murray Hospital at Eureka, Wednesday evening, the result of injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 54 west of Eureka last Saturday night. The body was sent to Ashgrove, Mo., where funeral service and burial will be held.
Mrs. Gipsom and her son, Elgin Choate, were on their way to Lincoln at the time of the accident. According to Chaote, who was driving the machine, the accident occurred when he was blinded by bright lights from a passing car. The Ford coupe in which they were riding was nearly demolished, when it struck the ditch and turned over. Choate escaped with minor bruises and cuts.
(Source: El Dorado Times, Friday, July 11, 1930. Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Hays and Cowan
Last Saturday afternoon as Mr. Hays and Mr. Cowan were riding out St. Louis Street, a rain coming on, they went to raise the top on their buggy, and the horse became frightened, commenced to kick, and finally to run, throwing both gentlemen out, injuring Mr. Cowan, in the face and side.  He is an old gentleman and when we last saw him was suffering severely and thought some of his ribs were broken.  How he escaped without being killed, is a miracle to us, being at one time down on the ground, right under the horses feet.  The horse turned into Jefferson street, where the buggy overturning, he was stopped, it was pretty badly smashed up.
Source: Springfield Leader, Springfield, MO, May 9, 1867


Near Springfield, Monday the house of George Kennamore was burned to the ground. Kennamore and his 15 year old son were unable to escape. Their charred remains were found next day. The fire was started by an incendiary.

(Source: Quincy(Adams County, IL ) Daily Herald, April 12, 1888)

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