Chatsworth, IL Train Wreck, Aug 1887

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The following names have been added to the list of the dead since last night: MRS. __ DUCKOTT, Forrest; MRS. A. B. CROSWELL, Kankakee; J. D. WHITERIDGE, Franklin, Neb.; S. D. BREES, Peoria; MRS. JOHN VOORHEES, Washington, Ill.; MISS MAMIE POWERS, Peoria; MRS. REV. HAYMILL, Abingdon; JAMES BLAIR, Eureka; ARTHUR McCARTHY, Eureka. The work of identifying the dead is going on more rapidly now and will probably be completed today.

CHATSWORTH, Ill., August 12.
At 7 o'clock this morning Master Mechanic WARREN, with a wrecking train and a large force of men, were at work. WARREN was confident that the track would be cleared for trains by noon. They were certain that all bodies had been removed from the wreck.

The following is the list of the wounded here: MRS. ANN KELLOGG, Tremont, slightly; MRS. J. K. WELCH, Peoria, slightly bruised; MRS. ISAAC BOARY, Morrison, severely injured; CATHERINE LOTT, Peoria, seriously injured; JOHN McMASTER, Peoria, back and leg bruised; MRS. E. J. LAWS, Eureka, head cut and side bruised; SARAH MAY LAWS, Eureka, face cut and jaw broken; JOHN W. STARON, Green Valley, leg broken and cut across abdomen; JOHN STEIN BUSHNELL, leg broken, spine injured; lady from Tonica, ankle broken; DAVID CRAWFORD, Peoria, bruised head; A. ABRAHAM, Peoria, arm broken and leg broken, ribs broken and head bruised; C. B. NEWSOM, Canton, hip dislocated; E. F. McGEE, La Harpe, bruised; MRS. WALTERS, Peoria, leg and jaw broken and badly cut; E. F. FRENCH, Peoria, slightly bruised; ELTON WALTERS, Peoria, thigh bone broken, head cut and injured internally; MRS. S. H. CLARK, Riotstown, O., limbs broken, head badly cut; C. O. GODEL, Peoria, head cut and leg badly hurt; MRS. EDITH CHELLOW, Glasford, both legs broken; NEWTON CHELOW, Blasford, hip joint dislocated, legs bruised; ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, Peoria, back and side bruised, head cut and foot crushed; MRS. ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, Peoria, collar bone broken, severely wounded about the head; MRS. J. W. GRANT, Peoria, wedged in wreck for hours; MRS. MARY MORRIS, Peoria, bruised and shaken up; HOMER BOND, Colchester, injured internally, shoulder dislocated and head cut; MISS EMMA ALTER, West Point, Ia., badly but, right leg bruised; C. H. CARTER, Burlington, Ia., slightly cut; HARRY LAWRENCE, Burlington, face and back cut; MISS FRAHM, Peoria, badly injured; MISS LIZZIE JAMES, Peoria, foot crushed; W. P. SMITH, Peoria, badly cut; JOHN KEELER, Breeds, leg broken; MISS HAMILL, Abingdon, leg amputated above the knee; WILLIAM ULRICH, Peoria, leg broken.

The estimates of dead this morning are about the same as figures sent last night. The Coroner's list revised, up to the time the inquest was resumed to-day foots up seventy-six. Notwithstanding contrary opinions expressed by the railroad officials a survey of the wreck early to-day confirmed the belief that several bodies are still under the debris of the smashed engines and cars. The report yesterday that twenty dead were at Piper City is denied this morning by the president of the road. Three or four of the wounded carried to Piper City yesterday died there, however, so that with the seventy-six on the Coroner's list here and those supposed to be yet under the wreck, the estimate of eighty-four deaths appears to be very close to the actual number.

The horrors of the wreck seemed deepening early this morning, instead of lessening. Added to the pitiable spectacle of the dead and the mysieries[sic] of the dying, a stench sickeningly foul was issuing from all the numerous places where the corpses of the victims yet remained. No picture of the horrible occurrences immediately succeeding the accident could equal in revolting details the scene at the Toledo, Peoria and Western depot here to-day. The west end of the little structure is a coal house and lumber room, where promiscuously stretched on the floor in the coal and rubbish cars were eleven unidentified bodies. Blood stained, bedraggled sheets and blankets were thrown loosely over each. Two of the victims were women and the sight of their faces was one never to be forgotten.

Brooklyn Eagle New York 1887-08-12

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