Four Mile Creek, IA Train Wreck, Aug 1877
THE ROCK ISLAND DISASTER
OTHER PARTICULARS OF THE WRECK.
DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF THE KILLED AND WOUNDED - SCENES AT THE FALLEN CULVERT AFTER THE DISASTER - SUFFERINGS OF THE INJURED - THE DEATHS PROBABLY OVER TWENTY.
Special Dispatch to the New York Times.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 30 - No attempt has yet been made to repair the break in the Rock Island Railroad at the scene of the recent accident, every effort thus far being directed to the removal of the debris for the discovery of more bodies of victims. All the wreck has been removed, and the water has all passed away, but no bodies have been discovered to-day. The killed number 17, and the wounded 35. George Love, son of Judge Love, of this city, D.T. Collender, of this city, and Mrs. William Drew reported missing last night, and supposed to have been killed, were heard from to-day, each having missed the connection with the ill-fated train. The dead have been carefully placed in caskets for removal to their friends as fast as they can be ascertained to-night. The bodies of George Rockwell and John Brazee were sent to Rochester, N.Y.; that of Charles Thompson to Middletown, Conn.; those of F.B. Becker to Providence, R.I., and George B. Berry to Schenectady, N.Y. The wounded are very carefully cared for, and are rapidly recovering. Every train carries away some, and all, with two or three exceptions, will leave in a few days. L.B. Spencer, of Lothrop, Iowa, and W.P. Caldwell are seriously, and it is feared, fatally injured. Conductor Partridge, reported fatally hurt, is doing well. The train was shattered to splinters, and the wonder is that out of such a wreck there should have been so few killed. The Coroner begins the legal investigation to-morrow.
Dispatch to the Associated Press.
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 30 - Up to 6 o'clock last evening 17 dead bodies had been taken from the wreck of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad train - 14 men, two women, and one child. Among those reported as wounded, F.B. BAKER, one of Barnum's Company, has since died, making 18 dead, as far as known.
The following is a full list of the dead, as far as ascertained:
Mrs. EMILY BABCOCK, of Andalusia, Ill.
JOHN K. BOLT and daughter, of Boonsboro', Iowa.
Mrs. WILLIAM CROW, of Des Moines.
WILLIAM RAKESTRAW, engineer of the train.
--------- STUART, of Iowa.
M. COHEN, commercial traveler, of Peoria, Ill.
JABEZ E. PRINCE, of Cincinnati.
D.A. BRONSON, of Cincinnati.
WILLIAM GUNNING, newsboy, of Des Moines.
The following were in Barnum's Car:
Two more bodies are known to be in the wreck - one of Barnum's men, and a little girl, a daughter of Mrs. Crow, one of the women killed. It is thought by many that there are still other bodies at the bottom of the wreck, or floated down the stream, but the death-roll will not exceed 20.
The wounded are:
H. JENNINGS, of Rochester, N.Y., one of Barnum's men, slightly.
A.J. PARTRIDGE of Des Moines, Conductor, badly.
BENJAMIN H. TRUCKS, fireman, badly.
Col. C.W. LOWRIE of Boonsboro, Iowa, not dangerously.
Mrs. LOWRIE, wife of the preceeding, seriously.
Mrs. BOLT, wife of J.K. BOLT, very seriously.
(The husband and daughter of Mrs. Bolt are dead).
EDWARD DUNN, of Rochester, N.Y., badly burned.
JAMES BAKER, of New-York City, feet and hands burned and collar-bone broken.
WILLIAM S. CLAYTON, of Grand Rapids, Mich., injured very severely. (Dunn, Baker, and Clayton are of Barnum's Company).
J.L. GRAHAM, of Bloomfield township, Polk County, Iowa, badly cut.
J.S. FERGUSON, of Andalusia, Ill., badly bruised.
Mrs. D.A. STEBBINS, of Panther Creek, Dallas County, Iowa, arm broken, head and legs badly bruised.
W.P. CALDWELL, of Alvin, Ill., badly cut.
THEODORE KRAFT, of Kankakee, Ill., slight cut on the back and hand injured.
ELMER GERKENDELL, of Canton, Ill., badly injured.
Mrs. ELLEN McCRILL, of Keithsburg, Ill., slightly hurt.
ALBERT F. WEST, of Sandbank, Oswego County, N.Y., bruised.
W. HUME, Des Moines, badly bruised.
L.B. SPENCER, Lathrop, Iowa, badly bruised.
DAVID MORGAN, New-Sharon, Iowa, nose broken and face scratched.
JACOB SPRING, Athens, Ohio, badly bruised in both hips and back.
DENNIS SHANNON, Ohio, badly bruised in breast and right leg.
MORRIS HARRINGTON, Muscatine, Iowa, badly cut in the back.
LOUIS HARRINGTON, son of above, cut slightly.
CHARLES BROWNING, badly scalded in the breast.
Mrs. MARY HUFF, Norwalk, Iowa, severely injured.
DUNCAN CAMPBELL, Tiskilwa, Ill., cut badly.
Mrs. DUNCAN CAMPBELL, severely injured.
NORA CAMPBELL, daughter of above, severely bruised.
C.C. COLVIN, Rose, Wayne County, N.Y., internal injuries.
DR. N.S. GUIBERSON, Philadelphia, Penn., nervous shock.
S. HOLTZ, Iowa City, Iowa, severely.
Mrs. D.D. OSBORN, Avoca, Iowa, slightly.
Mrs. J.S. JONES, Prophetstown, Ill., slightly.
Mrs. C. FOLLET, Moline, Ill., slightly.
Mrs. J.L. GRAHAM, Bloomfield, slightly.
E.H.H. JONES, Des Moines, badly hurt.
GEORGE W. SPURLOCK, Competine, Wapello County, Iowa, cut slightly.