Staunton, VA Train Wreck, Jul 1857
Fatal Accident - A Washingtonian Killed.
A distressing accident occurred yesterday on the Philadelphia railroad, which resulted in the death of ROBERT FARNHAM, ESQ., the well known bookseller in Washington city. It appears that the train in charge of MR. R. D. JAMAR, conductor, was waiting on a sideling[sic] at Staunton, a few miles this side of Washington, for the express train to pass, and that MR. FARNHAM got out and went into the station house, where he stood for a short time conversing with some ladies. As the express train, however, approached within about one hundred yards of the station-house, he suddenly wakled out on the track towards the coming train, apparently unconscious of his danger, notwithstanding he was told be several persons to get upon the car he had left. The engineer of the express train also gave the usual warning by sounding the whistle for some time. Unfortunately, however, MR. FARNHAM was violently struck by the bumper of the engine causing his death in a few minutes. The deceased was on his way to the White Mountains, in company with his son and two daughters, who are overwhelmed at the sudden and shocking bereavement. His remains were taken to Wilmington. MR. F. was a gentleman of property, and was greatly respected in Washington. He was known as an extensive contractor for furnishing government with stationery, &c., having but a few weeks since, as the lowest bidder, been awarded one or two of such contracts. The accident is attributed to the fact of the deceased leaving the cars and walking on the track, a thing too often done by railroad travelers generally, at almost every stopping place. -- Baltimore Sun, of Tuesday.
The Republican Compiler Pennsylvania 1857-07-27