Jacksonville, IL Trains Collide, Dec 1890


Jacksonville, Ill., Dec. 4. -- The southbound Kansas City express on the Chicago & Alton, due here at 12:10 a.m., while standing on the crossing at the station Wednesday night was run into by a westbound freight on the Wabash. The sleeper Matterhorn, in which there were nine occupants, was standing directly on the crossing. The engine of the freight crashed through it killing two men and severely injuring three others.
The killed are:
FRED SMITH, a banker and manufacturer of Pekin, Ill.
Judge JAMES K. RIFE, of Kansas City.
The head and upper portion of MR. SMITH'S body were ground to a jelly, rendering it difficult to identify him. Judge RIFE was so dreadfully mutilated that it was only by his ticket and his name printed on his hat that he was identified. He was about 50 years of age.
The injured are:
WILLIAM KNIGHT, a civil engineer of Kansas City, terribly scalded about the head and left side.
JAMES E. CLARK, of Clark, Van Tassel & Co., Boston, cut about the head and back bruised.
EDWARD GILES, New York, cut and bruised about the head and body, suffering from nervous prostration.
The other three passengers escaped uninjured. The engineer and fireman of the freight seeing the impending danger, jumped from the engine just before the crash. At the coroner's inquest it was said that the freight was running ten to twelve miles an hour and that the rails were frosty and slippery. It was impossible to bring the train to a standstill, though the crew worked faithfully.
Judge JAMES K. RIFE, who was killed, was one of the best known business men of Kansas City. He was treasurer of the Farm Loan & Trust Company and a director of the AEtna National Bank. MR. SMITH, of Pekin, Ill., the other dead passenger, was one of the most prominent and wealthy business men in that city and was interested in a large number of business enterprises. It is variously estimated that he was worth from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1890-12-05