Carbondale, IL Passenger Train Wreck, Feb 1909
3 KILLED, 30 OR MORE INJURED.
ILLINOIS CENTRAL TRAIN NO. 205 IN A BAD WRECK NEAR OAKLAND CEMETERY SHORTLY BEFORE NOON TODAY.
CAUSE OF WRECK UNKNOWN.
MISS GRACE PERRY, OF CARBONDALE, ONE OF THOSE KILLED -- AMONG THOSE SERIOUSLY INJURED ARE
J. T. BENTLEY AND ED E. PATTERSON, OF THIS CITY -- WORST DISASTER IN I. C. HISTORY IN THIS LOCALITY.
Carbondale, Illinois, (AP) --
WALTER B. LONG, Joliet, Ill.
MRS. CERENA WALTON, Anna.
MISS GRACE PERRY, Carbondale.
Partial list of the injured:
MRS. JOHN DOUGLAS, Carbondale.
J. T. BENTLEY, Carbondale.
ED E. PATTERSON, Carbondale.
W. H. PINKERTON, Sparta, Ill.
J. B. O'NEILL, St. Louis, Mo.
M. GOLDSTEIN, St. Louis, Mo.
GUY HOLLINGSWORTH, Mt. Vernon, Ill.
JOHN DUDLEY, Johnston City, Ill.
REV. C. E. PERRYMAN, Herrin, Ill.
J. F. LINDSAY, St. Louis, Mo.
Three people killed, several probably fatally injured and a score of others less seriously injured, resulted today from the wrecking of Illinois Central passenger train No. 205 due here from St. Louis at 11:20 a.m.
The wreck occurred near the northwest city limits of Carbondale, about a mile west of St. Louis junction. The train was twenty minutes late out of Murphysboro, and at the time of the accident was running at a high rate of speed, some say between fifty and sixty miles an hour.
The cause of the wreck is not known definitely. Fifty yards or so west of the trestle, west of the Oakland Cemetery, the engine left the rails and every car following was either partly of completely overturned. Of the three passenger coaches two were turned bottom side up,the other coach turning over on its side. The coaches were all well filled.
MISS GRACE PERRY, one of those killed, is a daughter of Mrs. Frank Perry and a sister of Mrs. Dr. H. E. Lightfoot of this city. She but recently returned, with her twin sister, Miss Rose Perry, from Kansas where they had been employed during the millinery season.
MRS. CERENA WALTON, another of the dead, is the mother of J. K. Walton, of Anna, and is well known to many Carbondale people, the younger Mrs. Walton being a daughter of Mrs. E. H. Storm of this city.
The other of those killed is WALTER B. LONG, of Joliet, a traveling salesman.
One of the most severely injured is MR. J. T. BENTLEY, proprietor of the American House, Carbondale. He was pinned under some of the wreckage and could not be removed for quite a while. ED E. PATTERSON of Carbondale is another of the seriously injured. MRS. JOHN DOUGLAS of this city is also reported seriously injured. She was returning from a visit to St. Louis.
Several of the train crew, mail clerks, etc., were badly injured. Conductor PINKHAM was one of these. Flagman GEORGE MOORE was also injured. Neither Engineer Mulconnery or Fireman Lavender were injured, neither leaving the engine.
The four mail clerks were all more or less injured, the most seriously being C. M. BROWN, of Covington, Tenn. The others were O. B. MAXWELL, Troy, Tenn.; FRED J. BRANTIGAM, Bellsville, Ill., and JOS. M. GREEN, Covington, Tenn.
DENNY SULLIVAN, express messenger, was considerably bruised.
The "news butch", on the train, whose name we have failed to learn, was also among the seriously injured.
It is reported that the first word received at the division headquarters was from WALTER C. KRIECKHANS, manager of the Elles Store Co., of Herrin, who climbed out of a window in one of the overturned cars and hurried into town and brought the word. He was bruised more or less.
Among the injured were several members of the "Boston Belles" show troupe, billed to appear in Marion tonight.
Later reports indicate that MISS PERRY was not one of the killed as first reported, but the body thought to be hers has not been identified.
Daily Free Press Carbondale Illinois 1909-02-16