Kingsland, IN Terrible Interurban Accident, Sept 1910
"There was a splintering crash," he said today. "A dull, grinding as wood and iron resolved themselves into a mass of wreckage and mingled with human blood and flesh and bones. The big limited car seemed to climb upon the frailer and heavier loaded car and from its pilot to within six feet of the rear swept over the crowded coach making it almost clean. That anything alive could have survived that terrible sweep of splintered wood and twisted steel is a miracle. Following the crash, there was a period of appalling stillness and then the shrieks and groans of the wounded and dying rose upon the air."
Bluffton's Burden of Grief.
BLUFFTON, Ind., Sept. 22. -- Bluffton awoke this morning to a fuller realization to the horror of yesterday's tragedy on the Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley traction line, when two cars collided, killing forty persons and injuring eight others. All of the dead were brought here last night. Nineteen Bluffton people were killed and the bodies of these were removed to their homes. Other bodies are in the morgue. The town is in mourning and business is practically at a standstill. There is hardly a home here that is not affected, either through the loss of members of the family or dear friends.
Bluffton yesterday afternoon saw two score and more laughing people, home folks and visitors in the town, depart on one of the big swift-going cars of the traction company for a day of pleasure at the Fort Wayne fair. A few hours later two funeral cars, heavily freighted with forty broken, mangled bodies came slowly back and with them came hysterical crying men and women, weeping for lost ones. Bluffton today is bearing a heavy burden of grief.
The dead are:
SEYMOUR H. ROBINSON, Bluffton, democratic candidate for auditor of Weil [sic] county.
H. D. COOK, grocer, Bluffton.
FRED B. TAMM, liveryman, Warren, Ind.
OSCAR P. ZIMMER, hardware merchant, Bluffton.
JOHN W. TRIBOLET, real estate, Bluffton.
W. D. BURGEN, real estate, Bluffton.
L. C. JUSTUS, general manager Bluffton, Geneva & Celina Traction line.
ERNEST CROUSE, Bluffton.
W. E. BOWMAN, Bluffton.
THOMAS GORDON, Bluffton.
LLOYD BROWN, newspaper man, Bluffton.
FRANK BROWN, son of LLOYD, Bluffton.
WILLIAM S. BEERS, policeman, Bluffton.
JOSEPH SAWYER, Bluffton.
HAROLD NELSON, Bluffton.
RALPH WALSER, Bluffton.
MISS PEARL SAYLER, Bluffton.
MRS. HIRAM FALK, Bluffton.
MRS. MYRTLE HARLEY, daughter of MRS. FALK, Bluffton.
JOE EDENS, Greek piano publisher, Hartford City, Ind.
BLANCHE ARCHBOLD, Ossian, Ind.
BEN CRAMER, Frankfort, Ind.
MARY DAUGHERTY, Bluffton.
DANIEL DEBACH, Petroleum, Ind.
R. F. FOLK, Washington, Ind.
JESSE HOFFMAN, Marion, Ind.
A. E. HYDE, Portland, Ind.
JOHN JOHNSON, Markle, Ind.
FRANK KING and wife (LOLA), Warren, Ind.
MRS. GARRET MAXWELL, Garrett, Ind.
CHARLES REBER, Uniondale, Ind.
JOHN REED, Battery 'E' Fifth Artillery, New York.
GEORGE SMETHCREST, Warren, Ind.
FRANK SMITH and wife, Montpelier, Ind.
SAMUEL E. STUCKEY, Vera Cruz, Ind.
JACOB SCHWARZ, Uniondale, Ind.
J. E. SCHWARZ, Bluffton.
SILAS, THOMAS, Warren, Ind.
DR. S. E. THOMPSON, Ann Arbor, Mich.
FREDERICK C. JONES, Warren, Ind.
EARNEST SPILLNER, conductor.
DELL LOCKE, Bluffton.
FRANK PARKER, Bluffton.
R. S. MOLK, Bryan, O.
MISS MARGARET TREBOLT, whose father was killed, and MRS. W. D. BURGEN whose husband was instantly killed, are in hospitals at Fort Wayne. MISS TRIBOLET is dying.
A. S. ELLENBERG, fatally hurt, Berne, Ind.
FRED KANE, Bluffton.
FRED JONES, Bluffton.
CLYDE BROWN, Bluffton.
No funeral arrangements have been made for the deceased as of this time.
Lincoln Evening News Nebraska 1910-09-22