Avoca, NY Train Wreck Kills Frank Maynard, Jan 1888
This is the obituary for Frank Maynard which apperared in the Tri Counties N.Y. January 1888 newspaper clippings FRANK H. MAYNARD
The Erie Engineer who Bravely Died at His Post
Rochester, NY, Jan. 21 - Frank H. Maynard, the engineer who so bravely died at his post- the throttle of the locomotive he commanded-in the collision at Avoca on the Erie railway last Tuesday morning, resided in this city, at No. 8 Hubbell Park, and lives a wife and two children. He was formally from Elmira, NY. He was fifty-seven years of age and had been in the employ of the Erie since 1857. He was one of the most trusted employees on the road. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of this city and was highly esteemed by the members of that congregation. He was a prominent member in the railroad branch of the Y.M.C.A. He frequently acted as chaplain at the jail here when the regular chaplain was absent. His sudden death appalls his friends and late associates. PATRICULARS OF THE ACCIDENT Train 18, engine No. 260, on the Rochester division of the Erie, going east last Tuesday morning with Ketchum as conductor, Frank Maynard, engineer, and March, fireman, while about one mile east of Avoca and going at the high rate of speed around a sharp curve, gollided with the mail train, No. 107, engine No. 67. John McMahon, conductor, Frank March, engineer, and Earnest, fireman, going west at 8:25 am, with a terrible crash. Engineer March and both firemen jumped, but Engineer Maynard, of Rochester, struck to his post and was instantly killed, his head being completelydsevered from his body, and being badly cut and disfigured. His body otherwise was not mutilated. Mail Agent James K. Butcher, of Avoca, saw the danger just in time to leap from his car as the engines came together and was badly bruised and drenched in the cold water of the creek they were just crossing. Both engines were totally demolished, the cabs, smoke stacks, domes and all other attachments torn off and scattered in every direction, while the forward ends of both boilers had raised high in the air until they stood directly on end, with their pilot and driving wheels together and firmly locked, presenting a strange sight. The tenders were smashed into small fragments; the mail car had the end completely stove in, but the car remained on the track, as did all the passenger cars. The baggage and express cars of the No. 18 left the track, and were badly broken up. The baggage-master had just gone into the passenger car for a drink, and was not much hurt. Express Messenger Bailey, of Elmira, was badly cut about the head, but will recover. Engineer Marsh and the fireman were badly shaken and bruised, owing in part to the track being elevated at this point. Conductor McMahon had his hand badly cut. Only two passengers were slightly injured. The contents of the mail, baggage and express cars were mostly saved. Immediately after the accident nearly the entire village of Avoca bastened on the scene to render such assistance ass needed. Coroner Sutton, of Bath, hurried to the scene and promptly empanelled a jury to inquire into the cause of the accident, who, after viewing the remains of Engineer Maynard, adjourned until Tuesday morning, January 24, at the court house in Bath. The accident was caused by Train Dispatcher Sourbier, of Avoca, giving wrong orders, which he discovered too late to remedy. Express Messenger Hall, of Elmira, escaped with only a sprained ankle; William Gilmore, brakeman, had a rib broken. Fireman March, of engine No. 260, is the son of Engineer Marsh.