Salem, OR Area Train Wreck, Nov 1890


Disastrous and Fatal Wreck Near Salem, Oregon.

Shortly after 8:30 o'clock on a recent night the overland Pacific train, southbound, went on to the north end of a long trestle over Lake Labish, about five miles from Salem, Oregon. The trestle must have given way as soon as the engine struck it, and the train and trestle all went down together. The engine was overturned and half buried in the mud, and following this were the tender, mail, baggage and express cars, smoking car and tourist sleeper. All were broken to pieces. The following is a list of the killed:
McFADDEN, ________, engineer;
McNEAL, TIMOTHY, fireman;
Two Unknown Men;
C. GRIEBEL, of Milwaukee, Wis.,
making five dead in all.

The total number of deaths from the accident will probably reach as high as ten, as many may have sustained what, it is feared, would prove serious internal injuries. The train carried over 100 persons, nearly all of whom were more or less injured.

The bridge is about 600 feet long and from sixteen to twenty feet high. It is supposed that the engineer felt the trestle give way as soon as his engine struck it. He gave one short whistle and set the brakes. The train moved ahead about fifty yards as it went down.

Fires were built along either side of the train to warm the wounded who had been removed from the wreck, and to light the way of the workers who had hastened to the rescue from Salem, Oregon, and vicinity. Laid out on the ground were the mangled corpses recovered from the wreck; reclining on the improvised beds about the fires were the wounded, while standing about, lending what assistance they could, were those less seriously wounded, and around these and everywhere were the crowds who had come to help or from curiosity.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-11-21






Portland, Or., November 12. -- The south-bound passenger train on the Oregon division of the Southern Pacific railroad ran off a high bridge, between Salem and Turner, Or., tonight. Five are reported killed and nearly every persons on the train is more or less injured. The cause of the accident is not known.

Portland, Or., November 12. -- A reporter from Salem went to the scene, but has not yet returned. It is reported here that the engineer and firemen were both killed and many of the passengers injured.

Portland, November 12. -- The wrecking train with physicians left here about midnight for the scene of the wreck. It will however, not reach there until late, as the distance is about sixty miles. One report received says every car in the train except one Pullman sleeper went off the bridge.

Salem, Or., November 12. -- 2 P.M. Engineer JOHN McFADDEN, Fireman FINNEAL, and an unknown man riding on the front platform were killed. In all about a dozen are seriously injured. Nearly every passenger on the train was injured. Conductor COUSER C. GRIEBEL was badly wounded.

Wounded and Injured.
Captain J. J. CRAWFORD, the post scout, bruised.
CHARLES VAUGHN, Forest Grove, leg broken.
FRANK CLEAVES and Wife, formerly of Salem, backs hurt.
R. F. DODD, Victoria, B.C., broken leg.
JOHN PENGILY, 1938 E street, Tacoma, hip out of joint, and Wife also hurt.
W. S. BOWEN, Portland, shoulder probably broken.
Captain EVELL, San Francisco, both legs broken near the ankle.
MYER WOLHEIM, Mt. Vernon, burised.
WILLIAM TONGUE, side and hand bruised and smashed, and in the fall his tongue was almost bitten in two.
SAMUEL ANSON, New York city, side and back sprained.
MRS. T. C. BERLY and MAY and NELLIE BOYLE, Missoula, Mont., former badly shaken up and the latter injured.
WILSON BERRY, North Dakota, throat injured, but not fatally.
C. M. BURROUGH, Ellsworth, Kas., back sprained.
FRED WAIT, Ellsworth, Kansas, back broken. WAIT'S injuries will probably be fatal. He was en route to Eugene.
MISS LAURA ECKFELDT, of San Francisco, hand broken. SALLIE ECKFELDT, not hurt.
CLARA HEWLET of Tacoma, arm broken.
DR. HAMILL and Wife, of Philadelphia, both had their spines badly hurt, they were just returning from a trip around the world.
J. L. KIMBERLE of Neenah, Wis., back badly hurt.
MRS. CANNING and Infant, very badly hurt.
C. GRIEBEL, drummer for Van Blatz Brewing Company, of Milwaukee, thigh broken.
PETE B. BECKLEY of Oakland, Or., ribs broken and back injured.
HANNAH FISH, Tower, N.D., spine injured and also side.
ARTHUR ERRON, Seattle, Wash., collar bone broken and cut and bruised about the side and body.
EUGENE FISH, Tower, N.D., leg sprained and side bruised.
NETTIE STARKEY of Portland, and well known in Salem, where she formerly resided, perhaps fatally injured internally.
CHARLES BERRY, Tacoma, badly bruised.
J. J. JAY, Nastel, N.Y., back hurt.
LENA BERRY, Tacoma, side injured, not fatally.
G. G. NEWHAM, Pleasant Forks, Canada, painfully injured about the throat.
J. B. RUSH, Tacoma, left side and face bruised, the injuries are feared internal.
JAMES McGARRY, United States marshal from Salt Lake City, nose broken, leg probably broken and badly injured internally, fears are that he will bleed to death.
W. S. KRECK, Portland, ankle broken and probably his leg.

The Fresno Weekly Republican California 1890-11-14


Turner, OR?

Lake Labish is on the north side of Salem - across from what is now Keizer Station, and Turner, OR is to the south of Salem on the way to Albany.