Fairfield Weekly Journal
April 27, 1898
Coroner STINSON impaneled a jury, as named in the JOURNAL, of Saturday, on the ground. In order that the bodies might be taken to Eldon yesterday morning, they were viewed at the undertaking establishment of JUNKIN & BAKER, and the inquest will be held tomorrow morning at nine o’clock.
The bodies were taken in charge by the K. of P. lodge of this city and the following members accompanied the bodies to Eldon: JOHN H. MERCKE?S, JOSEPH W. JONES, EDWARD DUVALL, BURL COPLIN, C. L. TRACY and GEORGE STEVERS.
The funeral of the brakeman, WM. WATTERSON, was held at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon and was one of the largest held in Eldon.
The funeral of engineer CHAS. DIBBLE was held at 1:30 today.
The body of ABE BLOSSER, the fireman, was taken to Batavia at 9:00 a. m. today, where his parents reside. We are not informed as to the time of the funeral, but it was probably held this afternoon.
Yesterday was a day of profound mourning for Eldon. There were five dead bodies on one street.
It will require some time to bring out the authority as to the cause of the collision, but it is generally understood that the local freight conductor, CROWDER, and engineer BUCKLY[sic] had orders to hold the train at Libertyville until the extra should pass, but forgot their orders.
NOTES OF THE WRECK.
A car of shelled corn was thrown from the track, and GEORGE STEVERS, who purchased it is removing it today. MR. DESPAIN, the man who gave the warning, says that after the wreck a couple of tramps crawled out of one of the crushed cars. Their escape from death was miraculous. They took a direct route for Libertyville, vowing that they would never “bum” again.
Our photographers secured some fine souvenirs of the wreck in the way of photos from various points. The Fairfield guitar and mandolin club, which was to have given a concert at Eldon Saturday night, canceled their engagement and came home that evening.
Messrs. JUNKIN & BAKER were summoned between nine and ten o’clock Saturday morning to care for the bodies in the wreck. The first body, that of WATTERSON the brakeman, arrived at the undertaking rooms at ?:30 p. m., the second, Fireman BLOSSER, about 7:30 and that of Engineer DIBBLE, at 10:30. They were all prepared very speedily, being moved to Eldon at 1:45. MR. BAKER accompanied the remains to Eldon to assist completing the preparations for burial.
G. W. WHITE had a car of short and bran on the incoming train which was wrecked Saturday. Bran and shorts were scattered promiscuously along the track, some 240 sacks of….
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