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Northern Pacific Railway Wreck - 1904
Posted by: Jan P. Mongoven Date: July 01, 2001 at 09:55:50
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My g-grandfather, Michael Stephen Mongoven, was conductor of a Northern Pacific train, struck by its rescue train while snowbound about 3 miles north of Grafton, ND, in a blizzard on Feb. 4, 1904. He was killed in the crash. I have a copy of the Feb. 5th Grafton News & Times, which details the crash. However, that's all I can find out about this accident. I've tried to search (Google, etc.) railroad wrecks/accidents/etc. to no avail. The Walsh County coroner of the time said my g-grandfather was at fault for having given incorrect information to the rescue team regarding his snowbound train's position. Does anybody have any information or clues as to where I could call/write/e-mail for help? I can't believe there are no photos/accident reports/railway reports (although I've never contacted the Walsh County offices.....). Thanks so much. P.S. On the same day Michael died, his 4-day-old baby daughter died. They were buried together in Grand Forks, ND. Ironic, to say the least...Thanks!
Jan Mongoven

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