Van Alstyne Leader
21 May 1925
Van Alstyne Leader
Van Alstyne, Texas
Thursday, August 12, 1926
One Dead and Several Injured
When Interurban Leaves Track
Interurban car on the lines of the Texas Electric Company which left
Dallas at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 8, and which was due in Van Alstyne at
7:57 p.m., was wrecked at a point 1/2 mile south of Van Alstyne between
7:30 and 8 o'clock. The wreck was said by officials of the road to be
due to a "sun kink" in the track this causing the axle on the front
truck to break and throwing the car from the track. The track was badly
torn up for a distance of 200 feet or more, and the car was almost
turned around when it finally stopped. Live wires were torn from their
fastenings and came into contact with the ground causing a vivid
F. Bristow, 45, motorman on the car, whose home is at Denison, was
taken from the wreck, fatally injured. He was brought to the office of
Dr. J. M. Slaughter but died just as he was placed on the operating
table. The immediate cause of death was a blow, evidently from the
control lever, just above the heart, a hemorrhage resulting therefore
and causing death. It is thought that Mr. Bristow was thrown against
the lever when the car collided with a pole on the right-of-way. The
body was taken in charge by R.R. Waldo of the Van Alstyne Undertaking
Company and prepared for shipment to Mr. Bristow's home at Denison,
where funeral services were held on Tuesday. Mrs. Bristow and their
daughter, Miss Nolah Bristow, came to Van Alstyne and accompanied the
body home. Mr. Bristow has been in the employ of the Texas Electric
Company for about ten years and was highly regarded by the officials of
the company and his fellow-employees. He was a member of the Baptist
church and was a Mason, the interment at Denison being according to the
rites of Masonry and conducted by the lodge of that city.
were eleven passengers on the car at the time of the accident. Among
those the following were injured:
Ben Richey, Van Alstyne, three broken
Howard Potts, Sherman, fractures collar bone and other injuries.
Miss Mamie Taylor, Sherman, dislocated hip and minor injuries.
W.A. Smith, conductor, slight injuries to leg. Levis Hall, Sherman, slightly bruised and back injured.
Mrs. Mantooth and their four children, of Denison, and Miss Alma
Craighead of Anna, were also passengers, but were not injured.
Of the injured all were treated by Dr. Slaughter except Miss Taylor and Mr. Hall, who were taken to Sherman.
of the wreck spread rapidly and hundreds of people gathered at the
interurban station and at other centers. A number from Sherman and
other places came to Van Alstyne anxious to know if relatives or
friends of theirs were passengers on the car.
is the first serious wreck to occur on the Interurban in a number of
years, and, so we are informed, the first time in 15 years that a
fatality has resulted from a wreck, a coincidence being that in that
instance as in this, a motorman was the victim of the wreck. It has
never happened that a passenger on this line has been fatally injured
in a wreck.
M. T. Loftus of Sherman was on the scene shortly after the accident and
took charge of the work of clearing the track. Passengers were
transferred on Sunday night, and cars were running through Monday