The Herald


April 23, 1887, Saturday
Ellensburgh, Kittitas County, Washington Territory
Number 6

Published semi-weekly by John T. HARSELL
A TERRIBLE DISASTER
Two Trains Dash into Each Other on a 10-Degree Curve
Six Men Killed and 13 Wounded
SCENE AT THE WRECK
On last Thursday evening the startling information arrived in the city that a train pushing
a flat car on which were over 40 men and going at the rate of 20 miles per hour, had collided
with one of the large hog-engines which was coming down the grade at a slow rate of 10 miles
per hour. Through the courtesy of J. C. HAVELY, chief clerk of the construction department, we
have the following dispatch from C. F. REARDON, giving the facts of the case. The trains met
on a ten degree curve, west of LEONARDS mill and about two miles west of Cle-elum. The train
bound east consisted of only the large hog-engine with no cars. The west bound had one flat
car ahead of the engine loaded with J. ABERCROMBIE's men who were going to their work on
construction on track. Two men were caught between the flat car and engine and instantly
killed. Two jumped against a rock bluff and were also killed; two men have since died; two
others are severly injured; one man has his leg broken below the knee; another with lacerated
wounds on the thigh; and still another with face wounds and a fracture of the skill. Thirteen
others are slightly wounded. The coroners inquest was being held at this date, 21st April,
10 a.m. Drs. NEWLAND & BEEBE, BEAN, MORRISON, WHEELOCK and HARRIS were in attendance as soon
as possible after the accident. The wounded are receiving the best attention.
SCENE OF THE WRECK
The scene at the wreck as seen by our reporter was a sight that beggared all description.
(Gruesome details are listed.) The groans of the wounded and dying were pitifull in the extreme.
The wounded men were then taken to Cle-elum and the depot was converted into a hospital. Every
attendance possible is being given to them.

HERALDINGS

The schools are closed on account of the scarlet fever. North Yakima is holding anti-Chinese demonstrations. Elder John A. SIDENER will preach at lower Nanum school house Sunday, 24th inst. Basket
dinner. Capt. J. H. THOMAS et al have sold their brick buildings to S. R. GEDDIS for $5,500, cash. Jack McCARTHY is putting in a glass front for the Keg house and putting an additional
16 feet to the side. When completed, this will be one of the handsomest pieces of property in
the business part of the town... The Ellensburgh, Big Bend & Salmon creek wagon road is about completed to the Columbia river
at which place there has been found a barrier in the shape of a rocky point which would cost
from $500 to $1000 to cut through. It be proposed, however, that the ferry boat be placed in
the river lower down in order to save the extra expense. Tell us not in mournful numbers that the town is full of gloom, for the man's a crank who
slumbers in these bursting days of boom...

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL

Mrs. H. S. HUSON returned home on Wednesday. G. S. JACKSON and family arrived here on Wednesday night. J. FUERBACH returned to the Sound on Friday morning's train. J. H. THOMAS, Register of the land office at Yakima, was in the city on Friday. John E. HALE and O. P.GOODNOW and family arrived on Thursday's train from St. Louis. Geo. HURLEY has returned from Salmon creek well pleased with the prospects for a rich camp. Mr. WILSON, clerk in the bank at this place, has gone to the Dalles for a short time, to
visit relatives and friends, and have a little recreation. Marshall R. PUGH, civil engineer at Roslyn and Timberline, returned from the latter place on
Wednesday. He reports plenty of snow there. The new tunnel that is intended to tap the coal
mine is in 700 feet, but 1000 feet is required to tap the ledge. Geo. B. HENTON returned Monday from Chicago where he has been purchasing a stock of fine
carriages, buggies and phaetons.

EAST KITTITAS CHIPS

Considerable sickness among children this spring, principally pneumonia; from which disease
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. BOLLEN lost their two youngest children within a few days apart, the week
before last... Mr. Phoebe HERRINGTON, mother of Mrs. A. M. HODGES, is convalescing and it is hoped that
ere long she will be up and around once more. Mother HERRINGTON is past 80 years of age. A. J. BOLLES has rented Charley COLEMAN's farm on Coleman Creek, has removed thereon and is
now busy putting in his grain. It is reported that J. D. OLMSTEAD is sick -- caused by too much water, it is presumed. Chinamen are gardening quite extensively on the BULL ranch. They say they are planting
60 acres of potatoes, 30 acres of cabbages, besides other garden (unreadable). Farmers in general are planting and sowing much more extensively than usual. Much new land
has been put in cultivation during the season. They are preparing to feed the vast immigration
that is coming this season. Frank HESSE and Monroe HODGES started for the Badger mountain country the 19th inst, where
the former has a ranch. E. W. LYEN, John LYEN and others intend starting for the Methow country soon for what purpose
rumor with not, but we presume to see the country and locate claims if they like the location. Travel still continues toward the Salmon River Mines pack trains passing almost daily. Chas. WALKER's infant child died on Monday.

NEW PROPRIETORS

On Monday next Messrs. O. S. JACKSON and W. J. MALONEY take charge of the Johnson House.
These gentlemen have purchased the entire property with all the appurtenances and chattels
belonging thereto... Mr. JACKSON is an old hotel man of well known ability. Mr. MALONEY is
well known as former sheriff of Lincoln county... These gentlemen will make the hotel what it
should be...

DENTISTRY

Our popular dentist, Dr. HARE, is at present in North Yakima, but will return to Ellensburgh
May 1st. All those who have work to do will do well to defer it until his return.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Notice is hereby given that John PLOURDE is not in my employ or connected with my establishment.
I will not be responsible for contracts made by him. Frank SCHULLER Notice is hereby given that I have discontinued all business connections with
Mr. Frank SCHULLER. All debt to be either paid or collected by him according to mutual
agreement. John PROURDE at OLDHAM's Shop

FOR SALE OR TRADE

Having closed out my livery business and having left over two buggies and a hack and 8 sleighs,
I desire to sell them cheap for cash or trade them for stock of any kind. Jas. DICKSON

SOME ADS

Harry J. KING, Proprietor, Kandy Kitchen, Ellensburg, next door to the Postoffice, Ben E. SNIPES & Co., general banking business.

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