CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE AND ST. PAUL RAILROAD
ACCIDENT RECORD, 1907-1909
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CLICK ON SURNAME OR SCROLL DOWN PAGE TO BE TAKEN TO ACCIDENT TRANSCRIPT. MACK MAGNUSSEN MAHONEY MARGEN McDOWELL MEYERS MILLER MITCHELL, Pat MITCHELL, Wm. MORGAN MORRISEY MOSSOUVICH / MOSSOREVICH MULLIGAN MURDOCK NAKAO O'CONNELL OGAL OLESON OLING OLSON, Henry OLSON, John PARKER PELLUM PERRI PETE PETERS REED REMPHER RIVERS RUMKUS RYAN MACK, Rube 3 Sept 1908, 9 a.m.; at Unloading Yards, Sta. 3735, Res. #10. Occupation, material checker; residence, Mill Village, Queens Co., New Brunswick; single,
age 25. Injury; hit on head with binding pole. Dr. FELCH and Dr. McCAULEY; taken to hospital at
Ellensburg. MACK was marking ends of timbers in load while Bruce MORRIS was binding the same with
binding pole and chain. The chain broke causing pole to fall, hitting MACK on back of head
and temple. Witnesses: Bruce MORRIS, teamster, Edw. FOSTER, teamster. MAGNUSSEN, Albert 30 March 1908, 10:00 a.m.; at Sta. 543, Camp #5. Single; age 30. Injury, badly cut about face in a number of places, right knee cap dislocated, will possibly
lose one eye. Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Chris ANDERSON and Albert MAGNUSSEN were loading a hole. After putting in 1 1/2 boxes of
#2 Grant, the hold became choked. They first opened hole with a iron rod, then used a wooden
tamping stick, to make sure hole was open. Placed a drill in. When this had been lowered
6 ft. explosion occurred. Witnesses: Matt JOHNSON, Easton; Geo. STENSON, Easton. MAHONEY, John 29 Jan 1909, 1:15 p.m.; at East Apporach Tunnel #45, J Cr Line. Employee of LORIMER & GALLAGHER Co.; residence, 133 W. 3rd St., Boston, Mass; single; 44
years old. Injury, left eye paralyzed. Dr. FELCH, Ellensburg. Injured man was springing holes, had 6 holes loaded and fired with battery, one hole missed.
He was using iron spoon to crowd much in hole to make room for another charge when he
accidentally hit the exploding cap of old charge in the hole, the resulting charge striking
him in the face and eyes. MAHONEY was alone at time of accident. Report by G. C. CURTISS, RE #11. MARGEN, Antonio 8 July 1907, 7:00 p.m.; at Camp #5, Station 452. Occupation, laborer; residence, Italy. Injury, lost first 3 fingers on left hand. Dr D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Placed in Hospital,
Cle Elum. Doctor called by C. G. NELSON. MARGEN was playing with an exploder after work when it went off. Witnesses: E. G. NELSON, Easton; M. D. MORGAN, Easton. McDOWELL, Wm. Francis 15 Dec 1908, 4:30 p.m.; at Murdock. Employee of company; single; age 24. Injury, toes on right foot bruised. No doctor. While hauling ties with another laborer, the party with whom McDOWELL was working dropped
a tie on his foot. Witnesses: M. ROSEPRANS, Murdock. MEYERS, Geo. 25 July 1908; 11:30 a.m.; at Sta. 690. Occupation, logger; residence, unknown; single; age 50. Injury, right leg broken. Taken to hospital of Dr. J. S. JUDAH, Lake Keechelus. MEYERS was engaged in felling dangerous trees. In felling one, the top broke, glanced on
a tree and struck MEYERS on right leg, breaking same. Witnesses: A. FLANIGAN, M. J. CALLAGHAN. MILLER, Dan 18 Nov 1908, 2 p.m.; Horlick, steam shovel pit. Laborer; employee of Grant SMITH & Co.; single; 28 years of age; residence 6546 Aberdeen
St., Chgo, Ills. Taken to Cle Elum Hospital of Dr. KEARBY, transferred to Dr. FELCH Hospital at Ellensburg. Caving of bank above steam shovel pit. MILLER standing at jack. Slide caught and carried
him under sts throwing him against jack brace rod, pinning him under same with dirt. Witnesses: Ralph WARD, crewman, 323 So. W, Waukesha, Wis; Oly LAMPING, clerk, 919 2nd Av W,
Seattle; Harry MILTZER, laborer, 139 E. Fullerton St., Chgo, Ill; A. LUND, laborer, Cle Elum;
C. STERNER, laborer, Cle Elum; L. ROCK, laborer, Roslyn. MITCHELL, Pat 5 June 1908, 3 p.m.; at East Heading Tunnel #45. Mucker; employee of contractors; age 30. Injury; cut on head, bruised, and probably right leg broken. Taken to company hospital
at Ellensburg. Foreman Frank MORAN was engaged in pulling down loose and unsafe rocks in roof of tunnel
when slide of about 10 cu yds of rock occurred. MITCHELL, who was working near, was caught
under part of slide. Witnesses: F. H. MORAN, shift boss in tunnel; Wm. WALSH, laborer in tunnel. MITCHELL, Wm. 7 Sept 1907; at Murdock Material Yard. Occupation, unknown; residence, unknown. Injury, crushed foot. 12x12 timber falling on foot, no bones broken. MITCHELL stayed in camp afew days, then left. Witnesses: None. Report by W. R. McDONALD, Material Clerk. MORGAN, Harry 30 Dec 1908, 4 p.m.; at Cle Elum. Employee of company; single; age 57. Injury, ribs hurt. Dr. D. D. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Was lifting rail off car and one of the men got in his way and he got angry and tried to
throw it off himself. Witnesses: F. L. LYONS. MORRISEY, Patrick J. 30 Oct 1908, 8:30 a.m.; Thorp. Employee of CM & StP Co.; locomotive foreman. Injury, scalded below the knees. Dr. W. A. TAYLOR, Ellensburg. While using water hose became disconnected and the hot water struck him below the knees.
Train going about 15 miles per hour. Witnesses: John CARSKADEN, brakeman; Fred WEITZ, conductor. Reported by Frank BUCHMAN, Cle Elum. MOSSOUVICH, Dan (Transcriber's note: Could be MOSSOREVICH, Dan) 11 July 1907; at Tunnel, Sta 529 to 534. Occupation, laborer; residence, unknown. Died. Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum; doctor called by P. HENSON, foreman. Three killed outright (OLESON, AHO, ALADAHO), next 2 died at Hospital Cle Elum (MOSSOUVICH,
DOOLVICH
. The rest flesh wounds and badly bruised. Accident was caused by men picking into
shot that failed to go off. Men claim no defection of fire or explosives. (Transcriber's
note - Also in accident: C. OLESON, Solomon AHO, William ALADAHO, Dan DOOLVICH, L. ANDERSON,
D. DEYMOVICH, S. HAHN.)
Witnesses: Gus KULLEN, Louis SMITH, W. DOYLE, S. LUNDQUIST, Alex LIND, Den DIGMONTY,
Alvon GINETTI, Peter VARSPIONO, Frank DEYMOVICH, all laborers, have no address. Report by H. A. AYERS, Res. Engr., Res. #3. MULLIGAN, W. J. 30 July 1907; at Sta. 2745 near Thorp, Wa. Occupation, carpenter; residence, unknown; marital status, unknown. Injury, foot crushed, not serious. Surgeon attending unknown. Stringer while being hoisted, rope broke when two feet from the ground, falling on his foot. Witnesses: unknown. Report by C. J. BARTHOLET, Res. Engr., Res. #8, Thorp. MURDOCK, James H. 26 Jan 1909, 2:45 p.m.; at Murdock, Wa. Laborer, employee of Oy Co.; single; age 40 years. Injury, broken ribs and internal injuries. Dr. W. A. TAYLOR; taken to Ebg Hospital. While loading timber, skid on which stick was being handled slipped and both skid and stick
of timber fell to the ground on one end and struck MURDOCK in the back. No defects: some ice
on the timbers which were being handled. Witnesses: David ATCHISON, laborer, Murdock; A. WHITE, laborer, Murdock. Report by E. SHESGRENS, Mats. Clerk. NAKAO, Kichige 28 October 1908, 5:30 p.m.; at 1 mi. West of Murdock Yard. Employee of co.; Japanese; single; 23 years of age. Injury, leg injured by bridge iron. Taken to Pacific Hospital, Seattle, Dr. ALLEN. The gang was engaged in unloading rock, and NAKAO went after bar to use in moving rock car,
when he stepped on a piece of bridge steel, which turned and caught his leg. Witnesses: M. WATANOFU; K. MATAKASHI; F. MINATOGAWA; S. KURITA; M. KAWASAHI; N. KISHI;
Y. KUBO; G. SHIGA; all of Murdock. O'CONNELL, Morgan 14 Oct 1908, 9:40 p.m.; So. Cle Elum Gravel Pit. Section hand; single; age 62. Injury, sprained back and leg. Doctor not called, unnecessary. Falling of bank in gravel pit while digging out steam shovel. Witnesses: F. A. RUTAM, engr.; W. J. FiTTERBY, cranesman; C. W. BROWN, timekeeper. OGAL, Ben 11 May 1907, 5:00 p.m.; at Sta. 578, Camp TAYLOR & MAGUIRE. Occupation, laborer; residence, Austria; marital status, unknown. Injury, several bad cuts around head, back badly skinned and bruised. Dr. D. O. KEARBY,
Cle Elum. Injured person taken to Hospital, Cle Elum. Doctor called by Jud MAGUIRE. Rock about 1/2 cu yd fell from side of cut, about 25' fall. Witnesses: J. E. WALSH, foreman, Easton; Thos. WHITAKER, laborer. OLESON, C. 11 July 1907; at Tunnel, Sta 529 to 534. Occupation, laborer; residence, unknown. Died. Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Doctor called by P. HENSON, foreman. Three killed outright (OLESON, AHO, ALADAHO), 2 died at Hospital Cle Elum (MOSSOUVICH,
DOOLVICH
). The rest flesh wounds and badly bruised. Accident was caused by men picking into
shot that failed to go off. Men claim no defection of fire or explosives. (Transcriber's note
- Also in accident: Solomon AHO, William ALADAHO, Dan MOSSOUVICH, Dan DOOLVICH, L. ANDERSON,
D. DEYMOVICH, S. HAHN.)
Witnesses: Gus KULLEN, Louis SMITH, W. DOYLE, S. LUNDQUIST, Alex LIND, Den DIGMONTY,
Alvon GINETTI, Peter VARSPIONO, Frank DEYMOVICH, all laborers, have no address. Report by H. A. AYERS, Res. Engr., Res. #3. OLING, Charles 8 Dec 1907, 2:30 a.m.; at Sta. 190, Hi Line West. Occupation, laborer; residence, Roumania; married; age 40. Died. Left arm torn off between wrist and elbows and also sand and gravel shot in the face.
Dr. THOMPSON, No. Bend; called by P. J. YAW. OLING took sub-contract from C. J. J. driving coyote hole at Sta. 190W. Was thawing powder
close to this station. Mike SANKOVICH, a laborer working for OLING, was drilling inside of
the hole when he heard an explosion outside. Going out he found OLING lying on the ground
with his left arm torn off between wrist and elbow, and face shot full of sand and gravel.
SANKOVICH ran to Camp #8 HiLine West for help. Had bled profusely when he returned and was
unconscious. Team took him to No. Bend. Dr. THOMPSON met him, took him to Hospital and
operated, being placed under ether. He didn't recover. He died 8 Dec 1907, 5:30 p.m. Body
shipped to Bonney-Watson, Seattle. Assume dynamite exploded when thawing. Witnesses: None. Report by J. O. BAAR, Res. Engr., Easton. OLSON, Henry 12 Nov 1907, daytime; at Sta. 1134+75, Easton. Occupation, laborer; residence, unknown; marital status, unknown. Injury, lower limbs severely bruised and perhaps some bones broken. Dr. KEARBY, Cle Elum.
Injured placed in Cle Elum Hospital. OLSON was dumpman on a car, fell with a trestle 8 ft. high. He was trying to stop a loaded
car when it fell on him, bruising his legs. Witnesses: J. FISHER, laborer. Report by D. SCHUETZ, Res. Engr., Res. #4, Easton. OLSON, John 14 June 1908, 10:30 a.m.; at Sta. 526, Tunnel Camp. Occupation, subcontractor; residence, Easton; single; age 48 years. Injury, small bone in right ankle broken. Dr. C. S. JUDAH; taken to hospital of Dr. JUDAH,
Lake Keechelus. OLSON was bulldozing a rock on his contract. He did not get far enough away and a small
fragment of the broken rock hit him, striking him on the ankle and breaking a small bone. Witnesses: C. LARSON; W. NELSON, Milwaukee, Wisc. PARKER, Thomas 9 July 1908, 3:00 p.m.; at Murdock Material Yard. Laborer; single. Injury, pinched foot. Sent to Ellensburg hospital, Dr. FLECH. While unloading soil at Murdock Material Yard, PARKER had foot pinched. He finished day
and went to Ellensburg Hospital at night. Witnesses: W. E. CHEADLE; Jno LONGLEY. PELLUM, OLE 13 April 1908, 11:30 a.m.; at Sta. 394, Murphy Camp. Laborer; residence, unknown; single; age 40. Injury, cut on head 3" long and right arm bruised. Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. PELLUM was engaged in loosening a guy rope of the derrick, standing on a ladder 20 ft. high,
when rope slipped causing PELLUM to fall to the bottom of the cut. PELLUM walked unaided to
Martin where he took the train to the Hospital at Cle Elum. Witnesses: Nordan KOLEFF and Kolo IVANOFF. Report by H. A. AYERS, Res. Engr., Easton. PERRI, Veti 4 Oct 1907, 4:00 p.m.; 500 ft. right of Sta. 2059+00. Occupation, shoveler; residence, Cle Elum; marital status, unknown; age 28 years. Injury, crushed right leg between leg and ankle and split right side of leg to thigh;
Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Doctor called by Pete KELEHAN and J. MORAN. While tree was falling PERRI continued going up the hill. The tree caught on a stump and
bit struck PERRI's leg. Witness: Ceasar ARRATA, Italy. Report by E. R. HOFFMAN, Res. Eng., Res. #6. PETE, John 4 April 1908, 10:45 a.m.; at Sta. 528, Trap Tunnel. Residence, Balla, Russe, Okink, Bulgaria; single; age 35. Death. Coroner. PETE was spotting cars in the trap tunnel when without warning about 10 cu. yds. of clay
at the face of the cut caved in breakthrough the roof of the trap tunnel, crushing John PETE,
who lived about 5 minutes. PETE was gotten out at 2:45 p.m. and moved to the powder house till
the coroner came, then taken to Ellensburg for burial. Witnesses: Wm. STINESON, Easton; O.C. LARSEN, Easton; Chas. YOHNSON, Easton. PETERS, Joe 19 March 1907, daytime; at Nelson Siding, 7 miles east of Easton. Occupation, laborer; residence, unknown; marital status, unknown; age 35 years. Died; neck broken, left leg broken above ankle. Dr. D. O. KEARBY, Cle Elum. PETERS met
immediate death, his remains shipped to Bonney-Watson Co., Seattle. Doctor called by Supt. of
Nelson's Cut. PETERS was working about 35 or 40 feet up the slope from trap, loosening dirt of about
3 yards, when it came down carrying him to an opening in trap of 1'x2', jamming him into same.
He had been warned to his own carelessness. Witnesses: Edwin JOHANSON, residence unknown; John SCHLITZ, powderman, 411 W. Madison,
Chicago; John ANDERSON, laborer, Easton; Thos. WHELAN, laborer, residence unknown; Anton TRAMIST,
foreman, residence unknown. Report by D. SCHUETZ, Res. Engr., Res. #4. REED, H. 19 Mar 1909; 11:30 a.m.; Sta. 4024. Laborer; employee; single, age 56. Injury, bruised joint of large toe on left foot; it was hurt before 5 Feb 09 while working
for L&G Co. Dr. TAYLOR. While placing rail from iron car got his foot caught, bruising an old hurt which he received
while in employ of LORIMER & GALLAGHER. Witness: F. L. LYONS, Ellensburg. REMPHER, H. 22 April 1909, at night; near 4th Yakima Xing on NRR. Laborer; employee of co.; residence, East Grand Forks, Minn; single; age 23. Hit by train. (Transcriber's note: This is listed as injury, but sounds like fatality.) While intoxicated took a pascar on N. P. tracks and train struck him. No witnesses. RIVERS, Joe 7 Dec 1908; 10 p.m.; at Murdock or Ellensburg. Employee of company; single; age 21. Injury, broken jaw. Dr. W. A. TAYLOR. Was in Ellensburg under the influence of liquor and was struck by some person (unable to
say by whom) and then started for Murdock on track velocepede when drunk. Fell from velocepede.
Cannot say whether injury was received in saloon or when he fell from velocepede. Witnesses: None. RUMKUS, Ben 4 April 1908, 3 p.m.; at Cut Sta 4020+15 to Sta 4025+29. Occupation, stationman in firm of A. BERYRLA; age about 30. Injury, probably internally injured and right thigh bone broken. Surgeon at Columbia River
Hospital attended. Taken to Company Hospital at the Columbia River. RUMKUS was engaged in coyoting in face of cut when slide of rock accurred in roof of
coyote hole. Witnesses: Chris OLESON, laborer; Erick LARSON, laborer. RYAN, Patty 6 Sept 1907, daytime; at Sta. 880, Easton. Occupation, laborer; residence, unknown; marital status, unknown. Injury, four ribs broken and badly cut and bruised eyes. Dr. KEARBY, Cle Elum. Injured
person placed in Cle Elum Hospital. RYAN with a gang of 3 men drillinga hole in cut Sta. 880 on a bench 7 ft. above grade - 2 or
3 yards of rock came loose in the slope 15 ft. above them and slid unto them, two men got away
but RYAN was caught by rocks. Witnesses: John OLSON, laborer; ZHICKA, no address. Report by D. SCHUETZ, Res. Eng.

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