One of the first blogs I wrote, back in March, 2012, was about the train accidents which claimed the lives of both Warren Perry Thomas (1860-1896) and his nephew Charles Franklin Thomas Jr. (1878-1899). The original article is here: “Thomas Family Train Accidents“.
It occurred to me today that I never posted the original articles about those accidents, so I’m going to put them here, for the record.
The first article I found was this short blurb from the “Saint Lawrence Herald”, Dec 1896:
This article, from the “New Haven Register”, New Haven, CT on 5 Dec 1896, outlines the basic facts of the first accident:
The next article, from the “Watertown Daily Times”, Watertown, NY. 9 Dec 1896, fills in more details:
This article, from, includes an emotional interview with Charles Franklin Thomas Sr. about the accident, and finding his dead brother in the wreck:
One more from the “Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix”, page 3. 11 Dec 1896:
Three years later, Warren’s nephew Charles Franklin Thomas Jr. was killed when the train on which he was working as brakeman passed under a bridge. Normally there was plenty of clearance, but the bridge was being painted, and Charles was struck from behind by a piece of a the scaffolding as he walked along the top of the freight cars. His neck was broken, and he died within minutes.
A shorter article, from the “Potsdam-St. Lawrence Herald”, 21 Jul 1899. Courtesy of the Franklin County Historical Society.
This article about the accident, was printed in the “Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix”, 23 June 1899, page 2:
Charles’s gravestone features an image of a freight train brake wheel, a nod to the duties he was performing when he was killed.