Published in the Carthage Weekly Press
Week of December 2, 1886
WRECK ON THE RAIL
A Fatal Collision on the Missouri Pacific at Greenwood
Another very disastrous collision occurred on the Missouri Pacific near Greenwood yesterday morning, in which Col. Elija A. Magoffin, a postal clerk, was instantly killed and F. W. Beebe and O. P. Miller, also postal clerks, badly injured and L. V. Vickers, another clerk, slightly hurt. The accident was the result of carelessness in the transmission of orders and the blame lies between the operator at Greenwood, M. G. Morgan and the train dispatcher at Sedalia.
The freight conductor supposing that the passenger train was late, started for Greenwood. Conductor King, of the passenger train, received a clearance at Pleasant Hill, saying that there were no orders. He then pulled out for Greenwood, which he left at 6:02. Eight minutes later the train, dashing around a sharp curve, collided with the freight train.
The engineers and firemen of both engines escaped with slight injuries by jumping. the occupants of the mail car, however, were less fortunate. Both engines kept the track but the postal car was telescoped from both ends and thrown on top of the passenger engine. Col. Magoffin and F. W. Beebe, the later of whom was in charge of the care, were asleep in the forward end of the car. The former ws thrown through the end of the car and when found was lying on the boiler of the freight engine buried under debris. He was dead when found. When the car reared on to the freight engine it broke in two. Into this aperture Beebe fell, and, the floor closing again, he was wedged in with his head and shoulders above the floor. His lower limbs were badly scalded by the escaping steam. Beebe succeeded in wrenching himself free and reached the ground, where a heavy timber fell upon his right leg, crushing it frightfully.
O. P. Miller, another mail clerk, had two ribs broken from the spine and is supposed to have received internal injuries. L.V. Vickers, the other occupant of the mail car, had his hip and hand badly bruised.
Relief trains sent from this city and Sedalia arrived at the wreck at 9:30. Besides the engine and mail car the passenger train were not damaged and none of the passengers were at all injured. The wreck was cleared away by night.
Miller, who resides at St. Louis, was sent to Pleasant Hill; Beebe, who lives in Wyandotte, was brought to this city and sent home in a hack, and the remains of Colonel McGoffin were taken to Independence, where the deceased had resided for several years with his family which consists of a wife and four boys, the eldest of whom is but 12 years of age.
-Kansas City Times, 28th
The account of the accident in the
Carthage Weekly Banner
Week of December 2, 1886
ANOTHER BAD WRECK
From Monday's Daily
Last Saturday morning at six o'clock, the west bound passenger and mail train on the Missouri Pacific collided with an east bound freight rounding a curve one and one-half miles east of Greenwood, while both trains were running at full speed. The engineers reversed their engines and with their firemen jumped just in time to save their lives. The mail car telescoped. The chief clerk, Frank Beebe of this city, and one of his clerks, Magoffin of Independence, were asleep in the front end of the car. Magoffin was instantly killed, and Frank Beebe was badly scalded and considerably jammed and bruised and Mellor, another clerk, was hurt. The accident was due to a mistake of the operator either at Pleasant Hill or Greenwood, giving the number of the freight as three instead of a hundred and twenty-three. The night operator at Greenwood claims to have repeated the dispatch and and received the dispatcher's "O.K."
Mr. Joe Church, who went up Saturday night, returned from Wyandotte this morning, says Frank Beebe has not yet recovered from the shock and can not tell how badly he is injured. His left leg and foot are badly scalded and his big toe mashed flat. he is very sore through the body, but is not believed to be seriously hurt internally. When the crash came, Frank was laying on a distributing rack and fell through the floor as it parted and was caught by the head. While dangling in this position his leg was scalded by the hot water escaping from the burst pipes. Joe says the flesh is dropping off from Frank's foot and leg, and the injury depends upon whether the cords of the leg are scalded beyond recovery. It is a very sad affair. As this community is particularly interested in chief clerk Beebe, our sympathy naturally turns to him, and we all are glad to know he is not fatally hurt. Col. Magoffin leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden death., Public sympathy is extended to all the afflicted.
There were five clerks with the postal car, one of whom was back in the passenger coach at the time. One clerk only escaped injury.
Article below published in the May 22, 1890 edition of the Carthage Weekly Press;
Another Carthage Boy Promoted
Mr. Frank A. Beebe arrived last evening on a visit to his family and friends in this city prior to being assigned to his district as Post Office Inspector, to which office he has just been appointed. Mr. Beebe has been in the postal service for twelve years and has made the best record of any in his department, thus earning his promotion by faithful and efficient work. He also stood a competitive examination under the civil service rules, being one of two in a class of 14 who succeeded in passing, and has a right to be proud of his promotion.
Frank will have his headquarters at St. Louis, but make Carthage his home, his duties requiring him to be on the road most of the time. The Press extends hearty congratulations.
FRANK BEEBE AT REST
FUNERAL SERVICES CONDUCTED HERE BY MASONIC LODGE
The funeral of Frank A. Beebe was conducted from the Knell chapel at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The Masonic lodge was in charge of the services. Robert Elliott officiated as master and E. H. Irwin ws chaplain. Miss Ruth Thompson and Miss Ethel Claflin sang.
Mr. Beebe was 66 years old. He died at his home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma last Saturday. Messages received fromthe Masonic lodge at St. Louis indicated that he had died there. The error was not learned until the body arrived from Pawhuska. It was accompanied by A. H. Hurley.
The wife was unable to be here because of illness.
Four daughters, two sons and one brother and one sister attended the funeral yesterday.
The children are;
Miss Frances Beebe
Mrs. Louise Burger
Mrs. Helen Bell
Mrs. C. E. McCarty
Dr. Joseph A. Beebe
Sidney F. Beebe
M. H. Beebe of Chicago is the brother and Mrs. Nellie Scott is the sister
Hinckly F. Beebe (1831 - 1901)
Minerva A. Case Beebe (1829 - 1904)
Willis E. Beebe (1856 - ____)*
Nellie Beebe Scott (1858 - 1921)*
Marvin H. Beebe (1861 - 1937)*
Frank A. Beebe (1865 - 1920)
Plot: Traditional area Bl 20 Lot 32 Sp 1
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60516275
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"Life isn't a matter of milestones...But of moments." ~Author: Rose Kennedy In memory of F. A. Beebe, postal clerk on the Missouri Pacific RR 1886|
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