|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1868|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1901|
Son of Thomas and Frances Albert
Distressing Accident on the Valley Near Mud Run.
BOILER OF A LOCOMOTIVE BURSTS - THE MEN BADLY SCALDED AND OTHERWISE INJURED - ALL FROM PITTSTON - THEY WERE IN THE CAB OF THE ENGINE AT THE TIME - NO REASON GIVEN FOR THE ACCIDENT - SEVERE CONCUSSION.
Three men met death in a distressing railroad accident on the Lehigh Valley Railroad near Mud Run, near White Haven, yesterday morning at 5:40. The cause of the accident was the bursting of the boiler on a locomotive and the victims met a terrible fate. All three were well known residents of Pittston. They are:
Wilson Albert, engineer, aged 32 years, wife and two small children
Morgan Marsh, fireman, aged 22 years, unmarried.
Robert McMillan, brakeman, aged 22 years, unmarried.
The engine was an extra freight, no. 633, and was west bound. One mile east of Mud Run it ran into a siding to get up steam. It had been standing only a few minutes when, without a moment's warning, the boiler burst with awful force. The three men were in the cab of the engine at the time and there was no chance for them to escape. They were thrown some distance from the track and terribly scalded. So great was the concussion that telegraph wires across the river were blown down.
The force of the explosion threw the locomotive over the east bound track and the boiler was thrown down the embankment into the Lehigh River.
Albert and Marsh, the engineer and fireman, were literally roasted, and their heads and bodies were also badly bruised. The flesh peeled from their bodies and their faces were unrecognizable. Marsh's leg was also broken at the ankle and the bone protruded from the flesh. McMillan was not so badly scalded, but his skull was fractures, and it is this that probably caused his death.
As soon as the news of the accident reached this city a repair train was sent to clear up the track and the bodies were brought to this city at 10:30. They were taken in charge by undertaker Doron who, after preparing them for burial, sent them to Pittston. Traffic was delayed for several hours.
What caused the accident is not known, as it is said the engine was in first class condition when it started out with the train.
Wilson Albert was about 32 years of age and before taking up his residence in Pittston lived in this city, his birthplace, where a sister and brother survive. For many years he had been an engineer on the Valley road. He is survived by a wife and two small children. He was of kindly disposition, a loving husband and affectionate parent. A large circle of friends testify to his popularity. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was also a member of class No. 24 of Broad Street M. E. Sunday school, Pittston, being one of its most enthusiastic members.
Morgan Marsh, the fireman, was a native of Pittston and was about 30 years of age. With many acquaintances he was highly esteemed by all. About five years ago he was married to a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Yates of Pittston, who is left. He was a member of the Brotherhood. The funeral of Mr. Marsh will be held from the family home this afternoon at 3 o'clock, services being conducted by Rev. Mr. Johnston of the Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Pittston Cemetery.
Robert McMillan, the brakeman, was the only son of Alexander McMillan of Vine street, Pittston. He was singe and about 22 years of age. He was extensively known and was a member of several Pittston organizations. He was a regular attendant at the Presbyterian Church.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 14 Mar 1901)
Thomas Albert (1826 - 1900)
Kate Nape Werlin Albert (1868 - 1960)*
Edith Albert Beckendorf (1897 - 2004)*
Caroline M Albert Callahan (1852 - 1926)*
Mary Olive Albert Bush (1860 - 1911)*
Wilson T Albert (1868 - 1901)
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Record added: Feb 03, 2013
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