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Lester M. Chronister
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Birth: Jun. 28, 1911
Death: Feb. 13, 1944



Hatboro, Pa, Feb. 14 - Traffic was restored today on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Trenton cutoff after a 90-car freight train crashed into the rear of another freight near here, killing an engineer and a fireman and injuring three other trainmen.

T.J. Herman, 60, Harrisburg, the engineer, and L. M. Chronister, 35, New Cumberland, Pa, the fireman, were killed yesterday when their electric locomotive plowed into the first freight which railroad officials said had stopped to cut off a car that developed a hot box.

The halted freight was bound from Trenton to Harrisburg and the other from Jersey City to Harrisburg.

The injured, all crew members of the second train, were P. C. Aldinger, 43, Steelton, Pa., brakeman; I. G. O'Neal, 41, Harrisburg, brakeman, and Alonzo Linsenmoyer, 63, Harrisburg, conductor.

Five freight cars and the caboose of the halted train were smashed against the electric locomotive of the second freight. However, Mongomery County Coroner W. J. Rushong said the condition of the bodies indicated that electrocution might have contributed to the deaths.

Railroad officials said a flagman was dispatched to the rear of the stopped train but that the crew of the second freight apparently did not see his signals.


[Daily News (Huntingdon,Pa) - Feb. 14, 1944] 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond C. Chronister (1880 - 1934)
  Anna M. Chronister (1881 - 1954)
 
 Spouse:
  Elsa Steger Rudy (1912 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rolling Green Memorial Park
Camp Hill
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Block E
 
Maintained by: Rachel R
Originally Created by: Brenda & Pete
Record added: Jan 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64217059
Lester M. Chronister
Added by: Brenda & Pete
 
Lester M. Chronister
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