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Speros "Sam" Darras
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Birth: May 20, 1893
Death: Apr. 8, 1935
California, USA

On the 11th of April 1935 it took four hearses to convey the bodies of 11 men to the Roseville Cemetery. The Roseville Tribune noted that "the number of persons interred yesterday was the largest ever to be buried here in one day." The tragedy that took the lives of these 11 men, was put into motion the previous Sunday when "one of the most severe storms ever to lash the Roseville vicinity was recorded." Then, the following day on the 8th of April, two rail monitor cars collided in the darkness at approximately 8:30 P.M., between the cities of Roseville and Lincoln. One survivor said he remembered someone yelling "Jump!" Another survivor remembered only the sound of the impact; both survivors said they saw no lights. The impact was such that hurled many of the victims of the train wreck 50 feet from the point of impact. Those who died were on a Southern Pacific gravel train that had been repairing portions of the track swept away by the floods that began the previous Sunday. The dead men included 4 men of Greek descent who had been chums for decades, and 7 men of Mexican descent. "The 7 Mexicans were buried side by side in a single large trench. The 4 Greek dead were also laid beside each other," per the Roseville Tribune account of the burial reported on 12 April 1935, and all were buried in identical caskets. The men were:

Agopito Munos (31), resident of Roseville 15 years;
Jose F. Vargas, resident of Roseville 7 years;
Vincente Hernandez (33), resident of Roseville 7 years;
Steve Giantopulos (47), resident of Roseville 20 years;
Louis Apostolos (38), resident of Roseville 20 years;
Sam Darras (41), resident of Roseville 20 years;
Peter Piniotos (41), resident of Roseville 20 years;
Antonio Espinoza (46), resident of Roseville 10 years;
A. Caballero;
Leonardo Jimenez (41), resident of Roseville 6 years;
Isaac Esqueda (46), resident of Roseville for 5 years.

Services for the men of Greek descent were held in the W.I.C. clubhouse. Rites were conducted by a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Sacramento, Roseville Chapter of Ahepa.

The widows and children of the 11 men numbered 35.

(Research from Roseville Tribune & Register articles from April 10 and 12, 1935)

Roseville Public Cemetery District
Placer County
California, USA
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Record added: Aug 12, 2012
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Speros Sam Darras
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