|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1915|
The Valley Falls New Era
October 21, 1915
Dr. Lewis Attwood Killed.
When a Union Pacific Motor Car Plunged into Creek near Randolph, Kansas.
>From The Meriden Ledger.
This community suffered a great shock Saturday afternoon when the sad news was conveyed that Dr. Lewis ATTWOOD, for many years a resident of Meriden but now of Topeka, was a victim.
Dr. ATTWOOD was on his way to Randolph, Kansas, where he was to assist his brother, Arthur ATTWOOD, who is also a physician, with an operation on Saturday morning, October 18th, when the accident occurred.
The sudden rise of Fancy Creek was given as the cause of the wreck. The motor car train consisted of one passenger coach and a baggage and mail combination car. The creek which is usually dry was swollen into a torrent by three inches of rain which fell on Sunday. The bridge proper is said to have withsttod the ravages of the flood waters, but the south abutment was cut under so that the charging motor train carried it down.
The ill fated train, containing about seventy-five passengers, left Manhattan shortly before 7 o'clock and arrived at Fancy Creek bridge at 7:40. According to reports the train was travelling at a rapid rate when the forward end of the passenger car suddenly pitched down.
The passengers in the forward end were thrown against the motorman's compartment and those further to the rear were dashed against the seats or thrown in the aisle.
Seventeen Kansans were killed and forty-three injured. Dr. ATTWOOD was one of the first to be found and he is thought to have met instant death.
The first news of his death was received in a telephone call to his home in Topeka at about 10 o'clock.
Dr. ATTWOOD was about 35 years of age. He and Mrs. ATTWOOD resided in Meriden for about five years dwhile here they owned the Drug store and the doctor practiced medicine. Three years ago they moved to Topeka and during this time they spent about a year in California and the doctor practiced medicine in Los Angeles.
In May 1915 they returned to Topeka and opened an office at 622 Kansas Avenue. He was also a Post-graduate student as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist and has been making regular trips to Meriden this summer.
He was a young man of fine qualities and good habits, a kind loving husband, a dutiful son and a noble brother.
He did not stay in this old world many years but the winding sheet of life is not measured by length, but by light and love.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary ATTWOOD of Clay Center and four brothers, Charles ATTWOOD of Abilene, Arthur ATTWOOD of Randolph, William ATTWOOD of Formosa and Edward ATTWOOD of LaCrosse and two sisters, Mrs. Ella HAHN of Clay Center and Miss Esther ATTWOOD of Clay Center.
The funeral services were held from the First United Brethren church in Topeka Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. G.K. HARTMAN and Rev. M.L. ROBEY officiating. Interment in Mount Hope cemetery.
Many very beautiful floral offerings were in evidence bearing the message of sympathy from the large circle of friends and neighbors.
It is indeed sad that one so young and able should be taken away so suddenly. The many friends here extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
"Weep not dear ones, but be content,
For I, to you was only lent,
The Lord has only had His due,
And very soon may call on you."
Ida M Attwood (1882 - 1954)*
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Dale Bernhardt
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
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