Feb. 28, 1958 Grand Rapids Kent County Michigan, USA
Additional child: Evelyn I Hacker b. 1913 MI
Emil was injured in the Pere- Marquette train wreck
On July 20, 1907 an excursion train of 800 passengers from Ionia to Detroit collided with a freight train near Salem, killing 31 and injuring 101. The accident apparently happened because of a hand-written schedule on unlined paper whose columns did not line up, and were misread by the freight crew. The Interstate Commerce Commission investigation also cited various safety violations including use of pine instead of oak for car walls and an omission of steel plates required for mail cars. This remains Michigan's worst rail disaster.