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 W. Howard Raymond

W. Howard Raymond

Birth
Hamden, Delaware County, New York, USA
Death 2 Mar 1886 (aged 36)
Fishs Eddy, Delaware County, New York, USA
Burial Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Plot Sec. 1, Lot 523, Grave 7
Memorial ID 101020388 · View Source
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On Tuesday night (March 2, 1886) the awful news was telegraphed-along the line of the Ontario & Western that another wreck even more terrible than the recent Liberty disaster, had occurred at Fish's Eddy, a small town about five miles from Hancock. Train No. 30, which was late, left Walton about 4:40 and reached Hancock station at 5 o'clock, where their water was exhausted. The train was a "double header", consisting of the regular freight with Ezra Smith as conductor and an extra with Conductor Howard Raymond in charge. At Hancock the engines left the train and ran to East Branch after water and after procuring same returned and while coupling the cars, Raymond was scalded by the escaping steam and taken into the rear caboose instead of his own, which was in the middle of the train. The train then started again without any warning of the awful disaster that was soon to occur. At about 10 o'clock when the train was nearing Fish's Eddy and the rear about 200 feet from the north end of the bridge, a broken rail derailed the caboose and caused it to go bumping along on the ties until the car, which was ahead ran off the track and striking the bridge, knocked the span off the abutment and with a tremendous crash, precipitated two cars and one span of the bridge about 150 feet in length, into the river and threw the caboose to one side of the abutment from which it jumped, a distance of 40 feet into the river bed, landing bottom side up and immediately taking fire. The remainder of the train ran on to East Branch before they discovered that the cars were missing. They started back and at the Fish's Eddy depot, met the station agent, who with pale and blanched face told them of the accident and said that unless the missing men were on the train they were lost in the wreck.

One victim of this awful disaster was Conductor W. Howard Raymond of Walton, who leaves a wife and a little son about 12 years old to mourn his loss. He was one of the companies most reliable and respected employees. Mr. Raymond was only about 36 years old and just in the prime of his life. A special from Middletown was run so that all employees who were able to attend the funeral could do so. He was buried with Masonic honors and his funeral was the largest ever held in Walton. (Source: The Walton Cyclone, March 9, 1886 issue, page 1)


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  • Created by: Christine
  • Added: 20 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101020388
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for W. Howard Raymond (3 Oct 1849–2 Mar 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101020388, citing Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Christine (contributor 47978178) .