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 Simon S Geiger

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Simon S Geiger

  • Birth Dec 1877
  • Death 6 Jan 1906 Brandtsville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 104141177

Harrisburg Patriot News, January 8, 1906



Twenty-one Cars and an
Engine Smashed With Fatal
Results for Two Men

Twenty-one freight cars and engine No. 1095 were wrecked on the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh branch of the Harrisburg division of the Philadelphia and Reading railway at Brandtsville, fourteen miles west of this city, early Saturday morning. Conductor Simon Geiger, 232 Cherry Street, this city, and Brakeman Fred Anderson, Twelfth Street, were killed and Engineer Samuel Alleman, 555 South Tenth Street and Charles Holly, 1413 Market Street, were badly injured. The exact cause of the wreck is not known. The train was running east at a fast pace and when it reached the crossing at Brandtsville, the engine suddenly left the rails and the twenty-one cars in its rear followed after and piled up on the track. Engineer Alleman, Fireman Holly and Conductor Geiger were all on the engine.

On the middle part of the train was Brakeman Anderson and he was caught in the wreckage and while a large number of cars and coal passed on over his body the rear end of the wrecked cars piled up where he lay. One of the big battleship cars was hurled to a side and struck a shed belonging to George Brandt, crushing it as an eggshell and wrecking a number of farm implements stored inside.

Flagman Hoke, who was upon the rear end of the train, was the only member of the crew who escaped and he immediately notified the officials in this city of the accident. The wrecking force of this city and that of Boiling Springs were ordered to the scene. The body of Conductor Geiger was completely buried with the exception of one foot, which protruded from the debris. He was taken out at 9 o'clock after considerable work on the part of the wrecking crews. Nearly all the wreckage was cleared away before the body of Brakeman Anderson was taken out at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. He was badly disfigured and his life was probably crushed out instantly as was Conductor Geiger's. The injured men were brought to the Harrisburg Hospital as soon as a relief train could get started away from the wreck.

The acting deputy coroner of Cumberland County, residing at Carlisle, was on the scene before noon and appointed the following as jurymen; F. B. Sutton, Boiling Springs; John A Hoover, Brandtsville; M. A. Goodhart, Churchtown: George M. Brandt, Brandtsville; J. A. Peckart, Brandtsville.

The jury came to this city on Saturday afternoon and held an inquest over the body of Conductor Geiger at Boyd's undertaking establishment, to which the body was taken. After a visit to the hospital they went to the trainmaster's office at the Reading station. On account of the action not having been filed, Deputy Coroner Davis said yesterday afternoon that he could not yet give out any particulars, but that at present it seems that no person could be found guilty. The action will be filed this morning.

Conductor Geiger is survived by his parents; Mr. and Mrs. Allison Geiger and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Elizabeth Heims, this city; Mrs. Fred Kerns 1223 Swatara Street; George, William A., Mrs. Jennie Romick, Race Street; Miss Carrie B. and Miss Ellen Geiger. He was a member of Harrisburg Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles; America Council No. 3, O. U. A. M.; the Harrisburg Republican Club and Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen Lodge No. 383. Just thirteen years ago Edward Geiger, a brother of Conductor Geiger, was killed at RL tower in the local yards of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Reformed Salem Church by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Ellis N. Kremer. Interment will be made in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Brakeman Anderson was twenty-eight years of age and has no immediate relatives in this city. He has for many years boarded at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murman; 1322 North Twelfth Street. The funeral services will be held from the house tomorrow at 2 o'clock. Rev. Henry Cunningham, pastor of the Bethany Presbyterian Chapel, will probably officiate. Interment will be made in the East Harrisburg Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 104141177
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Simon S Geiger (Dec 1877–6 Jan 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104141177, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Michael Milliken (contributor 33120843) .