Katheryn Rose <I>McAvoy</I> Arney

Katheryn Rose McAvoy Arney

Ontario, Canada
Death 27 Feb 1921 (aged 39)
Porter, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section L, Lot NN 11, Block 7
Memorial ID 107509589 · View Source
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Katheryn Rose was born on Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada to a ship captain and his wife. She was the first of six children. The family moved to Muskegon Michigan shortly after her birth. Her siblings were born in Michigan and Illinois. She married Howard Arney on January 31, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois.

Katheryn was killed in the Porter, Indiana train wreck in 1921 along with her husband, Howard Arney.

Death in Porter Indiana train wreck:

On Sunday evening, February 27 (1921), westbound New York Central passenger train No. 151 plowed through the third coach of eastbound Michigan Central train No. 20, at an interlocked crossing of these lines at Porter, Indiana. Thirty-seven persons were killed and four seriously injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the engineman on the Michigan Central train had run past a home interlocked signal in the stop position at a high rate of speed, his train being derailed on the split point derail which was open. After running on the ties for a distance of approximately 800 ft., the third coach of the train remained upright and standing directly on the crossing of the New York Central. The New York Central train, traveling at high speed, struck this coach, reducing it to a mass of kindling wood.

The trains involved in the collision were New York Central westbound passenger train NO. 151, known as the "Interstate Express," and Michigan Central eastbound passenger train No. 20, known as the "Canadian." The accident happened on the crossing of the interlocking plant at Porter, Indiana, 40 miles southeast of Chicago on the New York Central and 44 miles southeast of Chicago on the Michigan Central. Both trains were approaching the crossing at a high rate of speed. Investigation after the accident disclosed that the levers in the interlocking machine were in the proper position to permit of a westbound movement on the New York Central and that the routes on the Michigan central were set against the passage of trains. The New York Central train No. 151 leaves Buffalo daily at 8:30 a.m. and is due to arrive in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. This train is scheduled to arrive at Porter, Indiana (Norwood), at 6:21 p.m.
Michigan Central train No. 20 leaves Chicago at 5:05 p.m., arriving at Windsor, Canada, at 1:45 a.m., where it is turned over to the Canadian Pacific for movement to Toronto, Montreal and points east.

The train was made up largely of Canadian Pacific cars, the baggage car, smoker, day coach and three sleepers being Canadian Pacific equipment, while the diner and two sleepers were Michigan Central and Pullman equipment, respectively. This train was due to arrive at Porter at 6:16 p.m. and was running a few minutes late at the time of the accident. The schedule time of this train is 50 miles an hour between Hammond, Indiana and Michigan City. The schedule running time of the New York Central train between La Porte, Indiana and Englewood (Chicago) Illinois is 41 miles per hour.

At the point of the accident the Michigan Central tracks run almost due east and west. About 1,000 ft. west of the crossing there is a curve to the north of about 1 degree, after which the track is again tangent, while east of the crossing the track is tangent for some distance. The New York Central tracks at this point are tangent. The interlocking at this place is a mechanical plant equipped with electric route locking and approach indicators on both railroads and is maintained by the New York Central. After the accident the levers in the machine were found in the proper position to give the New York Central train the route over the plant.

Right away, Katheryn's husband was identified as one of the dead:

Chicago Tribune, March 1, 1921:
Arney, Howard, Cleveland, O., employee of Walker and Weeks of that city.

Katheryn was among the unidentified dead and was identified later.

ARNEY, Katheryn R. Arney, suddenly at Porter, Ind. Feb 27, beloved wife of the late Howard Arney, fond mother of Katheryn Elizabeth, daughter of the late Capt. John and Elizabeth McAvoy, sister of Mrs. Karl Crist, James, John, Rogers and Murry McAvoy. Funeral Friday at 2 pm from late residence 1433 Howard st, Rogers Park, For information call Lawndale 369.

Their daughter was near 14 years old at the time and it is believed that she grew up with Katheryn's only sister, Margaret (listed as Mrs. Karl Crist in the obit above).

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  • Created by: Pat McAvoy-Costin
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 107509589
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Katheryn Rose McAvoy Arney (7 Sep 1881–27 Feb 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107509589, citing Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Pat McAvoy-Costin (contributor 48084411) .