William A. Sigal

William A. Sigal

Death 2 Oct 1893 (aged 32)
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 116524560 · View Source
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Sad Fate of a Popular Man.
The Tucson Star of yesterday gives some particulars of the horrible fate of W. A. Sigal, the popular young railroad conductor, who ran out of this city for several years, on both the Texas and Pacific and Mexican Central, and who has been breaking on the Southern Pacific for the past three years. When he met his death he was breaking on a freight train of box cars under Conductor N. Spiers, going west to Yuma, Arizona. About 2 o'clock last Monday morning, as the train was traveling at a fair rate of speed, Conductor Spiers, who was in the caboose, glanced over the tops of the cars and saw Sigal with a lantern in his hand. A moment later the light disappeared and the conductor supposed that Sigal had gone to the engine. After about twelve miles of road had been covered and Sigal had failed to come to the caboose, Spiers thought this strange and walked over the cars to the engine. Neither the engineer nor fireman had seen Sigal, and that sickening sensation that always comes over a railroad man under similar circumstances was experienced by Conductor Spiers. The train was stopped and with the engine and caboose, the trainmen went slowly over the twelve miles covered after Sigal had last been seen. They reached Ligurta station and the section foreman told them that he had found Sigal lying on the track near by and had carried him into the house. The poor fellow was in a terrible condition, but was conscious. The wheels had smashed the left leg below the knee and the right near the thigh. The unfortonate man was placed on the caboose and Gila Bend was soon reached, where medical aid was at hand. But he was too far gone and died soon after arriving at that place. The remains were brought back to Tucson, to be held until the arrival of his mother-In-law, Mrs. Moody, from Big Springs, Texas, his wife and little daughter being in Tucson. Mrs. Moody passed through this city yesterday on her way to her daughter. Billy Sigal was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, had been on the road for three years and would before long have been given a train. He was a man of education, and one of the most popular boys on the road.

October 4, 1893
El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas · Page 7

Apparently the body was buried in Tuscon, Arizona in 1893, and re-interred in Concordia Cemetery on March 21, 1915. See attached Death Certificates.

William A. Sigal was married to Mary H. Moody, who later married Charles H. Allen.

Texas, Marriage Index
Name: W. A. Sigal
Marriage Date: 4 May 1890
Marriage Place: Howard, Texas, USA
Spouse: Mary Moody

William's son was Albert Edward Sigal, born in Arizona.

Name: Albert Edward Sigal
Birth Date: 24 Apr 1893
Birth Place: Arizona
Death Date: 5 Jul 1980
Death Place: Contra Costa
Mother's Maiden Name: Moody

William's son, Albert, married Marguerite Bennett , daughter of Gertrude Casad and Joseph Francis Bennett.

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  • Created by: Julia Cruz
  • Added: 3 Sep 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 116524560
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William A. Sigal (20 Aug 1861–2 Oct 1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 116524560, citing Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Julia Cruz (contributor 48038195) .