Accident Victim. He received notoriety as victim of a 1855 bridge collapse. As a leading Baptist minister, the father of Major Thomas Teasdale and grandfather of poet Sara Teasdale, he was among the 34 people who were killed at the Gasconade Bridge train disaster. Seven hundred train passengers attended the excursion marking the opening of the Pacific Railroad from St. Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri on November 1, 1855. In addition to the 34 people killed, about 100 were injured when the Gasconade Bridge trestle collapsed as the 15 wooden railway cars reached the first pier. Nine of the cars sank at the edge of the Gasconade River and dragged three other cars off the track. Washington King, mayor of St. Louis, was among those injured. The president of the St. Louis city council along with the chief engineer were killed. The bridge was located 100 miles west of St. Louis.
Bio by: Connie Nisinger
In Memory of Rev. John Teasdale
Late pastor of the third Baptist Church St Louis
Born Stussex Co. N. J.
Susan Beers Losey Beardslee