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 Loriad Valdi Vickers

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Loriad Valdi Vickers

  • Birth 10 Feb 1854 Afton, Union County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 4 Jun 1938 Overland, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Bel-Nor, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 5052381

My great-grandpa, born at home with only a midwife, he was the first child of 22 for Nathan C. Vickers and Sarah Ann McDonald. Only 4 lived to maturity, but by the time he was 10 he was assisting in delivering his siblings. First married 1880 to Carrie Belle Raquet, they divorced after she had another man's child. Loriad married again 1888 to Hilan Olivia Barkdull whom everyone called, Olive. He worked many years for the Railroad and, when he retired, he brewed real root beer on his front porch. Loriad died peacefully in his sleep at age 84.

Carthage Weekly Press
Week of December 2, 1886
WRECK ON THE RAIL A Fatal Collision on the Missouri Pacific at Greenwood. Another very disastrous collision occurred on the Missouri Pacific near Greenwood yesterday morning, in which Col. Elija A. Magoffin, a postal clerk, was instantly killed and F. W. Beebe and O. P. Miller, also postal clerks, badly injured and L. V. Vickers, another clerk, slightly hurt. The accident was the result of carelessness in the transmission of orders and the blame lies between the operator at Greenwood, M. G. Morgan and the train dispatcher at Sedalia. The freight conductor supposing that the passenger train was late, started for Greenwood. Conductor King, of the passenger train, received a clearance at Pleasant Hill, saying that there were no orders. He then pulled out for Greenwood, which he left at 6:02. Eight minutes later the train, dashing around a sharp curve, collided with the freight train. The engineers and firemen of both engines escaped with slight injuries by jumping. The occupants of the mail car, however, were less fortunate. Both engines kept the track but the postal car was telescoped from both ends and thrown on top of the passenger engine. Col. Magoffin and F. W. Beebe, the later of whom was in charge of the care, were asleep in the forward end of the car. The former was thrown through the end of the car and when found was lying on the boiler of the freight engine buried under debris. He was dead when found. When the car reared on to the freight engine it broke in two. Into this aperture Beebe fell and, the floor closing again, he was wedged in with his head and shoulders above the floor. His lower limbs were badly scalded by the escaping steam. Beebe succeeded in wrenching himself free and reached the ground, where a heavy timber fell upon his right leg, crushing it frightful. O. P. Miller, another mail clerk, had two ribs broken from the spine and is supposed to have received internal injuries. L.V. Vickers, the other occupant of the mail car, had his hip and hand badly bruised. Relief trains sent from this city and Sedalia arrived at the wreck at 9:30. Besides the engine and mail car the passenger train were not damaged and none of the passengers were at all injured. The wreck was cleared away by night. Miller, who resides at St. Louis, was sent to Pleasant Hill; Beebe, who lives in Wyandotte, was brought to this city and sent home in a hack, and the remains of Colonel McGoffin were taken to Independence, where the deceased had resided for several years with his family which consists of a wife and four boys, the eldest of whom is but 12 years of age. Kansas City Times, 28th

Five years later, Loriad's brother John was killed in a mail train wreck in Mississippi.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Loriad Valdi Vickers (10 Feb 1854–4 Jun 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5052381, citing Lake Charles Park Cemetery, Bel-Nor, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Marigay (contributor 47219241) .