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 William F Archibald

William F Archibald

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death Feb 1896 (aged 39–40)
USA
Burial Hokah, Houston County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 89075621 · View Source
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WAS A COLLISION
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Engineer Archibald Was a Victim
of Criminal Negligence.
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Wisconsin Central Switch Engine Was
on His Track - Coroner’s Jury
Hold the Engineer and Fireman
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The reports given out Saturday that Engineer W. L. Archibald jumped from his engine on the Chicago Great Western passenger No. 3, because he thought his track was obstructed by a switch engine and that the latter engine was on another track and struck Archibald in passing No. 3, were not true. His train left Chicago for Dubuque five minutes late, which makes the crew of the Wisconsin Central, whose tracks the Great Western use, all the more negligent, and the coroner held the engineer and fireman of the switch engine to the grand jury. The switch engine had no right on the outgoing track used by the Chicago Great Western after the latter was due. Yet it was there five minutes later, and there was no flagman out to warn the crew of the approaching express. As the train rounded a curve Engineer Archibald saw the switch engine through the fog, reversed his engine, applied the air brakes and then jumped. He alighted on a pile of ties, fell back under his train with the base of his skull crushed and was cut into two. Fireman Snyder stood ready to jump but saw, after the engine had been reversed, that the collision would be slight, and, while he was hanging half way out of the cab window, held on. The crash was of little force and little more than to break a headlight and smash the engine's pilot.

Mr. Archibald's remains were brought to Dubuque Saturday night and yesterday morning were taken to Hokah, Minn., the home of his parents. The funeral filled a special coach attached to the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul 6:15 a.m. train, and included the representatives of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Masons and other friends. Mr. Archibald was 39 years old.
Dubuque Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 11, 1896


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  • Created by: Duane St. Mary
  • Added: 24 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89075621
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William F Archibald (1856–Feb 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89075621, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Hokah, Houston County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Duane St. Mary (contributor 47600306) .