George R. “Tug” Wilson

George R. “Tug” Wilson

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Death 6 Dec 1889 (aged 33)
Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Rolling Prairie, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 91531153 · View Source
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Suggested edit: December 6 - Dune Park, Indiana (Westchester Township)
Killed: 1
Injured: 2
Synopsis: A westbound New York Central Railroad limited express passenger train, traveling over the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, wrecked at Dune Park at about 8:00 pm. During this time period, Dune Park was a major sand shipping station owned and operated by the Knickerbocker Ice Company; most of the sand was sent to Chicago for construction projects. The passenger train came across a misplaced switch, which caused it to travel to an adjacent side track. The engineer of the passenger train immediately reversed the locomotive's engine and set the brakes, but he was unable to stop the train before it collided at forty miles per hour with several empty sand cars The train consisted of the locomotive, tender, one baggage car, a chair car, two coach cars, and two sleeper cars. The new locomotive, which had just entered service, was thrown across the main track and destroyed, and the three cars behind the locomotive were splintered to pieces. George "Tug" Wilson, the fireman on the locomotive, died approximately two hours after the collision. A flying timber had completely amputated Wilson's left arm, while another large wooden splinter lodged into his mouth. The engineer, A. M. Beckett, and the conductor, a C. C. Harris, were injured. Brakeman Jack Dempsey, working with a sand train crew, was blamed for the accident. When ending the work day, the sand train crew was returning to Chesterton. Dempsey was told by his foreman to close the switch and lock it. It is believed that in his rush to return with his crew to Chesterton that Dempsey mistakenly locked the switch in the open position. Furthermore, the switch light was not burning, thereby providing no notice of the switch position to the crew on the New York Central passenger train.
PER:http://www.porterhistory.org/2016/03/porter-county-railroad-wrecks-and.html
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George R. Wilson
Killed at Dune Park
Dec. 6, 1889
Aged 33 yrs 8 mos 20 days
He gave his life for others


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  • Created by: Deborah Gliva
  • Added: 7 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91531153
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George R. “Tug” Wilson (17 Mar 1856–6 Dec 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91531153, citing Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie, La Porte County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Deborah Gliva (contributor 47364393) .