Humphrey, AR Train Wreck, May 1892

KILLED IN A WRECK.

SIX KILLED AND EIGHTEEN INJURED NEAR HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS.

An Irregular Passenger Train Running Contrary to Orders Dashes Into a Freight -- Six Persons Killed and Eighteen Injured -- The Wires in Bad Shape and Full Particulars Impossible to Obtain.

ST. LOUIS, May 21 -- News is received here of a wreck on the Cotton Belt railroad last night 350 miles south of this city, between Humphrey and Golden stations in Arkansas. An irregular passenger train running contrary to orders, crashed into a freight and much damage was done.

The entire passenger train was ditched and four were killed and eighteen injured. MRS. HANSON of Arkansas, was the only lady identified. The other bodies are those of two women and one man.

Engineer PETERSON of the passenger train and a brakeman of the freight are reported missing. Conductor FIELD of the passenger train and MRS. HANSON'S husband are among the badly injured.
An official dispatch received at the head quarters of the Cotton Belt road place the number killed as six, injured eighteen. Owing to the demoralized condition of the wires it is impossible to get additional information.

The latest information received in regard to the Cotton Belt wreck place the number of killed at seven with one missing. The names of the dead as far as learned are: A. M. SWAN, JONES, OARSMAN. One is believed to be JAMES MORGAN of Memphis. MRS. HENSEN, wife of a railroad employe, and two unidentified bodies, a woman and a missing man and fireman were in one engine.

The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Iowa 1892-05-21

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VICTIMS OF THE WRECK.

LIST OF THE KILLED AND INJURED IN THE GOLDMAN CATASTROPHE.

Pine Bluff, Ark., May 22. -- The government steamer "WICHITA" this morning brought here the bodies of the following persons killed in the Cotton Belt wreck near Goldman, night before last:
OCTAVE ANDERSON, of Amarillo, Tex.
WILLIAM CHRISTOL, of Douton, Tex.
J. TUCK SANDERSON, of Pierce City, Mo.
MRS. R. A. CLARK, Winchester, Tenn.
R. D. COMPTON, Nashville, Tenn.
MRS. HUDGENS, on her way from Alabama to Fort Worth, Tex. Her husband is reported dying at Humphrey, Ark.
A Man who is thus far unidentified. On his body was found a draft for $600, issued by the State national bank of Memphis in favor of JAMES MORGAN.
Besides these, FRANK NICHOLS, fireman on the freight train; A Two Months' old baby of H. A. PARKER; and MRS. ANN HENSON of Arkansas were killed and Three more Bodies were taken from the sleeper by divers this evening.
The following is a list of the injured pesons given out today by the railway officials:
R. S. MARKHAM, Greenville, Tex., slightly injured.
M. H. TURNER, Wolf City, Tex., slightly injured.
C. M. Swan, Kansas City, hand hurt.
J. C. B. RICHARDSON, Simpson, Tex., slightly injured.
W. A. DAVIS, Luckett, Tex., bruised.
A. E.. BROOKS, Cisco, Tex., seriously bruised.
M. T. DAVIS, Waco, Tex., badly bruised.
J. H. RUNNEL, telegraph operator, Texarkana, Tex., slightly injured.
MILES DONELSON (colored), Pine Bluff, Ark., slightly injured.
GEORGE HARRIS (colored), Pine Bluff, Ark., bruised.
W. F. McCABE, express messenger, slightly injured.
WILLIAM GRAHAM, Clarendon, Tex., slightly injured.
WILL RAY, Pullman conductor, hand hurt.
C. B. CRAWSON, Pine Bluff, Ark., badly bruised.
M. F. HAUSE, Pine Bluff, Ark., badly bruised.
P. B. FIELD, passenger conductor, Pine Bluff, Ark., badly cut about the head.
JAMES PETERSON, passenger engineer, bruised from jumping.
T. H. OSBORN, general manager car department, Pine Bluff, Ark., hand badly cut while breaking window to get out of car.
J. JONES (colored), porter, slightly injured.
H. M. HENSON, bridge foreman, badly injured.
MISS REID of Winchester, Tenn., is reported cut on cheeks and bruised on limbs.
Baggage marked PAUL DOBBINS, Jefferson, Tex., checked from Nashville is awaiting its owner. A hat marked with above name was found near the wreck.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1892-05-23

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WAS AN OVERSIGHT.

BUT IT COST EIGHT HUMAN LIVES ALL THE SAME.

A TRAIN WRECKED ON A TRESTLE.

TWENTY-TWO PERSONS SUFFER INJURIES -- BACKED OUT OF A FLOOD; INTO A FREIGHT.

Pine Bluff, Ark., May 23. -- One of the worst wrecks in the history of the Cotton Belt road occurred between 9 and 10 o'clock Friday night on a trestlework between Humphrey and Goldman, some twenty miles above here. The wreck was indirectly due to the flood occasioned by the overflow of the Arkansas River. Eight persons were killed outright and twenty-two injured. Those killed were:
MRS. ANDERSON, Amorilla, Tex.
J. MORGAN CRUMPTON, Nashville, Tenn.
MRS. HENSON, wife of bridge foreman.
MRS. R. P. HUDGINS and Son, Grape Vine, Tex.
J. NICHOLS, freight fireman.
Ranchman, Waco, Tex., name unknown.
Unknown Man.

A Long List Of Wounded.

The list of passengers reported injured is as follows:
S. E. BROOKS, Cisco, Tex., severe bruises about head and body.
NETTIE BROWNLOW, Brownsburg, Tex., teeth knocked out and head injured.
C. B. CRONSON, Pine Bluff, Ark., badly bruised.
H. S. DAVIS, Waco, Tex., shoulder hurt.
JANE DOBBINS, Jefferson, Tex., eye cut.
C. I. FRY, Florence, Ala., head cut, elbow dislocated and internally injured.
P. B. FIELDS, Pine Bluff, Ark., head badly cut.
M. F. HOUSE, Pine Bluff, Ark., badly bruised.
A. M. HENSON, member of bridge gang, head injured.
R. P. HUDGINS, Grape Vine, Tex., leg dislocated.
MARTHA JUDSON, Paducah, Ky., arm fractured.
G. H. JONES, colored, St. Louis, head and wrist cut.
H. M. JENKINS, Flat Ridge, Va., right side and back injured.
JAMES LAUGHTON, Jonesburg, Ga., leg dislocated.
H. D. MARKHAM, Greenville, Texas, chest hurt.
J. H. OSBORNE, Pine Bluff, Ark., arm injured.
ELLA REED, Winchester, Tenn., face badly cut.
H. SWANN, Tyler, Texas, bruised.
JAMES TAYLOR, Memphis, Tenn., chest slightly injured.
JOHN TURNER, engineer, back injured.
J. G. TAYLOR, Little Rock, Ark., shoulder hurt.
H. H. TURNER, Wolf City, Texas, badly bruised.

One of Those Fatal Oversights.
The south bound passenger train, bound for this place from St. Louis, had orders to turn back on account of the flood, and the conductor was also instructed to sidetrack at Humphrey to meet the freight. Through an oversight the train crew started to back the train to Golden, the next station. It had just reached Crooked Bayou when the freight came along at a high speed, down grade. The engineer did not see the passenger until it was too late and all he could do was to reverse and jump out in the mud and water. Two of the passenger coaches, including the sleeper, were thrown into the raging stream below.

Davenport Daily Leader Iowa 1892-05-23

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Octavia Anderson

She was killed in this Arkansas Train Accident. She was buried at home in POTATO CREEK CEMETERY, Grayson Cty Va. Her grave stone states that she was killed in an Arkansas Train Accident.