Delavan, WI Railroad Accident, Sep 1860


The following list of the wounded at the railroad catastrophe at Delevan on the 14th inst., and the verdict of the coroner's jury in the case, is copied from the Delevan Journal: --

Badly Wounded:
MR. G. L. BAKER, boarding at the Exchange Hotel -- produce purchaser for eastern market -- supposed to be fatally injured; taken to the house of DR. HARRIS.
A son of JOHN MERRILL, State Line, back badly hurt.
JOHN SCHUYLER TOPPING, Darien -- leg broken.
WM. ZUILL, Johnstown -- badly hurt internally.
STICKLES, a deaf mute -- ankle broken.
GEO. PIERCE, brakeman.
MRS. ALBERT, of Darien.
MARY ANN SHANNON, Delavan, niece of MRS. SEAMAN.

Not Severely Wounded:
WM. KITELY, Sharon.
MRS. DR. GASTON, Delavan.
CAPT. R. N. WEED, Delavan.
HENRY HUNT, Delavan.
A MR. SMITH, of Clinton.
Z. G. McCOY, deaf mute teacher, Delavan.
H. M. ROLFE, Delavan.

The Verdict.
An inquisition taken at Delavan, county of Walworth, in the state of Wisconsin, on the 15th day of September, 1860, before NEWTON McGRAW, one of the justices of the peace in said county, upon the view of the body of MRS. SARAH DAVIS, GEORGE CATLIN, GEORGE STUPFELL, GEORGE BAKER, and MARGARET SEAMAN, there dead, by the jurors whose names are herunto subscirbed, who being duly sworn to enquire, on behalf of the people of this state, when, in what manner, and by what means the said MRS. SARAH DAVIS, GEORGE CATLIN, GEORGE STUPFELL, GEO. GAKER, and MARGARET SEAMAN came to their death, upon their oaths do say: That the said deceased, and each of them, came to their death on the evening of the 14th of September, 1860, while in the cars of the passenger train at rest at the depot in the village of Delavan, by being run into by a train of freight cars coming from the east. That said collision and the death of said deceased, and each of them, was caused through the gross negligence of T. J. COPELLE, the conductor of the passenger train; and through the gross negligence of W. H. EASTMAN, the conductor, and A. L. OWEN, the engineer of the train of the freight cars; and through gross negligence and want of efficiency of R. D. KETCHINGMAN, the brakeman on the passenger train.
In testimony whereof, the said justice of the peace, and the jurors of this inquest, have hereunto set their hands, the day and year aforesaid.

W. C. ALLEN, Foreman.
NEWTON McGRAW, Justice of the Peace.

Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1860-09-21

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