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Ingomar, Montana Train Wreck

June 23, 1938


Ingomar, June 23. – (AP) – A head-on collision between the “Olympian” pride of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad, and a C.C.C. train killed a C.C.C. youth and injured 13 other persons a mile west of Ingomar today.

The dead C.C.C. enrollee was identified as ROBERT ECKERT of Portageville, N.Y., a worker in the C.C.C. mess car. Another C.C.C. boy, Edward Kohlbrenner of Buffalo, N.Y. was seriously injured. Railroad officials said the collision occurred when the west-bound Olympian ran through orders to meet the east-bound C.C.C. train in Ingomar.

Both locomotives were badly damaged. The Olympian’s coaches were rerailed [sic] and the C.C.C. train went down an embankment.

The injured included four trainmen and nine passengers, one of whom besides Kohlbrenner, was reportedly seriously hurt.

On Way East
The C.C.C. train was on its way to Camp Dix, N.J. from Fort Wright, Spokane.
N.A. Meyer, superintendent of transportation, announced the injured list, including all slight:

Mrs. Margaret Brewer, Madison, Wis., neck.
Mrs. Frank Warren, Tacoma, neck.
Mrs. Mary J. Ryan, 86, Seattle, head.
Loretta Martin, Harlowtown, Mont., hand.
Gardine Hanson [Hansen], Yankton, S.D., eye.
Mrs. O.O. Rutledge, Payallup, Wash., back.
L.C. Turner, Berkeley, Calif., head.
Ruth B. McCoy, 44, New York, ankle.
Sonya Ginsber, Chicago, neck.
A.P. Dermott [Austin P. McDermott], St. Paul, express messenger, shoulder.
F. Sloan [Freeman Slone], Berkeley, Calif., porter, back.
Mrs. Lawrence Winestock [Caroline A. Weinstock], Des Moines, Iowa, shock.

The Helena Independent, Helena, MT 25 Jun 1938

Transcribed by Jenni Lanham.  Thank you, Jenni!

Austin P. McDermott is listed in the 1930 census for St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN. He was 39, lived on South Hamline Avenue, St. Paul with his wife Sybil and two daughters Shirley and Jean, and infant son, Thomas. He worked as an express messenger.

Freeman Slone is listed in the 1930 census for Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA.  He was 33, negro, lived with his wife Addie, and worked as a porter on the railroad.


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