Dresden, OH Train Wreck, Dec 1912
HENRY BALBIAN of Cleveland was found on top of the engine boiler and the others were thrown in all directions.
Just before he died, MAX HARRIS, of Lodi, a traveling salesman, asked if he had any chance for life, and when told there was no hope, told his attendants to notify his sweetheart, Julia Rodman of Paola, Kan., to whom he was engaged.
HARRIS and BARTLES, who died within an hour of each other in a hospital were chums and both wore Sigma Chi fraternity pins.
The engine of the C. & M. V. train which plowed entirely through the coach, split it entirely in two, and a remarkable fact is that the engine held to the rails, while the sides of the coach dropped to each side of the track.
The groans of the injured could be heard for a considerable distance. All of them were conscious and were suffering terribly.
HENRY BALBIAN was one of the best known woolen mill men in the country. He had been located at Cleveland for many years but for the last eight years was manager of the Dresden branch of the Cleveland woolen mills.
MRS. EMERSON was found with her head jammed through a window and both her children were found dead beside her.
The two trains are supposed to travel ten miles apart in the seventeen miles between Trinway and Zanesville, but passengers of the fast train state it left the Trinway depot just three minutes after the first one.
Superintendent Paul Jones of this city made the following statement last night:
"The investigation has not been completed. The accident was caused by west-bound Zanesville division passenger train No. 34 colliding with the rear end of Pennsylvania passenger No. 125 the train from Cleveland, about two and a half miles south of Dresden. Train No. 125 was stopped by one of the air pipes breaking in the coach and automatically applying the airbreaks. The flagman was immediately sent back to flag the train following, but did not have time to get far enough back."
The body of the unidentified man has not yet been claimed. A letter on his body contains the names of F. M. SEARS and O. N. RITTENHOUSE, and the letter seems to have been written to the American Agricultural Chemical Company of Cleveland. In it the writer mentions that he will be in a law suit next Saturday, his first case. The letter was scarcely legible, being covered with blood and grime. The body of the man was literally cooked to pieces by the escaping steam.
Newark Advocate Ohio 1912-12-04