Childs Station, PA Train Wreck, Feb 1913


Both Burton and Snyder Will be Laid to Rest in the Dickerson Run Union Cemetery.

The victims of yesterday’s freight wreck on the Pittsburg & Lake Erie railroad, Conductor Ernest C. Burton and Brakeman Alva A. Snyder, will be buried tomorrow in the Dickerson Run Union Cemetery. Burton’s funeral will be held in the morning at 11 o’clock and Snyder’s in the afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. H. A. Baum of Dawson and the Rev. Ralph Bell of Vanderbilt will officiate at both ceremonies.

Conductor Burton was about 40 years and single, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Burton.

Alva Snyder, better known as Jack, was the son of Mrs. Mary Snyder. He was 42 years old and single. In addition to his mother he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Fred Emery of East Liberty, G. W. Snyder of Kentucky, Misses Margaret, Minnie and Maude Snyder, at home, Mrs. M. M. Stantz of Scottdale, Mrs. Z. T. Silvis of Greensburg, Mrs. E. N. DeWalt of Uniontown, Mrs. William Bradman of Uniontown and Frank Snyder of East Liberty. He was a member of Company D and served in the Philippines, having been wounded at the battle of Malate.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 12 Feb 1913

DICKERSON RUN, Feb. 12—Mrs. Harry Snyder was at the Cottage State hospital, Connellsville, yesterday, visiting her husband Harry Snyder, who was injured in the wreck at Childs on the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Tuesday morning.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 13 Feb 1913


Coroner’s Jury Holds Him Responsible for Deaths of Two Men.

The Coroner’s jury which today conducted an inquest into the deaths of Alva A. Snyder and Ernest A. Burton, Pittsburg & Lake Erie railroaders killed in a wreck near Layton a few weeks ago, held that Engineer Charles S. Griffin of Newell was responsible. Griffin is charged with negligence in the finding of the jurors.

Coroner H. J. Bell conducted the inquest this morning at Dawson. The jury was composed of A. J. Cochran, R. K. Smith, R. H. Wright, G. W. Strickler, Frank Bute and W. J. Ellis.

Griffin was the engineer of the locomotive which ran into the caboose of Burton’s train.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 28 Feb 1913