Wellington, WA Avalanche and Train Wreck, Mar 1910

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RESCUERS TRAIL BLOOD OF VICTIMS

Melting Snow Reveals Red Stains of Bodies Mangled by Avalanche at Wellington - Foreign Laborers Caught Looting Bodies of Victims - Number of Dead May Reach 100.

WELLINGTON, Wash., March, 4.--Thirty-one of the thirty-five bodies of avalanche victims recovered have been identified among them being BERT MATTHEWS of Cincinnati and F. W. TOPING of Ashland, Ohio, whose bodies were found this afternoon.

A fearful storm is raging here to-night, and snow is falling and is being whirled into drifts by a furious wind. The change in the weather will make the trail from Scenic difficult and will hamper the men who have been digging for bodies.

The snow plows working on both sides of Wellington made good progress today. A rotary on the west side is four and a half miles from Wellington, between Korea and Alvin. On the east side of the Cascades another rotary is near Gaynor, eight miles from Wellington.

The tunnel being open, there is a good prospect that the line to the east will be opened first, in which case the dead and injured will be taken to Spokane.

WELLINGTON, Wash., March, 4.--A list of passengers, trainmen and postal employes who were carried down by the avalanche that destroyed two Great Northern train Tuesday morning and who are dead or missing, contains 86 names. Statements of the number of laborers engaged in fighting the snow and who were sleeping on the ill-fated trains varies from 20 to 30. Consequently, and estimate of 100 dead seems conservative. No one who has looked at the wreckage has the slightest hope of finding any of the missing people alive. The explorations have uncovered only dead and some of these shockingly mangled.

At day a stream of men with packs strapped to their backs wound up the mountain path from Skykomish to Scenic and Wellington reminding Alaskans of the caravans that crossed the Chilcoot trail in the Klondike days. Ten men carried food and supplies for the injured and some went up to dig for the bodies of friends or relatives. A few were sight-seers, and these were told that they were not wanted.

A laborer was caught taking trinkets from a dead woman's body and was compelled to start down the trail at once.

One hundred and fifty men dug for bodies in the avalanche debris to-day.

If the searchers locate the Pullman cars intact in the snow they may take out many bodies in a short time, but it is likely that the dead are strewn all through acres of debris. At the present rate of progress it would require weeks to recover all the bodies. After the track is open engines and tackle will lift the huge trees and boulders.

There are no coffins at Wellington, and the dead, wrapped in blankets, lie on the snow, well preserved. Supt. O'Neill of the Great Northern today said he expected the railroad to be in operation about April 1.

Trace Blood Stains in Snow.

Workers searching for bodies frequently find victims by following blood stains through the snow. The melting snow has carried the stains from the mangled bodies down to the stream at the bottom of the gulch. Men with shovels upon finding one of these crimson leads, start at the edge of the stream and tunnel through the snow until they come to the body of the victim. The snow is packed like cement and the bodies that were not mangled by the wreckage of the cars were horribly crushed by the weight of the icy mass.

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Wellington

All- it seems as though family members of people involved have visited this site...I am writing a book on Wellington and would love to include photographs of any of the people involved- the workers, crew members, anyone have a photo of William and Susan Bailets?, etc...ANY new photographs would be appreciated : ) The book is a tribute to all of the people that dealt with it- I would be honored to include them and any other stories you can share that may have been passed down.
THANKS!!!
Deborah Cuyle
debcuyle@yahoo.com
Snohomish, WA

Wellington book

Hello! I just finished your father in laws book and much enjoyed it. : )
I am working on a book about Wellington and would LOVE to include as many photographs of the people involved in this incident- the workers, survivors, those injured/killed as well as people who were involved in other ways. The book will be not only informative but also a tribute to all involved. Do you have any photographs at all that you can share from his collection? It would be greatly appreciated!
Respectfully,
Deborah Cuyle, Author
Snohomish, WA
debcuyle@yahoo.com

photo of your Grandpa?

I am working on a book about Wellington and would LOVE to include as many photographs of the people involved in this incident- the workers, survivors, those injured/killed as well as people who were involved in other ways. The book will be not only informative but also a tribute to all involved. Do you have any photographs at all that you can share? It would be greatly appreciated! One of your Grandpa would be awesome!
Respectfully,
Deborah Cuyle, Author
Snohomish, WA
debcuyle@yahoo.com

photo of your great grandpa?

Dear EH-
I am working on a book about Wellington and would LOVE to include as many photographs of the people involved in this incident- the workers, survivors, those injured/killed as well as people who were involved in other ways. The book will be not only informative but also a tribute to all involved. Do you have any photographs at all that you can share? It would be greatly appreciated!
Respectfully,
Deborah Cuyle, Author
Snohomish, WA

your Great Grandfather

Hello- I am working on a book about Wellington and would love to have any pictures of the victims & survivors. Do you have any photographs of your great-grandfather that I can share? It is so hard to find any old photographs and the GNRR records are were destroyed in the 1970's.
Thanks!
Deb Cuyle
debcuyle@yahoo.com

A poet Remembering

CASCADING MOMENTS

Under the peak of the Windy Mountain
Above the Tye Creek, many years ago
Westward bound on this north track
Two traveling trains dissolved in the snow

Stopped by the onset of blizzard
All communications were lost
The snow then turned into rain
Soon becoming a holocaust

Heavy thunder shook the mountain
White death roared down the mountainside
Exploding the terrain as it moved
A giant swath miles wide

This mighty force, nature fed
Picked up the cars like they were toys
Flinging them into the ravine just below
One thousand feet then covered with snow

Ninety-six people died that day
Soon one hundred years ago
Today a new train rides the rail
We stopped, then prayed, when hearing the whistle
While climbing the now Iron Goat Trail

Joanne Kenzy
March 10, 2017

Train disaster-1910

My great-grandfather was a brakeman on the Great Northern and was aboard the same train. He survived this disaster. I don't know if you're familiar with the website Find-A-Grave, but here's a link to a page at that site, which has info about your great-grandfather. Hope it's useful.

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Chisholm&GSfn=Ale...

Train disaster-1910

My Grandfather, Alex Chisholm, was killed in this accident. He was a miner living in Rossland, B.C. and came back and forth to the United States. The only information I have been able to find on him is that he is buried in the Catholic Cemetary in Rossland but the cemetary has not been taken care of so it is impossible to find the grave site.

In honor of my Father in law, Don Moody.

My father in law wrote a book on this tragedy. He passed last year. http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Worst-Train-Disaster-Moody/dp/1892298120 There is no money in this for us... He made practically nothing on this book either, due to publisher issues. But never the less he left a legacy for his grandchildren and family.

renamed Tye, Wa. Abandoned

renamed Tye, Wa. Abandoned by 1930.