Wellington, WA Avalanche and Train Wreck, Mar 1910

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It is feared that many of the bodies will never be recovered. The warm weather and rains of the last three days have turned the little mountain stream that flows through the canyon into a raging torrent and the water is fast undermining the snow which was carried far out across the bottom of the gorge. It is believed that many bodies were carried clear across the gulch and hurled under forty feet of snow. As the stream rises and the water undermines the debris there is danger of the bodies dropping into the river and being carried away by the swift current.

The rain which has been falling for three days turned into snow tonight and a fearful blizzard is raging. The addition of new snow to the covering that lies eighteen feet deep on the mountainsides increases the danger of more slides, and adds to the peril of the rescuers who are laboring night and day at the task of removing the bodies of the dead.

Owing to trouble with foreign laborers who attempted to loot the bodies, Supt. O'Neill has sent all of them from the camp and is employing only American workmen.

IDENTIFIED DEAD

WELLINGTON, Wash., March 4.--Following is a list of the dead whose bodies have been recovered and identified:
RICHARD M. BARNHART, Spokane.
ED. BENNINGTON, fireman.
R. H. BETHEL, Seattle.
ED. CAMPBELL, conductor.
JOE CARROLL, engineer.
ALEX CHISHOLM, Roosland, B. C.
SOL COHEN, Everett.
MRS. M. A. COVINGTON, Olympia.
THELMA DAVIS, 3 year old, Seattle.
WM. DORETY, brakeman.
A. R. DUPY, brakeman.
S. C. ELTINGE, Seattle.
DAN C. GILMAN, fireman.
CHAS. JENISON, brakeman.
J. KELLY, brakeman.
EDGAR LEMMAN, Hunters, Wash.
MRS. ADA LEMMAN, his wife.
ED. LINDSEY, conductor.
A. G. MAHLER, Seattle.
JAMES McNEBY, Seattle.
BERT MATHEWS, Cincinnati.
MISS KATHERINE O'REILLY, Spokane.
T. L. OSBORNE, engineer.
J. PARRYBOK, conductor.
J. L. PETTIT, conductor.
MISS NELLIE SHARP, Spokane.
FRANCIS and LILLIAN STARRETT, brother and sister, children, Chemainus, B.C.
A. S. TROMLER, brakeman.
E. W. TOPPING, Ashland, O.
A. R. VIALLY, Trinidad, Wash.
Four bodies are unidentified.

Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1910-03-04

Comments

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.