Chicago, IL Elevated Railroad Accident, Jun 1892

The first fatality on the South Side Elevated road occurred at 8 o'clock yesterday morning at the Thirty-fifth Street Station. Percy Barker, 35 years old, and employed as a fireman on engine No. 4, was standing on the foot-board of his engine engaged in cleaning the machinery when the engine was backed up catching Barker between the boiler and platform, crushing him to death. Both his arms were broken, his skull crushed and his chest and back were also crushed. Barker's body was removed to the county morgue. He lived at No. 310 State street.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 21 Jun 1892


Claimed His Brother's Body.

Attorney Frank Barker, of Clinton, Iowa, yesterday visited the morgue and claimed the body of Leroy Barker, the fireman on the "L" road who was killed Sunday. He said Leroy was his brother. A jury was sworn in and viewed the remains, but the inquest was postponed until tomorrow because no witnesses were present. Mr. Barker was given permission to remove the remains, and last night started for Clinton with them.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 21 Jun 1892