Bonnettes Mill, MO Train Wreck, Mar 1897

Killed In A Wreck

St. Louis, March 5 --- One man was killed and his body cremated, another fatally burned and a third badly injured in a wreck which occurred at Bonnette's Mill, 100 miles west of St. Louis, on the Missouri Pacific railroad, at 7 o'clock tonight.

W. W. ROSENBERGER, mail clerk, of Bloomington, Ills., was cremated.
EDWARD LUSMAN, fireman, of St Louis, was pinned under the tender body crushed and cooked from the waist down; will die.
FRANK LAUBER, engineer, of St. Louis, ribs broken and head hurt; will reecover.

The wrecked train was No. 4, eastbound. Following the engine was a mail car, baggage car, four coaches and three sleepers. Near Bonnette's Mill the train was running forty miles an hour down grade, when Engineer Lauber saw, apparently, the whole hilside [sic] 200 yards ahead, slide on to the track. He threw on the air and reversed and attempted to jump. The engine, tender and mail and baggage cars telescoped. Fireman LUSMAN was caught beneath the tender, but the engineer was thrown high in the air and broke his ribs by falling on the wrecked cars. The rest of the train was jarred off the track but not a passenger was hurt or even badly shaken.

Daily Enquirer Utah 1897-03-06