Philadelphia, PA Run Down By Train, May 1887

TWO REPORTERS KILLED.

RUN DOWN BY A TRAIN WHILE WALKING ON THE TRACK.

Philadelphia, May 22. -- The two men killed at the Germantown junction this evening prove to be J. RAY SHEPPARD, of the Philadelphia Recorder, aged twenty-six years, and ELEAZER J. ISAACS,
of the Philadelphia Press. They were visiting the State Fair-ground reporting a picnic given by a clothing firm of this city to the school children. They left the ground with WM. BLYNN, a Times reporter, and started for the train. They were walking diagonally across the track, the train coming towards them. The train was the Washington express, and was due at the junction at 5:40. BLYNN reached the platform in safety, and saw the train coming around the curve. He shouted to his companions, and they started to run. ISAACS tripped over a rail, and SHEPPARD,
who was close behind, tripped over the prostrate form of his companion. Before they could rise the train struck them, killing both instantly. Their bodies were dragged one hundred yards, portions being scattered along the way. The bodies were brought to the city, and later removed to their respective homes.

Daily Gazette Xenia Ohio 1887-05-23