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Annual Report for the Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad Company, 1880

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Annual report for Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad, 1880

Number of Persons injured & killed

December 20th 1879. 11.30 A.M.

            George Washington (colored) occupation
unknown, stepped off from Water Tank Ladder on to track in
front of work train Engine, was struck by same, thrown down
and one of his legs run over. accident occurred at Simms Bayou
Bridge.

November 2nd 1879. 12.40 P.M.

            Malcolm McNair Brakeman on extra
train Freight South while in act of uncoupling cars in front
of Engine had his foot caught under pilot of Engine, bruising
foot and ankle severely. Accident occured [sic] at Galveston

January 27th 1880. P.M.

            Jno Becker neither passenger or employee
was discovered by Conductor of Train No. 9 laying along side of
track with both legs badly mangled. He is supposed to have
tried to board the train while in motion. Accident occurred
between the 44th & 45th mile post.

January 27th 1880. 1.30 P.M.

            Geo Stuart (colored) Brakeman
on extra Freight train was killed by falling from and being run
over by car while switching out cars from train at Clear Creek.

April 7th. 1880. Night

            James Milton was found on ground
underneath Buffalo Bayou Bridge Houston with his neck broken.
It is supposed that in attempting to cross the Bridge during
the night he missed his footing and fell through the Bridge
Coroner’s Jury rendered verdict attaching no blame to
Rail Road Company

May 2nd 1990. 5.10 P.M.

            Homer Fritz neither employee or
Passenger in attempting to board train No. 6 while in
Motion was thrown down and slightly injured[.] [A]ccident
occurred between the Union & Central Depots Houston

May 28th 1880

            Conductor of train No. 4 found the bodies
of two colored men lying along side of the track one mile
north of Summit Station. It is supposed that they were
either stealing a ride and fell off or else attempted
to board some one of the night trains and were thrown
under & run over.

April 26th 1880 7 P.M.

            Harry Hearne switchman while

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Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad Annual Report, 1880. Records relating to railroads, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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