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 Post subject: Re: Metairie before 1900
New postPosted: June 15th, 2012, 3:48 pm 
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See http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/findaid/0702.pdf for a note about:

"Illinois Central Railroad Company.
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train wreck caused death of fireman and head expressman, and resulted in discharge of old conductors. June 24."

Sounds like the wreck. Having the exact date should help.

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 Post subject: Re: Metairie before 1900
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Check out the June 27, 1891 report at http://phw02.newsbank.com/cache/ean/ful ... 893_17.pdf

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I have been driving myself nuts trying to find where the wreck occurred. Apparently I was wrong (above). The best I can come up with now is in Hermann Deutsch's 1931 book The incredible yanqui: the career of Lee Christmas.

Deutsch says the accident took place in "Sarpy" (which I assume is New Sarpy). A witness (quoted in the book) said Christmas was supposed to stop in Kenner to let another train pass but failed to do so and plowed into it "near LaPlace" (according to the witness). Deutsch says it was in "Sarpy" (very near LaPlace). See http://books.google.com/books?id=7eNAAA ... rch_anchor

The book is in the JP library.

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This is driving me crazy too. I spent last night searching newsbank archives using the word collision since wreck and accident weren't returning many results. I bought the book for my Mom, and although I haven't read it yet, she was under the impression the wreck was near us. My great grandfather lost his job in a train accident as Lee Christmas did, hence his migration to South America to work with him. He unfortunately died in S. America shortly after my grandfather was born. We have been trying to find his accident as well. We have been able to find passenger lists from booked passage on the United Fruit Company ships, but not much else. I am finding I need to search using words more popular in the late 1800's to get good results. Regardless, the whole Lee Christmas story is a fascinating one.


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I found the T-P article. See http://phw02.newsbank.com/cache/ean/ful ... 26_307.pdf

The article ran on December 1, 1891.

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