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Railroads were once a major contributor to the development of Auburn, Pennsylvania. This technology was primarily responsible for the population growth, industrial growth and economic growth of Auburn, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, like many other instances of "new" technology, railroads were responsible for the injury or death of dozens of Auburn-area residents before significant safety-features were required and prior to the eventual demise of this once thriving industry.
Bartolet, Frank Lewis (04/15/1862 - 07/21/1913) - Frank L. Bartolet, son of Benjamin B. and Freda Wenrich Bartolet, was a married white male whose occupation is listed as a Farmer. According to his death certificate, his cause of death was that of a "railroad accident". (Death Certificate Info: Primary Registration District No. 49, Registration District No. 233, Registered No. 120(4 or 7 - unclear), File No. 70259) Frank is interred within the Auburn Public Cemetery located adjacent to Mill Street, Auburn, PA.
Berger, Frank - "Frank Berger of Auburn was run over...and had his legs broken in three places. Thirty (rail) cars passed over him. Dr. Schultz is attending him & from last accounts mortification had set in and it is thought the young man must die." - (Excerpt from an unidentified news article)
Brobst, Milton - "News Around Home - Auburn was very rudely shocked on Thursday evening at the sad and sudden death of one of its most respected citizens, Milton Brobst, who after finishing a hard days work on the wood tract near Stony Creek, started with his fellow workman, Lyman Zimmerman, to walk up to Auburn on the P. & R. R. R. They were walking along together, Mr. Zimmerman on the path side of the tracks, & Mr. Brobst on the sill-heads. A south-bound coal train on the opposite track, sufficient to drown the sound of the evening freight due in Auburn about 5:45, and which was traveling at the rate of about 25 miles an hour, when suddenly it struck Mr. Brobst, who was a little in the rear and to the side of Mr. Zimmerman, tossing him to the side and down over the bank, killing him instantly. The engineer felt the jar but had not noticed a man on the track, and immediately brought his train to a stop for he thought he saw an object go over the bank, and Mr. Zimmerman, who was scared by the sudden approach of the train in his rear, also looked around for his partner and saw his body tossed, aside and down over the bank. He rushed to his side but life was extinct, and the lifeless body was taken into the caboose and brought to Auburn, where the sad news was broken to his wife and two boys." - Pinegrove Herald, Pine Grove, PA Friday, December 11, 1908 Page 1.
Fahl, Joshua - "Joshua Fahl, of Auburn, Schuylkill County, PA., fell from a coal train while passing through Reading, PA, and was instantly killed." (The St. Landry Democrat Newspaper, Opelousas, La. - October 15, 1887).
Faust, James - (07/13/1860 - 06/28/1909) - The genealogical website findagrave.com lists James Faust's occupation as that of a railroad brakeman and his cause of death as having been run over by a train. James was interred within the Auburn Public Cemetery located adjacent to Mill Street, Auburn, PA.
Fitzpatrick, Thomas - A news article addressing a train accident states that the Shamokin express wrecked on the main line of the Philadelphia and Reading tracks at the Flat Rock dam, on the west bank of the Schuylkill river, three quarters of a mile north of the west Manayunk tunnel. The article states seven people were killed to include Thomas Fitzpatrick, Auburn, PA, engineer of the express train.. (Freeland Tribune, October 27, 1892)
Gay, John - "Killed at a crossing - Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Oct. 24 - George A. Luce and John Gay, of Auburn, Pa., while attempting to cross the Lehigh Valley railroad at Black Walnut, near Tunkhannock, this afternoon in a wagon, were struck by a west bound freight train. Luce and his horse were instantly killed, and Gay was fatally injured." (Unidentified newspaper clipping - NOTE: This may have incorrectly identified their hometown as Auburn, PA, indicative of Schuylkill County, when in fact it may have been one of the "Auburn-variants" such as Auburn Four Corners, South Auburn or West Auburn, PA.)
Hain, B. Frank - "Local Shorts - B. Frank Hain, living near Auburn, had his head cut off near the Philadelphia and Reading depot at Reading on Monday. He was engaged in coupling cars when an engineer of another shifting train threw a number of cars against those Hain was coupling. He was not prepared for this, and was knocked down, falling on the rails. The first wheel cut off his head, the second his left arm and the third rested on his shoulder." - Pinegrove Herald, Pinegrove, PA Friday December 8, 1882 Page 3.
Heck, John F. (03/13/1848 - 07/26/1877) - John F. Heck was the probable son of Abraham R. and Elizabeth Fisher Heck. He is believed to have been killed on the railroad. No further information is available at this time. John F. Heck is interred within the St. John's Cemetery located north of Pearson Street, Auburn, PA.
Herring, Amos (04/20/1858 - 02/14/1909) - "MAN'S LEG ON ENGINE PILOT - Gave Clue To the Killing of Amos Herring, of Auburn - The finding of a man's leg on the pilot of the engine of the Pennsy train leaving Pottsville at 5:45 o'clock last evening was the first knowledge the crew and of the evident fact that a man had been struck. The gruesome discovery was made as the train came to a stop at the station in Auburn. After a long search the body was found a considerable distance from the tracks, literally cut to pieces. Identification was difficult but it was finally found that the man was Amos Herring, aged about 50 years, a laborer in the employ of the Auburn Bolt and Nut Works. The unfortunate man is survived by his wife and six children. Herring had just completed a day's work and had started on his way home along the Pennsy tracks. He was in the act of crossing the railroad bridge a short distance below work when the train came thundering along, and being unable to get across in time was struck by the engine and killed." - (Excerpt from a news article from Pottsville, PA dated Monday, February 15, 1909.) Amos is interred within the Auburn Public Cemetery located adjacent to Mill Street, Auburn, PA.
Hoffman, William - "Auburn Angles - The body of Wm. Hoffman, son of Frank Hoffman, of Jefferson, aged about 22 years, was picked up by the crew of the Buffalo express, about one mile north of town, on Sunday morning and brought to Auburn, where it was taken to undertaker Christ's place. Mr. Hoffman was seen at Landingville at 9 o'clock on Saturday evening and it is supposed, that his intention was to walk to Auburn and while getting out of the way for a north bound coal train stepped directly in front of a south bound train. Mr. Hoffman had a large number of friends in town, who were greatly shocked upon hearing of his sudden death." - Pinegrove Herald, Pinegrove, PA Friday, June 14, 1901 Page 3. (Mr. Hoffman was employed by the H. S. Albright & Company shoe manufacturer located in Landingville, PA)
Huntzinger, Francis - "On Saturday forenoon, when the Harrisburg freight was returning to Auburn, and when passing Rockville, conductor, Francis Huntzinger, while leaning out of the car, was struck by a signal pole and thrown under the train. Several cars passed over him. Both legs were crushed below the knees, and he was internally injured. The passenger train that left Pinegrove at ten o'clock arrived there soon after the accident and took him to the Harrisburg hospital. Both limbs were amputated, and early on Sunday morning he died from the shock and loss of blood. The deceased has a family of six children residing in Auburn." - Pinegrove Herald, Pinegrove, PA Friday, May 31, 1895 Page 3.
Klock, Horace B. (07/26/1844 - 03/19/1874) - Horace B. Klock served as a Sergeant in Company F of the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from 02/19/1864 - 07/14/1865. He was 5'11" tall. He was employed by the railroad as a fireman. He was killed on the P. & R. railroad in Schuylkill Haven, cause uncertain.
Kramer, Franklin - "BOY KILLED UP THE ROAD - A boy (later identified by his father as Franklin Kramer) aged about 16, supposed to be from Schuylkill Haven (Conner's Crossing), jumped off the caboose of a south bound P. & R. coal train at Auburn Saturday evening. Just as he alighted, the up express, leaving Reading at 5:55 p.m., came along and struck the lad. The body was horribly mangled and up to 2 o'clock this morning had not been identified. The mangled remains were found by several persons who were walking along the track. The rear brakeman of the coal train did not know the boy was on the caboose, and it was some time after the accident before it was known." - Reading Eagle, Reading, PA Sunday, January 19, 1896 Page 1. (A later article in the same paper stated his family had formerly lived in Auburn and the boy was on his way to his former home when he met his death.)
Lamp, John - "BROTHERS INJURED ON RAILROAD - Accidents Prove Fatal to One Brother, Slight To Other. Within a short space of time, two brothers, early yesterday morning, received injuries on the P. & R. Railway at Palo Alto and both were taken to the Pottsville hospital, the first one's injuries proving fatal a few hours later. The first accident occurred to John Lamp, 23 years old, of Auburn, but who boarded in Pottsville on Mauch Chunk street. He was caught between the bumpers of cars being shifted and both legs were badly crushed below the knees. He was removed to the hospital where it was found that his condition was too critical for him to be operated on and he died about 11 a.m. He was unmarried. His body was removed to his home at Auburn. When the news of the accident was conveyed to his brother, Forest Lamp, who also was employed on the railroad, he fainted from the shock and fell backwards, badly spraining his ankle. He, too, was taken to the Pottsville hospital but his injuries are not serious." - (Excerpt of a news article but the source was not shown). A subsequent article from Pottsville, PA dated Monday, September 20, 1909 states that "Lamp's death was due to the negligence of William Linkhorst, flagman of engine 927, and conductor George R. Linn, of the same train."
Leonhard, Charles (06/15/1877 - 04/25/1916) - Charles Leonhard was the son of Richard and Amelia Leonhard and the (first) husband of Elvie P. Berger Leonhard Kilmer. He served as a Private in Company G of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Spanish American War. His cause of death is listed as having been struck by a train. Charles was 38 years old. Charles Leonhard is interred within the Auburn Church of God Cemetery located north of Pearson Street, Auburn, PA.
Luce, George A. - "Killed at a crossing - Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Oct. 24 - George A. Luce and John Gay, of Auburn, Pa., while attempting to cross the Lehigh Valley railroad at Black Walnut, near Tunkhannock, this afternoon in a wagon, were struck by a west bound freight train. Luce and his horse were instantly killed, and Gay was fatally injured." (Unidentified newspaper clipping - NOTE: This may have incorrectly identified their hometown as Auburn, PA, indicative of Schuylkill County, when in fact it may have been one of the "Auburn-variants" such as Auburn Four Corners, South Auburn or West Auburn, PA.)
Manhard, Joseph - "Joseph Manhard, who lived in South Manheim township, near Auburn, and a brakeman on the wood train on the S. & S. road, on last Thursday, at 1:15 P.M., as the train passed this place, he was struck by the bridge which crosses the cut and instantly killed. Deceased was born in Switzerland, and was 45 years of age." - Pinegrove Herald, Pinegrove, PA Friday, August 6, 1880.
Sowers, Jermiah (03/07/1869 - 01/28/1916) - Son of John and Esther "Hettie" Becker Sowers. Husband of Emma A. Folk Sowers. The genealogical website findagrave.com states that Jermiah died in transit to St. Timothy's Hospital after having been struck by a train near Conshohocken, PA. Jermiah is interred within the Auburn Public Cemetery located adjacent to Mill Street, Auburn, PA.
Welsh, Thomas J. - A news article addressing a train accident states that the Shamokin express wrecked on the main line of the Philadelphia and Reading tracks at the Flat Rock dam, on the west bank of the Schuylkill river, three quarters of a mile north of the west Manayunk tunnel. The article states seven people were killed to include Thomas J. Welsh, Auburn, PA, fireman of the express train.. (Freeland Tribune, October 27, 1892)