Paragraph #2: "Robert Martin, 83 years old, and employed as a laborer at Garfield Park race track, was stabbed in the head ..."
Paragraph #5: "Fred Fihlicht and Cornelius Kearns, aged 13 and 9 ... were drowned..."
• Frail, elderly Nathan Cobb suffering from dementia, wandered onto the Chicago Northwestern tracks [see part 1].
• The unfortunate Willis Wheeler, who came to town and, as a "colored man," was asked "to move on"-- he got scared and "accidentally" ran into a grip-car. [The other peoples' race wasn't mentioned in their stories. Was race an important part of why Wheeler's accident happened?]
• Nicholas Rickard was killed driving his buggy across the train tracks and was struck by a train and killed instantly. [Rickard seems to have misjudged how fast the train was coming.]
As a reminder of why so many people were easily injured in the 1890s by the trains and grip-cars, take a look at the corner of Lake and Marion in 1907. The train tracks are right down the middle of the street. Can you better understand why Nathan Cobb, Willis Wheeler and Nicholas Rickard all died on 24 June 1892?
|1907 photo thanks to Oak Park River Forest Historical Society|
Lake Street and Marion, Oak Park IL
Today there is an elevated train on Lake Street. These tracks weren't elevated at all in 1892!
© Erica Dakin Voolich, 2012
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