Waterford Boys Killed
St. Thomas, Jan. 15. -- Ed.
Cunningham and George Tavenver [sic], sectionmen, both of Waterford,
were killed instantly, and several other men were badly injured when
a large Russell snowplow clearing the tracks of the Michigan Central
Railway on the St. Clair branch, east of Alvinston, at 4.50 this
afternoon went all to pieces, buckled up and fell over on its side,
with the three engines crowding upon it from behind.
A train which had been
stalled in the drift since Saturday had been released and the eight
foot drift was being cleared, when the accident occurred -- the
snowplow riding upon the drift and then toppling over.
The sectionman who were
killed and injured were riding inside the plow, and the work of
rescuing them was very difficult. When the injured men were taken
out they were pleased on a special train and brought to St. Thomas
for treatment, reaching here about 11 o'clock.
Two other men were severely
injured: George Stickles of Waterford has a fractured kneecap, and
H. E. Polson [sic], brakeman of St. Thomas, has a cut on the
head. Both are in hospital here. J. E. Johnson the division engineer
and Roadmaster Wagner, for of St. Thomas, were slightly injured.
The body of Tavender was
brought here, and that of Cunningham is held at Alvinston for the
(Ed. Cunningham is a son of
John Cunningham of this place, and is not not yet 15 years old. Fred
Tavender is a brother of Mrs. Cunningham. George Stickles is a son
of Wm. Stickles. H. E. Poulson [sic] married Miss Jean Holmes
of this place a frew months ago.)