Friday, August 1, 2014

100 years ago today: Fatal accident

On August 1, 1914 the inbound Northwestern traction car hit the East End fire wagon at Woodlawn and Pike St. (NW corner), turning the wagon over and throwing the firefighters. Wm. Otis Stephens was on the wagon along with John Hurley, East End chief, who was injured. Fireman H. Clarence Williams was killed.

You can see the same spot, almost 100 years later, in Google Street View (the corner was mapped in 2013). The house in the background has been modified somewhat, but it is the same house shown in the photograph. The interurban ran along East Pike Street on its way to and from Lebanon.

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