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Here are newspaper clippings and photographs showing the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific wreck located two miles east of Smith Center, Kansas.  The wreck occurred when the Rock Island passenger train No. 7, the Rocky Mountain Limited, was derailed, resulting in three cars being burned and passengers and employees being slightly injured.  It was reported the accident was due to excessive speed over a defective piece of track. The train was traveling about 35 miles an hour when the accident occurred.  The locomotive left the rails and landed in a field.  The cars were dragged with the locomotive, and the large tender was wrenched and twisted. One of the mail cars collided with the tender and the wrecked cars immediately caught on fire and quickly burned.  A mail clerk was quite badly wounded and four others were slightly injured.  Ray Wiggins, engineer, and Will Doleman, fireman, were in charge of the engine and retained their places on the locomotive during the accident.  Wiggins sustained slight injuries by being thrown from his seat.  The fireman Will Doleman is credited with rendering assistance to the injured and extinguishing the fire.


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Donation helps digitize stories of Native Americans

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Oct 3, 2013

Thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Steve Peckel, in memory of author William Chalfant, over 100 additional photographs and four additional manuscript collections relating to Native Americans have been digitized and are now available on Kansas Memory. The Alex E. Case collection includes recollections of Cheyenne Indian raids in Marion County in 1868. The Allen M. Coville collection contains encounters with Kansa chief, White Plume. The Percival Greene Lowe collection describes negotiations with Pawnee tribal leaders. A series of Governor Samuel Crawford correspondence includes documents from men requesting commissions to join and recruit others for a battalion to protect settlers from Indian attacks. 


William Y. Chalfant (1928-2011) was a lifelong resident of Hutchinson, Kansas. His literary works include Without Quarter: The Wichita Expedition and the Fight on Crooked Creek; Cheyennes at Dark Water Creek: The Last Fight of the Red River War; Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers: The 1857 Expedition and the Battle of Solomon's Fork; and Hancock's War: Conflict on the Southern Plains.

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