Friday, September 15, 2006

Train Wreck Question


A distant relative, Charles P. Smith, allegedly died by drowning as a result of a train wreck in 1906. In 1900, he was living at St. Maries Idaho. In 1910, his widow was living at White Bird, Idaho.

Do you know of any train wrecks in Idaho or the surrounding states in 1906 in which one or more victims drowned? If so, could you please supply the dates and locations?

—Emily Moore


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you obtain a copy of his death certificate, it will give the date, place and cause of death. You can then obtain a copy of a newspaper near the accident scene that most likely will give details of the wreck. Good Luck! G J Graves, NewCastle, Cal.

10/03/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Thanks for taking the time to send advice. However, he died in 1906 and Idaho did not start keeping death records at the state level until 1911. There might be a county death register in 1906, but one would have to know the county of death, which is the information I am trying to find out. I am not even sure the train wreck was in Idaho.

Thanks for your concern and suggestions, though.


10/04/2006 5:10 PM  

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