Monday, April 07, 2014

Miss Jennie Searcy.

From Monroe County, Missouri.

On Monday, December 6, 1875, Miss Jennie Searcy was run over and killed by the cars. We copy from the Appeal: 

Stoutsville was the scene of a most distressing and heart-rending accident on last Monday morning. Miss Jennie Searcy, a young lady of 16, and a boy by the name of Elliott were going from Elliottsville to Stoutsville, and were walking upon the railroad track about a mile and a half from Stoutsville, when engine No. 35 came along and over took them ; the engineer, Mr. Donald, invited them to get on and ride to the station, which they did.  He stopped for them to get off and they alighted and started to cross the railroad track immediately behind the engine, thinking it was going to move on.

At the same instant, the engineer reversed the engine and started back, knocking down the young lady, who uttered one scream, and the wheels of the engine passed over her body leaving it a mangled, mutilated, lifeless corpse. The engine also struck the boy but he managed to escape unhurt. The girl was a daughter of Mrs. Searcy, a widow who resides in Elliottsville, and was much esteemed by all who knew her. No blame was attached to the engineer, as they (the girl and boy) were so near the engine when attempting to cross that he could not see them.

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