Train Wreck 1873. Engineer killed buried in Orono Cemetery.
COMMENT: The accident
actually happened on September 1, 1869. During a trial run over the brand-new Black
Island Railroad Bridge, the flooring timbers gave way, sending the engine tender and
two cars into the Stillwater River and killing the conductor (Winchell
Woodard/Woodward of Patten). Supposedly his remains were taken to his home town, but
there is no record of his burial there or anywhere else. The engineer (Edwin Lander
of Bangor) died of his injuries the next day and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Initially, two others were reported to be missing and at least one to be severely
injured, but no names were reported at the time --- other than that they were "French
laborers belonging in Oldtown". The next day, the missing men were reported to have
run away from the scene and to be alive and well. See Bangor Daily Whig and Currier,
1869/09/02, p.3 and 1869/09/03, p.3. On September 7, the Bangor Daily Whig and
Courier also reported on a photo of the "late unfortunate disaster" taken immediately
after the accident by Old Town photographer M. L. Averill. Probably the image
presented here is a scan or photo of Averill's photograph. No original copies of the
photo are known to exist.