Hazards of Railroad Work

The July 21, 1899 Skidmore Standard reported difficult news received by Mrs. A. P. Dumm:

Milt Dumm Mashed Between Two Freight Cars

Mrs. A. P. Dumm received a telegram from St. Joseph, Tuesday, stating that her son, Milton, had fallen under a train and was badly mashed.  The St. Joseph Daily News contained the following account of the accident:

“Wile making a coupling near the Sugar Lake station, on the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs line between St. Joseph and Kansas City, last night, (Tuesday) Milton Dumm, a freight brakeman, was crushed between two cars.  He was brought to this city later in the night and was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, where he was cared for by Dr. Ferguson, of the voluntary relief department.

Dumm’s left leg and side were badly bruised and crushed.  At the general office of the Burlington it was said today that the young man was badly hurt, but that there is a good chance for recovery.  The victim of the accident lives at 1920 South Tenth street.  Dumm’s foot slipped as he was in the act of making the coupling and he was thrown between the bumpers.  He was taken to the hospital in the police ambulance.”

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