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BALDWIN, Charles W. 1834-1897


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 1/25/2013 at 02:10:58

[Waterloo Daily Courier, Friday, January 15, 1897]

Chas. W. Baldwin, one of the oldest and best known engineers on the Illinois Central railroad, died at his home, 617 Lime Street in the city at 12:30 o'clock this morning, after being confined to his bed but a few days.

Mr. Baldwin was born in 1834. When the Illinois Central established its division at Waterloo 26 years ago he came here and took charge of a train as engineer, and has been with the road in that capacity ever since. Ten years ago he met with an accident which resulted in a fracture of one of his legs and laid him up for some time.

The first symptom of the trouble which resulted in his death made its appearance about one year ago. It was an obstruction of the intestines. He had had an operation performed and had recovered from the trouble so that he felt safe in returning to work.

But the trouble returned in intensified form while he was on his engine, Wednesday night, coming east from Fort Dodge. At Ackley his suffering became so great that he felt compelled to give the engine over to the charge of engineer Roby.

Arriving in the city Mr. Baldwin was immediately taken to his home and everything possible was done to relieve his sufferings. He lingered through the day yesterday and last night, until 12:30, when death came.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

He leaves his wife, and two daugthers at home and his mother, and a sister in Des Moines. The sister, Miss Nettie Baldwin, arrived in Waterloo today.

The funeral arrangements are not completed, as the family is waiting to hear from relatives in Chicago. It will be conducted by Rev. Getchell at the Universalist church.

Mr. Baldwin was probably as well, if not more widely known, than any engineer on the Central, and his death has causes universal expressions of sorrow and regret in Waterloo today.

His wife was Caroline Elizabeth Vorce Baldwin 1835 - 1906
Daughters: Mrs. George Haines, Chicago, and Mrs. Hattie Magness, Waterloo.


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