Ottumwa tri-weekly courier, May 28, 1910
Mrs. ANN QUINLAN AND MRS KATE DOUD VICTIMS
OF "Q SWITCH ENGINE WHILE WAITING TO CROSS IOWA AVENUE. ELDER
WOMAN KILLED INSTANTLY, WHILE COMPANION HAD ARM AND LIMB SEVERED
DYING TWO HOURS LATER.
Stricken down by a Burlington switch engine
while waiting to cross the tracks at Iowa avenue crossing last night
about 9:30, two residents of the east end paid toll to the grim
reaper with their lives and two families with countless friends,
mourn today. Mrs. Ann Quinlan, almost 73 years of age, and Mrs.
Katherine Doud, about 50 years old, met a tragic death beneath the
wheels of the south side switch engine No. 1438, of the Burlington,
In charge of Engineer P. Hahn and Foreman C. I. Robinson. Death was
instantaneous in the case of the elder woman, while the latter
lingered for two hours until death relieved her sufferings. She died
at the hospital about 11:30. This completed a death toll of five
persons since Tuesday in East Ottumwa. The tragic accident of John
Seely Tuesday noon in an elevator at the Morrell plant and that of
the two men, J. Cloverdale and Frank Rhodes yesterday.
Lived Two Hours
No little excitement was caused by the
accident last night, and immediately following the first news of the
occurrence, numerous persons in the vicinity were on hand to render
what assistance was needed. A hurried ambulance call brought Mrs.
Doud to the hospital, where already there were gathered physicians
to lend aid to the stricken woman.
Way Was Blocked.
The story of the accident gleaned from the
stricken famines is 10 the effect that Mrs. Quinlan had left her
home at 209 South Iowa avenue, within sight of the spot where she
met her death, about 7 o'clock, and went to the home of Mrs. Doud to
spend the evening. Leaving about 7 o'clock for her home, she was
accompanied by Mrs. Doud, whose thought was to see the elder woman
safely across the several tracks that are known as the Iowa Avenue
crossing. About the time the two women arrived at the crossing, a
freight train had just pulled in from the west and blockaded the
crossing, causing the women to wait until the train was cut in two.
The location of the tracks at that point left one south yard
straight track parallel with the one on which was the freight train,
and leading from the track on which they stood, a switch leading to
the packing plant is located. It was near this switch that the two
women were standing. Their attention being centered on the train
that blocked their way, they failed to note the approach of the
south side switch engine, which was working on the track on which
they stood. Both women were struck by the oncoming engine and
dragged some distance. Mrs. Quinlan was killed instantly, while Mrs.
Doud had the left arm and left leg severed, the latter at the hip.
tri-weekly courier, February 28, 1911
AGED MAN FALLS VICTIM OF TRAIN ANDREW
STEFFEN FOUND BADLY MANGLED ON BURLINGTON TRACKS The horribly
mangled remains of Andrew Steffen, who with his wife reside in the
small office like building on the corner of Iowa avenue and Main
Street, was found near the May street overhead crossing of the
Burlington this morning about 7.45 o'clock. The train that caused
his death is not known, except that it was either No.
10, the fast coast limited, or the "peavine"
freight, eastbound, as the body was picked up on the South, or east
No One Saw Accident.
The accident seems enshrouded in a little
mystery, as no one seems to have witnessed the tragic death, and the
fact that Mr. Steffen, who is an aged man and employed at the
packing house, had no visible reason for being near May street at
the time he his met his death. Residing on Iowa avenue and Main
Street, he had to cross over the railroad at Iowa avenue, which is
fully three blocks distant to the west of the place his body was
found cut in two. The fact that his body was still warm when found,
coupled with his having to be at work at 7 o'clock, would lend a
possibility of his having been struck at Iowa avenue while crossing
over the tracks to his work, and being carried to May street before
actually beneath the merciless wheels of the train. Little credence
is given this theory, although no solution is available to his being
found dead so far from his path to work at the packing house. He was
employed in the foreign shipping room under Alex Brown.