Train No. 17 Left the Tracks

On September 14, 1914, train No. 17, an Omaha freight that came into Ashton everyday around noon experienced quite a smash-up.  While traveling at a high rate of speed, about a dozen cars in the middle of the train left the track and piled up.  Three of the four cars were loaded with pig lead leaving the track and road bed tore up.  One of the cars was thrown in the air and caught the telegraph wires, breaking them.  The cars left the track near the north switch.  One car was entirely demolished and several others will not be of much use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Side Main Street, Ashton - 1914
12   Winchell Café & Beer Parlor
11   Shaw Store
10   Soup Kitchen, Ed Lusher
9   Printers Office
8   1899 Hingten (Jackley) Co.
7   Furniture C. Seivert
6   1886 - Gambling House
5   1913 Bank
4   Hat Shop
3   N. Klees Harness Shop
2   Lastrico Fruit Store
1   John Johannes Meat Market
Ashton, Ia in it's hay day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Side Main Street, Ashton - 1914
1   Carmichael Drug Store
2   Post Office (Gaster)
3   First National Bank
4   Geo. Bathan 1910 General Store (Kuel)
5   Barber Shop (Balzeli)
6   Print Shop?
7   Karpen Garage
8   Ashton Hardware Store
9   Jackley Building
10   Lichty Grocery
11   Helm Meat Market
12   Attorney
13   Elevator Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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