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Darrell Brooks (#46880460)
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Bio Photo I am retired from Kansas Farm Bureau and live in Manhattan, KS. I grew up in Blue Rapids, KS., which is about 45 miles north of Manhattan. I belong to the Blue Rapids Historical Society as well as the Marshall County Historical Society. My Marshall County roots go back to 1858 when my Great Great Grandparents settled on the Blue River. I have recently completed research on the Civil War Vets buried at Fairmont Cemetery in Blue Rapids and Prospect Hill Cemetery just north of Blue Rapids. I will be happy to help anyone out on researching graves associated with these cemeteries.
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Earl Hoffman
RE: Mary Finley
Leonard Finley died at Reynolds, Nebraska. Will add to this note a newspaper article about the accident.

Wymore Arbor State
29 may 1908
Engineer Leonard Finley Loses His Life and Engineer Dan O’Donnel Still in a Critical Condition
The news of the head end collision of freight train No. 65 west and passenger train No. 14 east on last Sunday morning at Reynolds, about 40 miles west of this point in which a number were maimed and injured, was quite a shock and created no little excitement as both trains were manned by men residing in Wymore. It was some time before definite information could be ascertained, but it was finally learned that no one had been killed but that both engineers were badly hurt and probably fatally.
A wrecking train was immediately made up here and proceeded to the scene of disaster, bearing the company physician and other physicians of the city. About 10:30 in the forenoon the passenger train, or that which was left on the tracks, was brought to this city bearing the injured. They were, Leonard Finley, passenger engineer, badly scalded and otherwise injured from which he died about 2:30 in the afternoon. Daniel O’Donnel, engineer freight, skull fractured and other injuries. He is still lying very low, though it is thought he may recover. John Hill, fireman on passenger, ankle broken. The baggage man also received slight injuries.
Both the engineers were among the oldest employees on the road and were highly esteemed by the citizens of Wymore and all those who knew them. Mr. Finley’s funeral occurred on Tuesday morning at the Episcopal church, the services being conducted by the pastor, and the remains taken to Blue Rapids, Ka., accompanied by the pastor, the pall bearers and a large company of immediate friends where they were laid to rest in the family burying ground. The deceased was forty-six years of age, a native of Illinois, and leaves a wife and three children. His father, two brothers and two sisters were here to attend the funeral from Illinois.
The wreck occurred at a sharp curve just west of Reynolds and it is reported as the result of a mistake in time by the engineer of the freight train. The story is that in looking at his watch the first time he thought he had time to make Williams, the first town west of Reynolds, and had started for that point. But the second glance showed that the passenger was due in Reynolds in a few minutes. He then proceeded back onto the siding and sent a flagman to flag the approaching passenger rain. But it is said the flagman signaled from the left hand side of the passenger train and was not seen by the passenger fireman who happened to be firing his engine at that time. There was therefore no warning to the passenger crew until the collision came, striking the freight train head on while it was backing on to the siding.
Both engines were badly damaged the baggage car and two coaches were reduced to kindling wood and three freight cars were demolished. The baggage man was only slightly injured and a young boy was the only passenger to receive more than a severe shaking up.
The wrecked trains were brought through Wymore about 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday evening and taken on up the road. The two engines were badly smashed up as were also freight cars and one passenger coach.
Added by Earl Hoffman on Feb 26, 2015 3:01 PM
RE: Phyllis Fitzgerald edits
If you ever would like to manage the memorial, let me know. Thanks!
Added by GeekyGraveGirl on Feb 25, 2015 5:54 AM
Phyllis Fitzgerald edits
Thanks for the edits. Are you related or did you know this person? I am not, and do not, and noticed you were from the same area. Be happy to transfer, if you'd like.
Added by GeekyGraveGirl on Feb 22, 2015 2:33 PM
Dorothy Alley Abbott
Albert Carlson
Thanking you very much for the transfer. Happy Easter
Added by Dorothy Alley Abbott on Feb 21, 2015 5:32 PM
RE: Vida Wilson
I'd like that, Darrell. Also her husband, George, if that would be alright?
Added by Lova on Jan 30, 2015 5:25 AM
Vida Edith Wilson Memorial # 107048271
Darrell, would you please link her to her parents?

Father is; William Fincham, Jr. (1871-1951) Memorial # 100302356

Mother is; Edith Talbot Fincham (1871-1949) Memorial # 100303300

Vida is the only one not linked to her parents. Thank you so much.
Added by Lova on Jan 29, 2015 3:58 PM
Mary Layden
RE: Frank Lafayette Turner
Thank you so much for maintaining the Turner Memorials and allowing me to manage them. You have done a great job.
Mary layden
Added by Mary Layden on Jan 28, 2015 12:01 PM
Mike Kokoruda
RE: Marvin Allen Goodman

There is a Terri Sager making inquirers about this same memorial. She also would like to do research for memorials in Greenwood in the evening. Library is the only place I know of.
Do they have any evening hours. Frankfort does one evening a week not sure about BR. I'll will leave her message on my board for a few days if you would like to contact her.
Added by Mike Kokoruda on Jan 15, 2015 6:53 PM
RE: O. Gager
Thank you so much Mr Brooks! I very much appreciate your help with this. You can give my email, it is another question I have is do you know where the original Irving cemetery is located?
Added by Jeremiah on Jan 09, 2015 9:42 PM
Terri Sager
Irving cemeteries.
Darrell, do you know anything about the original Irving cemeteries? I read there were two, but haven't found anything about them.
Added by Terri Sager on Jan 07, 2015 9:20 PM
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