The Handbook gives only the year of 1902 for the wreck, but you might look for a Brewster Co, TX history book.Check the GenWeb site for the county, see if there is any mention, if not, post a query and ask if anyone has a copy and would they check for any information on a train wreck in 1902.You need at least the month, and hopefully the day of the wreck, so you can look for an obituary.
Also, the Handbook gives some info on the highest bridge across the Pecos, built in 1892.I think we must have driven past the later one, as we headed east out of Langtry.
Using search engine http://www.google.comhttp://www.google.com - I typed in Union Pacific railroad museum, first item says Union Pacific, so I clicked on it, beautiful picture for thewebsite.Down at the bottom I typed in museum and clicked on search.Find and click on about the third item, Durham Western Museum....,it is located in the former headquarters of the UP.On that page there is an email address.I would see if they know anything about the first bridge built across the Pecos River.If not, maybe they could suggest where to try next.
Also, using google, type in Trail of Tears, lots of sites with info on that event 1838-1839.And, about the Eastern Cherokees who stayed in NC, too.
Combined info from TX Dth Idx Online 1964-1998 and SSDI:
Florence Myrtle Whitehead, b 19 Nov 1886; d 18 Mar 1981 Bexar Co, TX; last residence Rosanky, Bastrop Co, TX; SS card issued in TX.
If her death certificate does not give correct information on her parents, she filled out her application for a Soc Sec card, and it will have when and where she was born, and names of her parents, too.
Do you know when and where John Whitehead died?
Look for John & Florence on the 1920 census, then work backward on them.Yes, I know most of the 1890 was destroyed.Not all censuses are online, yet.Find out where researchers in your area go to do federal census research on microfilmed records.