The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, August 2, 1880
A distressing and fatal accident happened Thursday noon on the M.T. & N, four miles south of Albia. The engine of the construction train had been up to town for water and was running back when it ran into a wagon belonging to MR. CHAS. HICKENLOOPER and occupied by his son, JOHN, aged about twelve years, and his adopted daughter, EFFIE HAWK, aged about eight years. When the tender struck the wagon, JOHN was thrown clear off the track and only slightly bruised on the head and back; but poour little EFFIE dropped down and was run over by the engine. She had both feet smashed off, one of them almost to the knee, her left shoulder smashed and her skull badly fractured at the back of her head. The engineer ran his engine back to town and took Dr. Lambert out to the scene of the accident. Little EFFIE was still conscious when he arrived there; but it was evident that her injuries were fatal. Whether anyone was to blame for the accident we do not know. The children were on their way to the cheese factory with milk and the horses were running, away before they got to the track. JOHN says he did not know what caused them to start. There is a high hedge on the side of the lane in the direction from which the engine was approaching and he did not see the engine until it struck the wagon. The engineer saw the team running but too late to stop the engine. He says he was ringing the bell as he approached the road and it may be that the horses saw or heard the engine, and became frightened at it and started to run. They got across the track and were unhurt, but the wagon was smashed to pieces.