My grandmother (Mary Mollie Weathers) often told of a story about how one of her sisters (Lula Weathers Loe) was killed by a train while trying to save her two sons. Here is the actual newspaper story taken from the Columbus Commercial Dispatch.
Thursday, March 26, 1914
Southern Train No. 12 Kills Two
Mrs. Lula Lowe (sic) and little son die under locomotive's wheels.
Steens is scene of terrible accident - Two lives lost - One badly injured
In a heroic effort to save her two children, Mrs Lula Lowe and an eighteen months old son, Cunwood, were run over and crushed to death by a Southern train about four o'clock Monday afternoon near their home at Steens. Birdel, the six year old son of Mrs. Lowe, who was with his little brother on the railroad tracks at the time was knocked down and received painful, though not serious injuries. Train No. 12 in charge of conductor R.D. Taylor and engineer Amzi Cheatham due to arrive at Steens at 3 o'clock, was more than an hour late. Mrs. Lowe, who lived near the tracks, heard the approaching train and knowing her children to be in danger, rushed to them. She was just a moment too late, and in an effort to snatch the baby from under the wheels of the locomotive, both she and the infant were mangled to death. The older child saw the oncoming engine and jumped from the track, and in making his escape received painful injuries. Mrs. Lowe was a devoted wife, a painstaking and loving mother and her courage and heroism will be a living monument to her loved ones and frinds. The remains of the unfortunate woman and her baby were carried to Liberty cemetery, about 5 miles east of Steens, for internment, the funeral having occurred there at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.