BRIAN FULTON’S DAY IN HISTORY: 100 YEARS AGO
Jan. 14, 1919 11 die in Scranton Flyer crash
The Scranton Flyer of the New Jersey Central Railroad collided with the Doylestown local train near the Fort Washington station. Eleven people died in the crash and numerous passengers were injured.
According to authorities, the Scranton Flyer missed a signal and drove head-on into the rear passenger car of the Doylestown local.
The Flyer’s locomotive went through the entire length of the coach. What remained of the coach then caught fire.
Charles Godfrey of Scranton and Mrs. John Mcaloon of West Scranton were aboard the Scranton Flyer when the collision occurred. Godfrey and Mcaloon directed first-aid efforts at the crash site until physicians and ambulances arrived.
Godfrey, a member of the hospital corps aboard the USS Finland, said that the need for bandages was great and that women were asked to tear their underskirts to make bandages for the injured.
Palmer to be named attorney general
A. Mitchell Palmer of Stroudsburg was expected to be named United States attorney general by President Woodrow Wilson, according to an article in the New York World.
If nominated, Palmer, who served as the alien property custodian, would succeed Attorney General Thomas Walt Gregory.
Palmer was an early supporter of Wilson. When Secretary of War Lindley Garrison resigned in 1916, Wilson offered the position to Palmer but Palmer passed on the appointment because of being a Quaker. Prior to that offer, Palmer was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Pennsylvania 26th District.
BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Timestribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bful[email protected]rock.com or 570348-9140.
A. Mitchell Palmer