BRIAN FUL­TON’S DAY IN HIS­TORY: 100 YEARS AGO

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL -

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

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