Sept 28, 1906 Shakopee Tribune Headline: Wreck At New Prague Five passengers were killed and about 20 injured, some perhaps fatally in a wreck of a southbound M&St.L. passenger train at New Prague., Monday morning. The passenger train crashed into a freight engine which ran onto the main line on the time of the passenger that was momentarily expected to arrive. Both engines were demolished and the smoking car, in which most of the fatalities occurred, was telescoped by the baggage car ahead. Three Twin City traveling men well known locally were among the killed as were young Fran Wrabeck of New Prague and A. Kilmeyer, fireman on the freight engine. Herman Boehmer of this city was among the passengers and sustained a dislocated shoulder besides severe injuries about the head and at the time of writing is reported to be partially paralyzed though his recovery is expected. He will be brought home either today or tomorrow. New Prague citizens rendered every aid to the ill-fated passengers and many rescues from the wreck are direct results of heroic efforts on the part of the residents. Coroner Hirscher went up yesterday to hold an inquest and will probably be absent several days. Blame for the accident is attached by the superintendent to the freight crew for running on the main track at a time when the passenger was due and no possible excuse can mitigate the seriousness of the offense or the deplorable results of their carelessness in so doing.
Nov 29, 1906 Chaska Valley Herald A bad railroad wreck happened in this city at 7 o'clock, Monday evening, when a freight on the M&St.L., backed into the Milwaukee freight engine and tender on the crossing opposite the M&St.L. depot, entirely demolishing the engine, tipping over the coal car and demolishing several box cars, besides doing considerable damage to the M&St.L. depot. A Milwaukee freight was on the crossing and the St. Louis freight was on the main line and in a manner unknown to us backed down the track, the rear end or the caboose hitting the engine squarely and toppling it over, part of it striking the depot. The caboose was rammed, but fortunately no one occupied the same at the time. The engineer and fireman on the freight jumped in time to save themselves. It was a sorry looking spectacle, a mass of debris, but the best of the matter is that no one was killed or injured. A wrecking train was sent up over the M&St.L. the same evening and worked all night finally clearing the tracks so that the trains could run thru again. The St. Louis sent out its passengers Monday evening over the Omaha as far as Merriam and the Milwaukee was forced to hold over Monday evenings mixed train until Tuesday noon. However everything is running along in good shape now.
Nov 30, 1906 Scott Co. Argus The H&D train did not pass through here Tuesday until after noon because of a collision at Chaska Monday in which several cars were wrecked and the station pretty badly damaged. An H&D engine ran into a M&St.L. freight. Both roads were blocked for a time.
Dec 27, 1906 Chaska Valley Herald This community was shocked Monday afternoon to learn of the accidental death of Clifford Willcoxen of this city who was at work for the M&St.L. on the switch train in the sugar factory yards. The young man died shortly after being caught between the cars.
Jan 3, 1907 Chaska Valley Herald Another railroad accident happened last Monday, although this time it was not a collision and there was no smash up, although two men were injured one very badly. It happened Monday morning that Samuel Yetke and Charles Reinhart of Philadelphia, sugar boiler at the refinery, were walking along the M&St.L. tracks when on the bridge opposite Klein's brick yard a freight came along down grade and the men not noticing it until too late to get off the bridge, steeped to the side, expecting that the train could pass without touching them but the snow shovel on the engine grazed them enough to hurl them from the bridge with the result that Mr. Reinhart was seriously injured and Mr. Yetke slightly scratched. At first it was thought that Mr. Reinhart was was not seriously hurt, but after being taken home it developed that he had received internal injuries and shortly grew worse and has been in precarious condition ever since. At this writing, Thursday morning, we learned that he was no better and it is very likely that if no change for the better is noticed within a few days he will die. Mr. Yetke is almost recovered and not much worse for the experience.
Mar 5, 1908 Chaska Valley Herald Albert Bechtel, aged 15, the victim of the cars. Accidentally killed while unloading lumber at the M&St.L. depot.
Sept 18, 1908 Scott Co. Argus (E.P. Col) Our station agent Mr. Bradley and wife will return to their former home at St. Louis Park and a new operator will be sent here to replace Mr. Bradley, whom we are sorry to lose.
Feb 12, 1909 Shakopee Tribune The train service on the Misery & Short Life breeze has been so punk the last week that one of our business men decided to go to the cities on foot and started out Friday morning via the Swift Line's tracks arriving in Mpls. about noon, 30 minutes ahead of time. The good natured gentleman decided not to walk back and boarded a passenger leaving the city 8:40 p.m. but alas the train had only run 5 miles when it was put out of commission by a big snow drift. this was very discouraging but was again compelled to walk, but not having had time to eat the day he made his way to a farm house but was coldly refused. it was now a case of starvation but to give up would be a foolish thing to do and started out again arriving here Saturday afternoon nearly exhausted.- Weekly Valley Herald
Apr 15, 1909 Chaska Valley Herald Chaska wants a new M&St.L. depot. (Big article)
May 28, 1909 Scott Co. Argus Carver lost its Milwaukee depot by fire Wednesday, a half hour after the morning passenger train passed through. The personal effects of the agent and his family together with the express and freight were burned and the building was totally destroyed, estimated loss $2,000. No one know how the fire started.
Oct 22, 1909 Scott Co. Argus A bad smash up of two M&St.L. freight trains took place at Carver station last week Tuesday. The local train while unloading freight was run into by an extra carrying the wrecking car bound for New Richland and set fire to the depot. An engine, one caboose and five bow cars were demolished in the crash. The town fire alarm brought help and the depot was saved, but the M&St.L.'s loss aggregates $100,000. No persons were injured and no lives lost.
Nov 19, 1909 Scott Co. Argus A head on collision of two freight trains at E xcelsior damaged one of the engines badly and tied up traffic on the road for several hours. No one was injured. Another wreck on the M&St.L. road at Carver tumbled three box cars into a ditch near the river where they still remain. In a freight wreck near Montgomery, Dan Krause, an engineer, stuck to his post and sustained injuries to his leg which made amputation of the limb necessary.
Mar 24, 1910 Chaska Valley Herald Emma Patzke wins $15,000 judgment from M&St.L. R.R. M&St.L. appeals the case.
Dec 8, 1910 Chaska Valley Herald M&St.L. to build a new depot at Chaska.
Jan 12, 1911 Chaska Valley Herald Emma Patzke has won her suit against the M&St.L. R.R. Co., the State Supreme court affirming the verdict of the jury awarding her damages for personal injuries to the amount of $15,000. It will be remembered that she was injured, crippled for life you might say, while alighting from a passenger train at Merriam Jct. The case was tried in the district court here, the first jury awarding her $7,500. The second trial resulted in a verdict in her favor of $12,000 and at the third trial the jury increased the damages sustained to $15,000. The case was appealed to the Supreme court with the above results.
June 9, 1911 Scott Co. Argus An Omaha freight on the M&St.L. road crashed thru a burned bridge 2 miles out of Merriam Jct. early yesterday morning, derailing the engine and seriously injuring the engineer W.H. Hartl of St. Paul, who jumped. J.A. Anderson, the fireman, stayed with his engine and escaped with a badly sprained shoulder. Dr. P.M. Fischer, who was called to attend the injured men reached the wreck within 15 minutes after the message was received, Henry Reis taking him up in double time with his auto. Traffic over the road was suspended and the M&St.L. trains were sent into the cities via the Northwestern.
June 15, 1911 Chaska Valley Herald An Omaha freight on the M&St.L. had a narrow escape from complete destruction early last Thursday morning. The north bound Omaha freight had left Merriam Jct. at 3 o'clock Thursday morning, when upon nearing the Gas Lake bridge, about a mile south of Carver, the engineer and fireman noticed the structure on fire and barely had time to jump for their lives when the engine and coal car toppled down the burnt structure. Both men were injured, but we learn not seriously and are now doing nicely. Wrecking crews were sent out at once and it took until Saturday before the engine and tender could be brought to the main tracks. The engine and the tender were badly damaged, but were sent to the car shops for repairs and railroad men tell us both will be ready for service within a month. It is surmised the bridge was struck by lighting a short time previous and when the train reached there about twenty feet had burned away. Owing to the rain and the fog the engineer and fireman could not see the flames until too close to avoid the catastrophe.
Sept 28, 1911 Chaska Valley Herald Mrs. Catherine Eder, an old resident of this city, aged about 65 years, met her death early Tuesday morning while on her way to the canning factory where she was to work. The aged lady had reached the crossing opposite the factory when she was hit by the northbound passenger on the M&St.L.
Oct 12, 1911 Chaska Valley Herald M&St.L. R.R. Co. buys the Iowa Central. Part of Article Heavy Rain Cause Damage: The M&St.L. also suffered some inconvenience, although they lost no rolling stock. The No. 6, the through passenger, passed through this city on time Thursday evening , but the No. 4 coming along about an hour later had a hard time of it and finally had to pull back into Mpls. When the train reached the cuts near Riley's lake, the engineer and brakeman, who were watching the tracks closely on account of the terrific rains noticed that the tracks were covered sand and water had washed down the side of the cut and thought that an attempt to pull through would probably result in disaster. After backing toward Hopkins efforts were made to get into communication with the train dispatcher and it was along about five in the morning when the passenger and passengers reached Mpls. Several from this city and Carver were on the train and had to make the best of an entire night spent between Riley's lake and Mpls., a distance of about 16 miles. The morning trains of Friday were held off and it was not until in the afternoon that a freight was sent out over the road and the passenger service again resumed that evening. The same evening the M&St.L. sent her passenger trains over the Milwaukee to Shakopee from here as there had been some washouts between Carver and Merriam, but the regular run was resumed Saturday morning. It was the first time in years that traffic was blocked in this part of the country through washouts and we hope it is the last one for years to come.
July 5, 1912 Shakopee Tribune An M&St.L. passenger train was derailed, last week, while crossing a bridge at Waterville. Besides tearing the track to pieces, it also swayed the bridge more than a foot out of plumb. However for some reason or other, it escaped being plunged to the ground, 45 feet below and it came to a stop without injuring anyone.
Aug 30, 1912 Shakopee Tribune A wreck occurred on the M&St.L., on Wednesday, at Eden Prairie. Seven box cars were thrown into the ditch, while five more were derailed. The M&St.L. passenger trains passed through here on Wednesday, but the wreck was cleared very soon and the trains resumed their regular route yesterday.
Oct 4, 1912 Shakopee Tribune Peter Wagner, a highly respected citizen of Jordan, met with an untimely death last Saturday, when the hand-car on which he was riding, was struck by an "Extra" freight train of the M&St.L. R.R.
Oct 12, 1912 Chaska Valley Herald An Omaha freight on the M&St.L. crashed into a Milwaukee freight at the depot crossing in this city about 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with the result that the engine at the head of the Omaha freight was badly demolished and one freight car of the Milwaukee train was put out of commission. The wrecking outfit was sent out from Mpls. at once and worked until 1 o'clock Wednesday morning before the tracks were clear of debris. (Goes on to tell which trains run on which track, Ect.)
Nov 28, 1912 Chaska Valley Herald We understand that the M&St.L. has had another wreck. Two big freight trains tried the old stunt of trying to pass each other on the same track at Carver, Tuesday evening, with the result that there was a fair sized smashup and a still further diminishing of the already limited rolling stock of this bogus railroad. We are told that the weather beaten and time honored ark that is used for a station also got a few bumps , but like the cat o'nine lives still flutters in the breeze. If the wreck had only gone a bit further and completely wiped off this eyesore all would be forgiven and Carver would have a right to feel jubilant.
Dec 6, 1912 Scott Co. Argus In a collision of two freight trains at Carver the depot sustained about $15 damages while if it had amounted to $25 it is said the loss would be total.
Dec 6, 1912 Shakopee Tribune A fierce head on collision on the M&St.L. occurred at Carver depot last Tuesday evening about 6:30. No one was injured only the depot was totally demolished.
Jan 31, 1913 Shakopee Tribune Freight train No. 7 on the St. Louis road crashed into the stock train No. 20 at Merriam on Wednesday morning at 2:30 o'clock. Fortunately no one was injured. Several head of cattle and a number of hogs were killed. The wrecking train from St. Paul arrived on the scene about 6 o'clock and the main line was cleared after 3 hours hard work.
Apr 25, 1913 Shakopee Tribune The M&St.L. depot at Norwood burned to the ground last Tuesday afternoon. Just how the fire started is not known, but most likely from the sparks from a passing locomotive.
Aug 1, 1913 Scott Co. Argus Passengers on a fast train to Chicago had a narrow escape when an accident in the engine blew the engineer and fireman into the coalbox and steam became so thick in the cab they were unable to return. The train kept gaining speed and when going at 75 miles per hour at Hopkins the engineer crawled into the cab and shut the throttle with his foot. Luckily all signals were set for safe passage thru the village yard and the tracks were clear.
Aug 29, 1913 Scott Co. Argus The fact that Mudcura Sanitarium is rapidly
becoming noted throughout this and surrounding states as a famous health
resort was again demonstrated last week when officials of the M&St.L.
R.R. decided to establish a new station near the sanitarium, which will be
called Mudcura. The location is just to the right of the point where the
road, which leads to Excelsior, crosses the tracks and it is the intention
of the railroad officials to erect a suitable depot at that point in the
very near future. In deciding to take into consideration the future of
Mudcura and the fact that the officials deemed it wise to establish the
new station is a prognostication of the success which is bound to be
attained by Mudcura as a famous health resort and the resulting prestige
for Shakopee as the home of "Minnesota's Original and Greatest
Sulphur Springs." The time table for the present is as follows.
Train N0. 2 leaves Mpls. daily (except Sunday) 8:25 a.m.; arrives Mudcura 9:04 a.m.;
Train No. 6 leaves Mpls. daily 7:50 p.m. arrives Mudcura 8:28 p.m.;
Train No. 7 (from south) arrives; Mudcura 8:10 a.m.; and reaches Mpls. at 8:50.