Runaway Car

Life was not always easy for the station agent, or for railroad customers, as we see in the June 15, 1900 edition of the Standard:

A car loaded with farming implements on a side track got loose and ran wild down the track more than a mile Monday morning. The implements were for C. E. Painter. He and Agent Dodds were moving the car down the track a short distance to facilitate unloading the implements when the brake chain broke and despite their best efforts to stop the car it gained speed and ran out on the main track. Mr. Painter sustained a fall from the car and Mr. Dodds was badly wrenched by attempting to put a fence post in front of the wheels. The car stopped on the up grade beyond the bridge and was pushed up by the afternoon freight.