Postscript To the Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885 - Settlement of the Widow's Lawsuit Against the Railroad
Although I long suspected that lawsuits followed, I never have found evidence of such suits. Recently, however, while performing unrelated research in local newspapers, I ran across a brief reference indicating that, indeed, the widow of the deceased train fireman, Eugene Blake, filed a lawsuit against the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company following the accident. About fourteen months later, in February, 1887, a local newspaper reported that the widow of fireman Blake settled her lawsuit against the railroad in exchange for a payment of $4,000. The brief report stated as follows:
"--The N.Y.N.H. & R.R. Co. have settled a suit began [sic] against them by Mrs. Blake, the widow of Fireman Eugene Blake, who was killed in the accident at Pelhamville, in December, 1885. They paid her $4,000."
Source: LOCAL INTELLIGENCE, New Rochelle Pioneer, Feb. 12, 1887, p. 3, col. 1.
I have written extensively about this tragic Pelhamville train wreck. For some of the many examples, see:
Mon., Sep. 24, 2007: The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Tue., Sep. 25, 2007: More About the Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Wed., Sep. 26, 2007: The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885 Continued . . .
Thu., Sep. 27, 2007: Findings of the Coroner's Inquest That Followed the Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Fri., Dec. 21, 2007: 1886 Poem Representing Fictionalized Account of the Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Wed., Jan. 9, 2008: The Aftermath of the Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Thu., Apr. 02, 2009: Biographical Data and Photo of the Engineer of the Train that Wrecked in Pelhamville on December 27, 1885.
Fri., Jul. 15, 2011: Another Newspaper Account of The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885.
Mon., Feb. 17, 2014: Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885: Another Account Published with a Diagram of the Aftermath of the Crash.
Bell, Blake A., The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885: "One of the Most Novel in the Records of Railroad Disasters, 80(1) The Westchester Historian, pp. 36-43 (2004).