August 27 – Middletown 366

1911

Sixty Persons Hurt

Middletown, Conn., Aug. 27.–Sixty persons were injured tonight, eight of them seriously, when an express train on the Valley division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad was wrecked by spreading of the rails. The train runs Sundays to various resorts and returns at night. The train consisted of the engine, two baggage and eight passenger coaches. The engine was thrown on its side into a sand bank; the two baggage cars went down a 35-foot embankment and the first passenger coach ran into the tender of the engine and was badly splintered.

It was in this car that most of the injured were found. The engineer was caught in the cab of his engine and had to  be chopped out but escaped with a dislocated hip and bruises.

From the Chatham Record (Pittsboro, North Carolina), Wednesday, August 30, 1911.

1918

Cheering on the Boys

welcoming

On August 27, 1918, Middletown cheers their local soldiers who have returned from the war.

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