Train Accident (continued)
When I left off, at the last blog posting, David Watt had been urged to jump from his train engine after a train on the Soo Line failed to stop at the crossing intersecting the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic line. David's train was hit by the other engine and David was badly injured. He was pinned in the overturned engine and his face and head were burned by steam and live coals from the firebox of the train. David's son, Burton, reported that his dad lay there about 20 minutes until the fireman realized that David must still be in the engine. An unknown salesman soaked his coat in water, put it over his head, and went into the engine and got David out, saving his life. The family was never able to identify the man who saved David's life. David recovered from his injuries, but lost his left ear due to the accident.
Onlookers at the scene of the accident at Trout Lake Station, Trout Lake, Chippewa, Michigan Derrick attempting to right one of the locomotives. The Locomotives David Watt sometime after the accident showing the loss of the left ear. David Watt worked for the DSS&A railroad for 52 years; retiring in 1932, at the age of 74. David Watt applied for a passport in 1920. He was going to Scotland to visit relatives. David's passport provides me with a lot of information. It has his birth date and place, father's name, emigration date and place, residence from 1882-1920, occupation, signature, picture, and physical description. 1930 U.S. Federal Census David and Katherine Watt can be found in the United States Federal Census. They are living in Marquette, Marquette, Michigan in 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Census.
When researching at the J.M Longyear Research Library in Marquette, Michigan I found this. The only information I have is what is on the picture. What is 'Members of Div. 94 at Hiawatha Beach'? They were guests of Brother A. Danielson at his camp. David was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, could they be from this organization? I will have to do more research to find out.
David Watt died 21 March 1945 in Marquette, Marquette, Michigan from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 86 years old.
David Watt is buried in the Watt Family Lot in Park Cemetery, Marquette, Marquette, Michigan.
I never knew my great grandfather, David Watt. My father remembers visiting him as a child, they would travel from the Detroit area to the upper penisula every summer. This was before the Mackinac Bridge was built. I will have to write about that in the future.