The Way it Was

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

100 years ago

Railway collision at Armour, Mo.

ATCHINSON, Kan. -- Missouri Pacific trains No. 102, northbound, 109 southbound met a head on collision at Armour, Mo., six miles east of here at 8 o'clock yesterday morning. The air on No. 102 refused to work and the train instead of waiting on 109 to take siding, ran into it.

All the injured passengers were taken to the Missouri Pacific hospital in Kansas City. Governor W. Folk was a passenger on No. 102, but was uninjured. He was on his way to Stewartsville, Mo.

50 years ago

Terry Welsch stricken with polio in St. Louis

Terry Michael Welsch, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester E. Welsch, is in the isolation ward at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis with an illness diagnosed as polio.

The Welsch family had gone to St. Louis Saturday, to visit their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fain, and Terry became ill on Monday and entered the hospital. He was placed in the isolation ward as a polio suspect and yesterday a stiffness of his back had developed, confirming the polio diagnosis.

A coincidence in the case is the fact that six years ago two other members of the Welsch family also had attacks of polio. Barbara was the first victim and Jean also had a very light attack at the same time, although both recovered completely.

Members of the Welsch family have been given injections of gamma globulin against a possible attack of the disease, and children of the family will be isolated for the next 10 days.