At Durant, he received new orders to take to the siding at Goodman, Mississippi (eight miles (13 km) south of Durant, and 163 miles (262 km) into the run), wait for the No. While living in a boarding house in Jackson, Jones met and fell in love with Joanne "Janie" Brady, the daughter of a proprietor. This run offered the fastest schedules in the history of American railroading. Casey Jones was a railroad engineer known for his speed who died in 1900, when he collided with another train. There he worked with his next and last fireman, Simeon T. "Sim" Webb in 1900. It was created by Polaris Banks. The public began to recognize Jones for the "whippoorwill call" he would make on the engine's whistle while driving through towns. 83 back up (onto the main line) to allow No. 382; $1,396.25 ($42,910 in 2019), Mail car No. Casey was born Jonathan Luther Jones on 14 Mar 1863 in the town of Jackson, Tennessee. Jones shouted to Stevenson to reverse the train and yelled to the girl to get off the tracks in almost the same breath. It stated that "Engineer Jones was solely responsible having disregarded the signals given by Flagman Newberry." They bought a house at 211 West Chester Street in Jackson, Tennessee, where they raised their three children. MONEY TO BURN, Vol. ", or "Cannonball". With 25 miles (40 km) of fast track ahead, Jones likely felt that he had a good chance to make it to Canton by 4:05 am "on the advertised". ), American railroad engineer whose death as celebrated in the ballad “Casey Jones” made him a folk hero. The tombstone was donated in 1947 by two out-of-town railroad enthusiasts who accidentally got his birth year wrong. 638 and liked working in the Jackson District because his family was there. Although it was raining, steam locomotives of that era operated best in damp conditions. However, when the two worked together to stop Mutagen Man and a squadron of Robot Foot Soldiers, she began to open up to Jones and enjoy being in his presence. 638 stayed in Water Valley. Songs about or related to Jones or the crash include: This article is about the American locomotive engineer immortalized in a popular ballad. Jones had to move his family to Memphis and give up working with his close friend John Wesley McKinnie on No. The event was partially spoofed in The Brave Engineer, in which the hero rescued a damsel from a cliché bandit. he yelled to Jones. The engineer was killed outright by the concussion. We strive for accuracy and fairness. He refused to use steel, even though it was cheaper, because it was coated with potentially lethal zinc. "Cannonball" was a contemporary term applied to fast mail and fast passenger trains of those days, but it was a generic term for speed service. [7] There are no clearly authentic photographs of the famous wreck in existence. Casey Jones Lyrics: Casey Jones / Come all you rounders / If you want to hear / The story of a brave engineer / Casey Jones / Was the rounder's name / On the big six wheeler / Boys he made his fame The passenger in the article was Adam Hauser, formerly a member of The Times-Democrat telegraph staff. The caboose and two of the cars were smashed to pieces, the engine left the rails and plowed into an embankment, where it overturned and was completely wrecked, the baggage and mail coaches also being thrown from the track and badly damaged. This would have given them little time to rest, as Number 1 was due out at 11:35 pm. He was assassinated in 1963. At first, April is skeptical about Casey, particularly due to his clumsy nature. Sonny Callahan (Extension of Remarks – October 14, 1993)", "Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum in Water Valley, Mississippi", "Death Comes at 92 to Casey Jones's Widow", Life Magazine Jan 26, 1942 story of Casey Jones, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Casey_Jones&oldid=998963744, Railway accident deaths in the United States, Articles with trivia sections from October 2018, Articles with disputed statements from October 2020, Articles needing additional references from December 2013, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. [6][7], Meanwhile, Jones was almost back on schedule, running at about 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) toward Vaughan, and traveling through a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) left-hand curve that blocked his view. 2. Casey Jones's fame is largely attributed to the traditional song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones”,[6][15] also known as "Casey Jones, the Brave Engineer", recorded by, among others, Billy Murray, Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ed McCurdy, and played live by the Grateful Dead, as well as Jones' friend Wallace Saunders, an African-American engine wiper for the IC. Railroad Wreck at Vaughan's on Illinois Central Railroad – Terrible Fatality Prevented by Engineer's Loyalty to Duty – A passenger's Story," The Times-Democrat, New Orleans. 382. His orders also instructed him to meet passenger train No. When a potential disaster arose, all of Jones's skill and the engine's responsiveness were put to the greatest test. Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV. Contrary to what the report claimed, shortly after the accident and until his death Webb maintained, "We saw no flagman or fusees, we heard no torpedoes. – Fireman and Messenger Injured – Passenger Train Crashed Into a Local Freight Partly on the Siding – Several Cars Demolished."[6]. It is called the Kinmundy Wreck[11] as it happened near Kinmundy, Illinois. But stop it he did. For other uses, see. Both locations were busy and important stops for IC, and he developed close ties with them between 1890 and 1900. Casey Jones, also billed as The Ballad of Casey Jones or Casey Jones, the brave engineer, is an American folk song that deals with the story of Casey Jones, a railroad engineer, who died in his train wreck. He had reduced his speed from about 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) to about 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) when he hit. [7], His regular fireman on No. The Ballad Of Casey Jones Lyrics: Come, all you rounders, if you want to hear / The story told of a brave engineer; / Casey Jones was the rounder’s name / A high right-wheeler of mighty fame.” He is known for building Rockefeller Center in New York City. The marvel and mystery is how Engineer Jones stopped that train. Simeon T. Webb, Fireman Train No. Casey Jones of High River passed away peacefully at the Foothills Country Hospice on September 18, 2019. Casey Jones (July 26, 1939 - May 3, 2017) was a blues drummer, singer and record producer who has recorded with blues artists such as Albert Collins, appearing on his Frostbite and Ice Pickin' albums, and Johnny Winter, appearing on Winters Serious Business, Guitar Slinger, True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story albums. His request was approved, and No. The fireman jumped just in time to save his life. 1 was running under a full head of steam when it crashed into the rear end of a caboose and three freight cars which were standing on the main track, the other portion of the train being on a sidetrack. He was an influential Black nationalist and later became a Marxist. The sound of it was variously described as "a sort of whippoorwill call," or "like the war cry of a Viking." Owing to engineer absence, he had to take over another service through the day, which may have deprived him of sleep. As a boy he lived near the town of Cayce, Kentucky and, although he spelled it ‘Casey’, he took the town’s name as his nickname. Skip to main content.ca. The song was written around 1900 by Wallace Saunders and Eddie Newton. [6][7], Unknown to Casey, three separate trains were in the station at Vaughan: double-header freight train No. Jones drove the engine until he transferred to Memphis in February 1900. He was told that No. On April 30, 1900, Jones volunteered to work a double shift to cover for a fellow engineer who was ill. Because Jones stayed on board to slow the train, he was believed to have saved the passengers from serious injury and death – Jones was the only fatality of the collision. to Webb, who crouched down and jumped from the train, about 300 feet (91 m) before impact, and was knocked unconscious by his fall. 26 at Vaughan (15 miles (24 km) south of Goodman, and 178 miles (286 km) into the run). In the account given in the book Railroad Avenue by Freeman H. Hubbard, which was based on an interview with fireman Sim Webb, he and Casey had been used extra on trains 3 and 2 to cover for engineer Sam Tate, who had marked off ill. Fifteen enginemen rode 118 miles (190 km) from Water Valley to pay their last respects, which was a record. Songs titled “Casey Jones”, usually about the crash or the engineer, have been recorded by Vernon Dalhart (Edison Disc recorded June 16, 1925), This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, Feverfew (Blueboy (band)), Tom Russell, The New Christy Minstrels, Skillet Lickers, and the Grateful Dead. January 1903: criminal train wreckers caused 382 to wreck, nearly demolishing the locomotive. He had left the cab in charge of fellow engineer Bob Stevenson, who had reduced speed sufficiently for Jones to walk safely out on the running board to oil the relief valves. Jones answered it, spending a pleasant summer there with his wife. He was so punctual, it was said that people set their watches by him. A story all about a brave engineer Casey Jones was the rounder's name On a high right wheeler, he won his fame Casey Jones, Casey Jones Casey Jones, are you ready? Mrs. Deto was identified as the spouse of an IC engineer, and in the update her claim for injuries was still unsettled. I t’s been 115 years since the fateful morning — April 30, 1900 — when railroad engineer John Luther Jones, called “Casey” after his hometown of Cayce, Ky., agreed to … ", Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. "Casey Jones" is (very) loosely based ... Ct Check back in the Dead's concert history, late 1969 early 1970 they also sang an acoustic folk song the Ballad of Casey Jones, closer to the story of the original. The following 30-mile (48 km) stretch (Winona to Durant, Mississippi) had no speed-restricted curves. A pop sensation in the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp has evolved into one of rock’s most enduring acts, and given voice to the small-town experience. [14] She wore black nearly every day for the rest of her life. Jones would drive Hatfield's Engine No. They returned to Memphis at 6:25 on the morning of April 29, giving them adequate time to be rested for number 1 that night, which was their regular assigned run. To this day, Jones's name is synonymous with the America's great steam era. He mounted to the cabin with the orders in his hand, And he took his farewell trip to that promis'd land. At Senatobia, Mississippi (40 miles (64 km) into the run), Jones passed through the scene of a prior fatal accident that had occurred the previous November. [3], Jones married Mary Joanna ("Janie") Brady (born 1866), whose father owned the boarding house where Jones was staying. He was immortalized as an American folk hero with the release of … They were asked to turn right around and take number 1 back to Canton to fill in for Sam Tate, who had marked off. Without any warning we plowed into that caboose."[6][7]. The train was originally running more than an hour and a half behind, and Jones, determined to arrive as scheduled, ran the steam locomotive at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour in an effort to make up the time. It was his first experience as an engineer in passenger service and he liked it.[7]. He was quite happy, saying at one point, "Sim, the old girl's got her dancing slippers on tonight!" In the summer of 1887, a yellow fever epidemic struck many train crews on the neighboring Illinois Central Railroad (IC), providing an unexpected opportunity for faster promotion of firemen on that line. 26. For this, he was immortalized in a traditional song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones”. Jones himself was the only fatality, his watch stopped at 3:52am. Massena Jones, (former postmaster of Vaughan and director of the now-closed museum there), said "When they found Jones, according to Uncle Will Madison (a section hand who helped remove Jones's body from the wreckage), he had a splinter of wood driven through his head. Jones's widow, Janie Brady Jones (born October 29, 1866), died on November 21, 1958 in Jackson at age 92. At the age of 15, Casey Jones moved to Columbus, Kentucky, and began working as a telegrapher for the Mobile and Ohio railroad. As quickly as he could, Jones grabbed the brake with one hand and pulled the whistle with the other in an attempt to warn those around the train. According to … They were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Jackson, Tennessee, on November 25, 1886. He advanced from the running board to the steam chest and then to the pilot beam to adjust the spark screen. Casey Jones stayed on the train as “Ole 382” plowed through the red wooden caboose and three freight cars, before leaving the track. But it would have been impossible for him to have seen the flagman if the flagman had been positioned 500–800 feet (150–240 m) before the torpedoes as the report says he was. THE TALE OF CASEY JONES has inspired many songs and stories. Railroad Wreck at Vaughan's on Illinois Central Railroad – Terrible Fatality Prevented by Engineer's Loyalty to Duty – A passenger's Story," The Times-Democrat, New Orleans.[7]. [7], During the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois, in 1893, IC was charged with providing commuter service for the thousands of visitors to the fairground. It was inspired by the story of an actual engineer named Casey Jones. Casey Jones is a character based on the American railroader, John Luther Jones. It was a steam-driven Rogers 4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler" with six drivers, each approximately six feet (1.8 m) high. Hill's version of the song was later performed and recorded by Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger, in Russian by Leonid Utyosov, and Hungarian by the Szirt Együttes. Jones's wife received $3,000 in insurance payments (Jones was a member of two unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and had a $1,500 policy with each union) and later settled with IC for an additional $2,650 (Earl Brewer, a Water Valley attorney who would later serve as Governor of Mississippi, represented her in the settlement). Mobster John "Junior" Gotti allegedly served as a capo in the Gambino family and was the acting boss when his father, John Gotti was in prison. Going to the fireman's side, he saw the markers of the caboose of No. His fireman died 3 days later. On March 1, 1888, Jones switched to IC, firing a freight locomotive between Jackson, Tennessee, and Water Valley, Mississippi. Jones then turned to Webb and told him to jump to safety, all the while still trying to slow the train. Casey Jones is a short film inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series. [6], Jones's tombstone in Jackson's Mount Calvary Cemetery gives his birth year as 1864, but according to information his mother wrote in the family Bible, he was born in 1863. On 25 Nov 1886 he married Mary Joanna “Janie” Brady whose father owned the boarding house where Casey lived. Shortly after Casey Jones's death, Wallace Saunders, an engine wiper who worked for I.E., wrote "The Ballad of Casey Jones," a tribute to Jones, who Saunders greatly admired. ", In Season 4 episode 15 (entitled "Us") of, Casey Jones Railroad Museum State Park in Vaughan, Mississippi (Museum closed in 2004), This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 21:13. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture, Service at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Illinois Central Railroad report on accident, Learn how and when to remove this template message, The Historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson, Tennessee, Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum in Water Valley, Mississippi, "Casey Jones' Whistler Museum And Park – Hon. Casey is survived by his daughter Kassie (Patrick) Davis, son Jerry (Kara) Jones grandchildren William Davis and Olivia, Caleb, and Cicely Jones. She reached out her arms for Casey and sat right down on the floor, holding him on her lap, listening to the story of his suffering. That year he drove the engine that became most closely associated with him, for one time. Jones made his water stop at Sardis and arrived at Grenada for more water, having made up 55 minutes of the 75-minute delay. Casey Jones was a locomotive engineer who became a folk hero after his death in a train crash in 1900 was commemorated in a number of songs. ″Casey Jones—the Union Scab″ portrays Jones as a strikebreaker at Southern Pacific. Heroic sacrifice for refusal to abandon post to ensure the safety of passengers from an inevitable collision. [8], The Fred J. Lee biography Casey Jones contended the men arrived in Memphis on No. death of Casey Jones, probably the most famous of a long line of locomotive engineer heroes who have died at their post of duty, one hand on the whistle and the other on the airbrake lever. The rebellious musicians form a local union and throw Casey down into Hell, where Satan urges him to shovel sulphur in the furnaces. The story of a brave engineer. Not to be confused with the Hunter/Garcia song "Casey Jones." He died in 1900 in Vaughan, Mississippi, when he collided with another train. 638 was his close friend, John Wesley McKinnie, with whom he worked exclusively from about 1897 until he went to the passenger run out of Memphis. I imagine that the Vaughan wreck will be talked about in roundhouses, lunchrooms and cabooses for the next six months, not alone on the Illinois Central, but many other roads in Mississippi and Louisiana. In 1884, he moved to Jackson, Tennessee, where he was promoted at M&O to the position of flagman. This was the position the IC held in its official reports.[6]. The final IC accident report was released on July 13, 1900, by A.S. Sullivan, the General Superintendent of IC. 72 (located to the south and headed north) were both in the passing track to the east of the main line. The Story of Casey Jones and the Wreck That Made Him Famous John Luther Jones was born March 14, 1863. 32 episodes Television version of the classic train story of Casey Jones, the engineer of the steam-engine powered "Cannonball Express". 1 Appearances 1.1 The Brave Engineer 2 Trivia 3 Gallery In the train yard at dawn, Casey Jones is sleeping in the cab wearing his robe and sleeping cap. The personal injury and physical damage costs of the wreck were initially estimated as follows: An update indicated an additional $327.50 in property damage ($102.50 in track damage, $100.00 for freight, and $125.00 in wrecking expense) plus a settlement of $1.00 to Mrs. Breaux for her injuries. He shuttled many people from Van Buren Street to Jackson Park during the exposition. On the following day, the funeral service was held in St. Mary's Church, where he and Janie Brady had married fourteen years before. January 22, 1912: 382 (now numbered 2012) was involved in a wreck that killed four prominent railroad men and injured several others. Since she was Catholic, he decided to convert and was baptized on November 11, 1886, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Whistler, Alabama,[4][5] to please her. Realizing that she was still immobile, he raced to the tip of the pilot or cowcatcher and braced himself on it, reaching out as far as he could to pull the frightened but unharmed girl from the rails. The song was later adapted by William Leighton and sold to vaudeville artists. Its unique sound involved a long-drawn-out note that began softly, rose and then died away to a whisper, a sound that became his trademark. It was soon back in service on the same run with Engineer Harry A. In any event, some railroad historians have disputed the official account over the years, finding it difficult if not impossible to believe that an engineer of Jones's experience would have ignored a flagman and fusees (flares) and torpedoes exploded on the rail to alert him to danger. Jones's African-American fireman Simeon T. Webb (born May 12, 1874), died in Memphis on July 13, 1957,[12] at age 83. According to the report, he had gone out a distance of 3,000 feet (910 m), where he had placed warning torpedoes on the rail. The weather was quite foggy that night, reducing visibility, and the run was well known for its tricky curves.[6][7]. September 1905: Norton and the 382 turned over in the Memphis South Yards. IWW activist Joe Hill wrote and sang a protest song parody of “The Ballad of Casey Jones”. Norton's legs were broken and he was badly scalded. He is best known for his courage, sacrificing his life by keeping one hand on the brake to slow the train and one hand on the whistle to warn others who might be near the train, as well as for his tenacity in keeping trains on schedule and his famous "whippoorwill whistle." [6][7], The headlines in The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) read: "FATAL WRECK – Engineer Casey Jones, of This City, Killed Near Canton, Miss. Engineer Jones did a wonderful as well as a heroic piece of work, at the cost of his life. 4 at 9 o'clock on the evening of April 29. Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. was the only son of John D. Rockefeller and heir to his fortune. [7], There is disagreement over the circumstances prior to Casey Jones's fatal last run. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. 2 (north) and No. by Shirley Lomheim First published in Saskatchewan's Folklore periodical Summer 2010 Edition In 1910 when Kenneth Harris Jones began working as a carpenter in Moose Jaw's Canadian Pacific Railway years, he was nicknamed 'Casey' after the hero of a popular railroad song of the day. No. Casey Jones of High River passed away peacefully at the Foothills Country Hospice on September 18, 2019. By the time of impact, Jones frantic efforts had slowed the engine to 35 miles per hour, saving his passengers from serious injury or death. In the first section of the run, Jones drove from Memphis 100 miles (160 km) south to Grenada, Mississippi, with an intermediate water stop at Sardis, Mississippi (50 miles (80 km) into the run), over a new section of light and shaky rails at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h). In 1891, he was offered a job at Illinois Central Railroad as an engineer. One Sunday during the summer of 1898, the Water Valley shop team was scheduled to play the Jackson shop team and Jones got to haul the team to Jackson for the game.[7]. Until then, a simple wooden cross had marked his grave.[6]. John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1863 – April 30, 1900) was an American railroader who was killed when his passenger train collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi. The imprint of the headlight, boiler and the spokes of the wheels could be seen and people would ride up on handcars to view the traces of the famous wreck. Jones was successful at M&O, quickly moving up the ranks. Deto, passenger, No 25 East 33rd Street, Chicago, slight bruises left knee and left hand – Not settled, Wm. He was known for his insistence that he "get her there on the advertised" (time) and that he never "fall down": arrive at his destination behind schedule. With Hilarion Banks, Robbie Rist, Moira Wilson, Brian Villalobos. © 2021 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. At the fair (also called The Chicago World's Fair), he became acquainted with No. Jones pulled out of Goodman only five minutes behind schedule. By the time he got to Durant (155 miles (249 km) into the run), Jones was almost on time. 1. [9], In a third account, trains 3 and 2 were Casey and Sim Webb's regular run, and they were asked to fill in for Sam Tate that night on No. 83 on the main line. He was in a sleeper on Jones's southbound fast mail and said after the wreck: The passengers did not suffer, and there was no panic. 26 was a local passenger train in two sections and would be in the siding, so he would have priority over it. [6], Jones was also famous for his peculiar skill with the train whistle. As workers prepared a second "saw by" to let Jones pass, an air hose broke on No. Casey Jones, byname of John Luther Jones, (born March 14, 1864, southeastern Missouri, U.S.—died April 30, 1900, near Vaughan, Miss. [7], A conductor's report filed five hours after the accident stated, "Engineer on No.1 failed to answer flagman who was out proper distance. Jones asked for permission to drive the engine back to Water Valley. 382, known affectionately as "Ole 382. [6], Jones went to work for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, performed well and was promoted to brakeman on the Columbus, Kentucky, to Jackson, Tennessee, route, and then to fireman on the Jackson, Tennessee, to Mobile, Alabama, route.[7]. Amiri Baraka is an African American poet, activist and scholar. "[6], For at least ten years after the wreck, the imprint of Jones's engine was clearly visible in the embankment on the east side of the tracks about two-tenths of a mile north of Tucker's Creek, which is where the marker was located. 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