1930s wreck at Boyce
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Fri Nov 26 11:36:18 EST 2010
Barbara Adams wrote her recollections about growing up in Boyce. She was born in 1937. Her paternal grandfather and grandmother were Sylvester and Helen Lane. Sylvester was the third agent-operator at Boyce, working there between 1933 and 1952.
Maude and Roger Strode were Barbara's paternal grandparents. When they were first married, they lived in a white stucco house by the railroad tracks near the Old Chapel Road crossing, which is about 1/5th of a mile north of Boyce station. They told Barbara "...about a bad train wreck in the early 1930's at the crossing by their house. Injured people were brought in the house," and Barbara still has a Pullman blanket that was used to cover an injured person in the yard."
I've been reviewing microfilmed newspapers but haven't discovered a news report about a Boyce accident. It must have been either train 1 or train 2, both of which passed through Boyce around midnight and had a NY-Roanoke sleeper.
Has anyone heard of a train accident at Boyce? I'd appreciate any details, or even just the year it occurred, to narrow my newspaper search.
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