Huckleberry in 1904 -- Accident

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
July 28, 1908

Accident on Huckleberry
While the passenger train on the Virginia Anthracite Coal & Railway Company, better known as the Huckleberry railroad, was making a trip from Christainsburg to Blacksburg Sunday the trucks of one of the coaches jumped the track when the train was crossing the Virginian lines. Three brothers, R. T., W. C., and Guy F. Ellett were standing on the platform and becoming frightened they jumped. R. T. Ellett received a broken leg. W. C. Ellett had his artificial leg torn loose and injuring the stump of this limb and Guy F. Ellett receiving several minor injuries. Those who remained on the train were not hurt. The former is assistant treasurer for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, W. C. Ellett is a druggist at Blacksburg, and Guy F. Elett is a lawyer at Christiansburg and a stockholder in the railway.
[I wonder what the first responders thought upon seeing W. C.'s leg stump! Is there any relationship between these Elletts and the station of the same name nearby on the Virginian?

The following is from the 1912 N&W Annual Report:

The property of the Virginia Anthracite Coal and Railway Company connecting with your road at Christiansburg, Va., and extending to Blacksburg, Va., 8.88 miles, was bid in for your Company at foreclosure sale in August, 1911, for the sum of $100,000. Titles were cleared and the property was turned over to your Company on January 1st, 1912, since which date it has been operated as the Blacksburg Branch. The Receivers were thereupon discharged.]

Gordon Hamilton
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