Monument eyed for 1901 accident victims

Feb 09, 2016 1075

by David Patch

When two Wabash Railroad trains collided southwest of Adrian in rural Lenawee County on Thanksgiving Eve, 1901, the official death toll was only 23. "Only 23" because the real number was much higher than that.

Scores of Italian immigrants traveling in two coaches of the westbound train went uncounted, and five coffins with what could be found of their remains were buried in an unmarked grave in an Adrian cemetery. But late last year, city employees scouring old records at the urging of Adrian Mayor Jim Berryman found the grave site in Oakwood Cemetery.

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