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Meyers was the newsboy on passenger train Number Two, and at the moment of the wreck he was inside the second-class coach along with the conductor and a handful of others. Even though he suffered something more than an average paper cut while peddling his papers, he managed to survive the wreck. Norfolk & Western recorded that this Roanoker received a gash across his forehead, but little else was documented concerning Meyers.1
The 1888 and 1889 Roanoke city directories listed only one Meyers, an Israel Meyers noted one year as a lumberman and the other year as a tanner.2 3 There were several others that resided in Roanoke at that time who were known by the alternate spelling of Myers, but there are no particular details that suggest any of the Meyers in that area were related to the newsboy working the late shift the night of the wreck.
Do you think you know who the W.C. Meyers was on the train that night? If you think he might have been an ancestor of yours, or if you have some additional information that might help identify him I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!
- Fourteenth Annual Report of The Railroad Commissioner of the State of Virginia, J.H. O’Bannon Superintendent of Public Printing, Richmond, VA, 1890: p. xlv. http://books.google.com/books?id=CFopAAAAYAAJ
- T.M. Haddock, Roanoke, VA., City Directory, 1889, p. 102.
- T.M. Haddock, Roanoke, VA., City Directory, 1888, p. 86.