Henderson County, Kentucky Obituary
of the most terrible accidents that has occurred in this county in years
was that happening yesterday afternoon (January 1895) at Robard’s Station,
to I. J. EAKINS, by which he lost his life.
is a member of one of the oldest families in the county and was well known.
He had come to the city yesterday to transact business for several
persons of Robards, as well as some for himself.
He visited two or three of the banks, and having gotten through
with all that was required, put in his time on the streets conversing
with his friends, of whom he had many.
Shortly before the hours for the regular 2:15 L & N passenger
train he went to the depot and anxiously awaited her coming, knowing as
he did that the trains had been considerably delayed of late.
She came on time and Mr. EAKINS got aboard.
Being but twelve miles out and the train, a fast one, he had hardly
more than taken his seat, so to speak, when the whistle blew for his station.
He was engaged in conversation with Mr. Solomon OBERDORFER,
of this city, at the time and was seemingly in no hurry to get off.
The train started on slowly and with this Mr. EAKINS jumped
up and, in a hurry, as passengers frequently do, stepped off with his
back to the engine. He held
to the guard rail, walking backwardly while the train was slowly moving,
till it was too late and too dangerous to let go.
All of a sudden, and as a natural consequence, he was thrown to
the ground and under the wheels of the coach.
The poor fellow tried to extricate himself but his effort was of
no avail. Both legs were cut off about the knees or so badly mutilated
that they might as well have been.
were called and the railroad authorities immediately notified Superintendent
DIXON at Howell, telegraphed road surgeon, Dr. James H. LETCHER,
of this city, and held the Providence train a half hour for him.
Dr. LETCHER arrived at Robards at 3:00 but found the
wounded man too far gone to be benefited by medical or surgical assistance.
He died at 7:00.
His death cast
a gloom over the entire station.
Mr. EAKINS was a clever man and had a host of friends at
Robards. A wife and two children
In a later news
release, Polly EAKINS sued the L & N Railroad for carelessness
and was awarded $15,000. Evidently a motion for a new trial was in the making, and if
this would be overruled, an appeal would be taken to the Supreme Court
on the grounds of excessive damages.
Notes: Isaiah EAKINS was married to Mary “Polly” ALLMAN and was a brother to Enoch Marian EAKINS, of Robards, KY. Isaiah and Enoch were two children of Enoch George EAKINS and Harriet Minerva Sandefur FORD. Enoch George EAKINS was the son of George and Sara Melton EAKINS, George being the son of Joseph and Isabella Walkup EAKINS. George and his three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and John, all came into Kentucky in the early 1800s.