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THE SAGA OF MIKE DEVANEY
By George B. Abdill
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THE SAGA OF
Folks, as many of you know, I spend hours searching old basements, going through attics and sitting on wooden floors to find old stories of Western Americana. Here is a seldom seen and rarely read railroad history entitled “The Saga of Mike Devaney,” by George B. Abdill who covers the history of the February 28, 1899 wreck of Train No. 15, the southbound Overland Limited, when Engine 1770 plunged into flood waters of Cow Creek, trapping Engineer Mike Delaney who was substituting as Fireman. Photographer Tollman of Vancouver, Oregon was on board the wrecked train and recorded the scenes for posterity– to find out what happened you will just have to be high bidder. You have not seen it before. I just lucked on to it.
A GREAT RAILROAD STORY OF A BRAVE RAILROADER
Please read this. There were many a western story published – the common ones about cowboy and Indians are listed on Ebay every day but the rarer ones about the railroad pioneers and heroes of the old west like this one are seldom found. Collectors treasure them and their price guide value rises every day. They are hard to find. I hunt them out cause really the better, untold and rarer stories were published in the rest.
Here’s one of ‘em.
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Following my retirement, I have dedicated my remaining hours to indexing the Genealogy of our western pioneers. During my research, I discovered that thousands of our kinfolk lay unfound and unrecognized on some book dealer’s shelf gathering dust. Because Old Western History and Memorabilia was printed before computer indexing, I index every item I sell.
This complete index will be bound and included in this offering at no additional cost.
Humbly, I am trying to keep history alive.
I hope you appreciate the effort.
THE SAGA OF MIKE DEVANEY
By George B. Abdill
Folks, humbly, I am trying to keep history alive. Following my retirement, I have dedicated my remaining hours to indexing the Genealogy of our ancestors. During my research, I discovered that hundreds of our kinfolk lay unfound and unrecognized on some book dealer’s shelf gathering dust.
ANCESTORS INDEXED HEREIN, CIRCA 1870s – 1920s
ANCESTOR’S LOCATION: IRELAND, CANADA, OREGON
GENEALOGY NAMES INDEXED w * INDICATING PICTURE:
ABDILL, George B., Author
CLOYD, Al, Conductor
DEVANEY, Helena Harris “Nellie,” wife of Mike Devaney
DEVANEY, Leo G., son of Mike Devaney
DEVANEY, Michael “Mike” *
HARRISON, Benjamin, President
HUSTON, Ed, Conductor
JOYAUX, Helena Devaney, daughter of Mike Devaney
McCALLEY, Jim, Engineer
MOORE, Agent in Charge of Roseburg Depot
PAYTON, Ed, Engineer
Reporter from Roseburg’s Newspaper
ROSS, Wilber, Clerk in Cass Cigar Store *
SMITH, “Cyclone,” Roundhouse Foreman
STROUD, Ernie, Engineer
TOLLMAN, Photographer from Vancouver
TWITCHELL, Dr., Railroad Company Surgeon
WAITE, Jasper “Jap,” Engineer
PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS w * INDICATING PICTURE:
Picture 1: An early funnel-stacked locomotive of the Oregon & California Railroad at the portal of Tunnel No. 1 near the mouth of Cow Creek Canyon, during construction days in the early 1880s. *
Picture 2: Steam blows from the boiler of Engine 1770 as she lies on her side in the swirling waters of Cow Creek just after the wreck in 1899. Fireman Devaney was still trapped under the engine when this photo was taken. *
Picture 3: Mike Devaney was selected to fire the special train carrying President Benjamin Harrison from Ashland to Roseburg, Oregon in 1891. He is shown in the cab of Engine 1403 at Ashland. *
Picture 4: The express car of the Overland and a part of the tender of Engine 1770 as they appeared after the locomotive had gone over the bank and into the stream. *
Picture 5: Railroaders labor in the driving rain in their efforts to free Devaney from the crushed cab of his locomotive. *
Picture 6: Mike Devaney on operating table in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as surgeons and nurses prepare to amputate his leg. *
Picture 7: Devaney behind the counter of the Cass Street cigar store in Roseburg where he was employed while waiting for his leg to heal. *
Picture 8: Mike Devaney and clerk Wilbur Ross in front of the cigar store where the injured engineer worked. *
Picture 9: Fitted with an artificial limb and supported by one crutch, Mike Devaney demonstrates his duties as crossing watchman at Roseburg’s Lane Street crossing. *
Picture 10: Interior of railroad’s stationary boiler room which furnished power for the shop facilities. Devaney kept this domain spotless clean. *
Picture 11: Engineer Mike Devaney standing on the running board of Oregon & California Railroad Engine 1758 at the roundhouse in Ashland, Oregon. *
PLACES AND THINGS PROMINENTLY MENTIONED w * INDICATING PICTURE:
Brigham, Quebec Province, Canada
California & Oregon Railroad
Cass Street Cigar Store *
Central Pacific Company
County Sligo, Ireland
Cow Creek Canyon
Engine 1403 *
Engine No. 1770 *
Oregon & California Railroad Engine 1758 *
Oregon Central Railroad
Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon
Roseburg’s Lane Street Crossing *
Southern Pacific Railroad
South Umpqua River
Train No. 15, Overland Limited
Tunnel No. 1 in Cow Creek Canyon *
West Fork, Oregon
West Shefford, Quebec, Canada
ENGINEER MIKE DEVANEY SUBSTITUTED
FOR THE FIREMAN ON TRAIN No. 15
WHEN IT LEFT ROSEBURG, OREGON
OLD WESTERN RAILROAD MEMORABILIA IS
While others clip ads from magazines, I save history. It’s a shame that our past is being lost. It’s as simple as that.
My wife kids me that after I find a piece I like, buy it, read it, research it, take a picture, scan it, write the blurb, pay the Ebay entry fee and commission, that I end up making about 50 cents an hour. But, OH HOW I LOVE THIS OLD WESTERN HISTORY. What a story, Rare Story!!! Great Pictures. You will love it as it was published in this old complete western magazine of many years ago. The issue is in excellent condition, the cover is pristine and in vibrant color.
As clearly stated in my description, this is featured story in a rarely found and seldom read unusual and complete western magazine. I don't give out name of publication or date because I have caught competitors copying my index and work and trying to sell it as theirs. I hope you understand.
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