I’m posting this today for two reasons. First, because I know that people are always looking for more information about their ancestors and this might not have been in too many other papers. Second, after thirty years on the train I’m sure Mr. Lambert must have had many friends in Caddo.
The Caddo Herald
February 20, 1920
KATY Engineer Loses Life on His Last Run
Muskogee, Ok. Feb. 16.- the last run of Joe Lambert, a Katy engineer for thirty years, ended in death. He had already arranged to retire and live on a farm he owned in Texas. It was his last trip in the service of the company, when death came a few miles south of Muskogee this morning. Pulling a passenger train out of Muskogee during a heavy fog, the engineer, who was said to be one of the most careful on the road, failed to see a section hand trying to flag him down and crashed into the rear end of a freight that had been derailed.
The engine and a number of freight cars, including the caboose, were a twisted mass of iron and wood from the wreck.
Engineer Lambert’s body was taken from beneath his overturned engine. Lambert’s body was taken to his home at Denison for burial.
His fireman jumped and was uninjured. No one else was hurt, but the passengers on the passenger train, a through fast train from Kansas City to Dallas, were severely jolted.