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THE SAGA OF

MIKE DEVANEY

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.

It’s 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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IF YOU SEE AN ITEM OF INTEREST ON MY WEBSITE, JUST EMAIL ME AND I WILL PLACE IT ON EBAY WITH A 10% DISCOUNT AND ALLOW YOU TO PURCHASE

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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

ANCESTORS INDEXED HEREIN, CIRCA 1870s – 1920s

ANCESTOR’S LOCATION: IRELAND, CANADA, OREGON

GENEALOGY NAMES INDEXED w * INDICATING PICTURE:

ABDILL, George B., Author

CAINE, Frank

CLOYD, Al, Conductor

DEVANEY, Helena Harris “Nellie,” wife of Mike Devaney

DEVANEY, Leo G., son of Mike Devaney

DEVANEY, Michael “Mike” *

HARRISON, Benjamin, President

HOLLADAY, Ben

HUSTON, Ed, Conductor

JOYAUX, Helena Devaney, daughter of Mike Devaney

LAMBERT, Orchardist

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:

Ashland, Oregon

Brigham, Quebec Province, Canada

California & Oregon Railroad

Cass Street Cigar Store *

Central Pacific Company

County Sligo, Ireland

Cow Creek

Cow Creek Canyon

Engine 1403 *

Engine No. 1770 *

Glendale, Oregon

Grant’s Pass

Myrtle Creek

Nichols Siding

Oregon & California Railroad Engine 1758 *

Oregon Central Railroad

Portland, Oregon

Rattlesnake Point

Redding, California

Riddle’s Station

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 *

Union Creek

Vancouver, Oregon

West Fork, Oregon

West Shefford, Quebec, Canada

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ENGINEER MIKE DEVANEY SUBSTITUTED

FOR THE FIREMAN ON TRAIN No. 15

WHEN IT LEFT ROSEBURG, OREGON

OLD WESTERN RAILROAD MEMORABILIA IS

RAPIDLY DISAPPEARING

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.

Buyer pays postage of $3.50 First Class Postage to U. S., $4.50 to Canada, $4.60 Priority Mail, $10.00 Par Avion (Air Mail) for International Mail. Texans must pay 8-¼ % sales tax. Thanks,

Tom

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