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Noel Ridlon Hit By Train 1866

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Catalog Information

Title
Noel Ridlon Hit By Train 1866
Accession Number
2017.024.0056
Type
Event
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Misc
Collection Description
Misc
Source
Robert Underhill
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Event
Noel Potter Ridlon (1813 - 1866) was an affluent farmer on West Tinmouth Rd.  In the 1860 census he had real estate worth $8,000 and personal assets of $3,000.  He was married to Nancy Bromley Hulett (1823 - 1888) of Pawlet, VT. Of their 3 known children, two died young, leaving only his son John (1852 - 1936).

On October 12, 1866 he had gone to Rutland in his wagon pulled by two horses to transact business.  On his return trip he was struck while crossing the tracks.  Speculation at the time was that he was not aware of the train's approach. 

See the Noel Potter Ridlon Cellar Hole entry in the Cellar Hole collection for more info on Noel and his family. 

Below are newspaper accounts, the first from the Oct. 13, 1866 Rutland Daily Herald and the second from the Oct. 13, 1866 Rutland Independent.  The cover photo is a generic image from 1866. 

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