Men who built the Cairo Traffic Bridg...

Men who built the Cairo Traffic Bridge 1928

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Sandra F

Jackson, MO

#1 Oct 9, 2009
My grandfather helped to build the Cairo traffic bridge in 1928, unfortunately he died while working to build the bridge. He fell from the bridge and drowned. He was the fourth man to die while working on the bridge construction. He worked for the Missouri Valley Brigde and Iron Works.

I searching for information, photos and personal stories of what happened during the construction of the bridge. I know it is a long shot, but does anyone have any photos of the bridge, especially of the men who worked on it, during its construction.

Also interested in knowing if a house is still standing in the following locations, 324 33rd Street his home or 222 32nd Street, the home of his in laws or 103 Commercial Street, the home of his widow three years after his death

Please reply to [email protected]

Sandra Fann
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#2 Oct 9, 2009
Sorry none of those addresses have homes on them any longer.
I say

United States

#3 Oct 9, 2009
skor14me wrote:
Sorry none of those addresses have homes on them any longer.
Bet someone has those address listed as voter's.

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#4 Oct 9, 2009
Sandra, it is possible you may find the information on your grandfather as well as others who built the Cairo bridge. Check out the website for Ballard-Carlisle Historical & Genealogical Society. They may have some information in their archives that will assist you. Good luck.
Loxley

United States

#5 Oct 9, 2009
Sandra F wrote:
My grandfather helped to build the Cairo traffic bridge in 1928, unfortunately he died while working to build the bridge. He fell from the bridge and drowned. He was the fourth man to die while working on the bridge construction. He worked for the Missouri Valley Brigde and Iron Works.
I searching for information, photos and personal stories of what happened during the construction of the bridge. I know it is a long shot, but does anyone have any photos of the bridge, especially of the men who worked on it, during its construction.
Also interested in knowing if a house is still standing in the following locations, 324 33rd Street his home or 222 32nd Street, the home of his in laws or 103 Commercial Street, the home of his widow three years after his death
Please reply to [email protected]
Sandra Fann
Have you checked with the Cairo Public Library?
Sandra F

Jackson, MO

#6 Oct 10, 2009
I haven't checked with them about possibly having information in general about the construction of the bridge. But I did check with them about the accident that took my grandfather's life.

I did get a copy of a newpaper article from them. That is how I found out that my grandfather was the fourth man who died during construction of the bridge and also the name of the company he worked for. And other important information. I do intend to contact them again, but I was hoping someone on this forum would contact me and say, "My grandfather worked on the bridge too and he often spoke of his friend who died while working on the brigge." Peraonal stories are so much more interesting and to actually speak to a person who knew or knew of my grandfather would mean so much to me.

You see, my grandfather did not know who his parents were. My mother was so young when her father died that she did not remember him. No one is left in my family that actually knew him. We have no pictures. The only picture we had was lost.

Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I hope that someone will read this who had a relative who also worked on the construction of the bridge or someone in the community who knew a Fuller or Stapleton family that lived in Cairo in the mid 1920 to the early 1930s. My mother was born in Cairo, I was born in Cairo. My family lived in Alexander County for many years. Most of my family is buried in Lindsay Cemetery at McClure.

Thanks again
Sandra F
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#8 Oct 10, 2009
Might try the Custom House in Cairo. They have all kinds of old pictures.
Loxley

United States

#9 Oct 10, 2009
I just paid closer attention to your addresses. My inlaws lived between 32nd and 33rd Streets on Sycamore around the corner from the 324 33rd location and my first husband's grandfather had a store on the corner of 32nd and
Sycamore which was followed by Mack's Barbecue. The three houses were replaced by the Sonic drive-in. If I remember correctly, there was a Mrs. Hodge who lived on 33rd. She may still be living, however, not at that address.

Once again, the library might be able to give you information on how to reach her.

Since: Dec 10

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 23, 2010
Sandra F wrote:
My grandfather helped to build the Cairo traffic bridge in 1928, unfortunately he died while working to build the bridge. He fell from the bridge and drowned. He was the fourth man to die while working on the bridge construction. He worked for the Missouri Valley Brigde and Iron Works.
I searching for information, photos and personal stories of what happened during the construction of the bridge. I know it is a long shot, but does anyone have any photos of the bridge, especially of the men who worked on it, during its construction.
Also interested in knowing if a house is still standing in the following locations, 324 33rd Street his home or 222 32nd Street, the home of his in laws or 103 Commercial Street, the home of his widow three years after his death
Please reply to [email protected]
Sandra Fann
Where is the Cairo traffic bridge? Just wondering if you are writing about the Ohio River Highway Bridge (the one from IL to KY)? If so that particular bridge was finished and open for traffic just in time for football season 1938. My granddaddy Wm. Aquilla Jourdan was a welder on that bridge.
Sandra

Jackson, MO

#11 Dec 24, 2010
As far as I have been able to figure out, it was the one between Cairo and Missouri. His body was recovered in Charleston Missouri. I finally located his death certificate by searching in Missouri instead of in Illinois.

I really am not sure which bridge it was. Only that it was a traffic bridge and not a railroad bridge, and the date of his death was 1928.

I also found that for a short time, he lived in Missouri, near Delta. He was living with his future in laws as a hired man. They apparently only stayed in MO for a year.
WHYILOVECAIRO

Brooklyn, NY

#12 Dec 25, 2010
This is very interesting!!! Good luck to you. Does the company he worked for on the bridge for records or was it more like day labor with no real record keeping? There are still some older folks around who might be able to help you out. I would suggest a visit - where you can beat the streets, talk to people, spend sometime looking through records.
Sandra

Jackson, MO

#13 Dec 25, 2010
The company he worked for no longer exist. I did find some info about them on the internet and posted a query and sent a letter to one of the addresses. No reply

I would like to visit Cario. I don't live that far from it. Just need the time to do it.

Sandra F

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