Help Needed: Train Derailment in Northern Wisconsin 1917

Reference.com has a list of “Notable Historic Train and Rail Accidents” that includes many international train wrecks and disasters.

I have a note in a journal by Emma (Primley) Knapp about a train derailment at Glyem Spurr near Taylor Rapids and Goodman in Northeastern Wisconsin. Used by the railroads as well as residents dependent upon supplies, while no one was hurt, it caused a major inconvenience.

Friday P.M. July 20, 1917
The four spot was derailed at Glyem Spurr. Caused by some person opening the switch halfway. No one was hurt. A week afterwards they pulled it out of the mud and began fixing it up. About 2 months later it was at work again “Better in health than ever.”
Emma Knapp, 1916-1924 Family Journal

The train derailment was published in the local news, but I can find no record of it. If you have information on this train wreck at Glyem Spurr, Wisconsin, near Goodman in the north, we’d appreciate hearing from you in the comments below. Thanks.

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