The Tragedy at the Loomis Street Crossing

by Chuck Spinner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/2/2012

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781468555936
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781468555943

About the Book

The Tragedy at the Loomis Street Crossing After five years of intense research, Author Chuck Spinner has written the definitive story of the Naperville Train Wreck of April 25, 1946. He has uncovered the histories of the 45 victims of the tragedy, interviewed two surviving eye witnesses of the event, and talked with survivors and helpers at the scene. His family lived just a block from the crossing where the accident occurred. Spinner was born at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, Illinois on October 22, 1946. Thomas Chaney, severely injured in the train wreck, was released from this same hospital on December 18th, 1946. Perhaps, during his recovery, Thomas may have viewed John and Louise Spinner's infant son in the nursery. If so, Chaney would have never imagined that he was viewing the person, who 66 years later would write the story that he had just lived! “It came fast. I watched it horrified. The train came on bigger and bigger. I saw a man climbing down from the engine cab, and start down the ladder. That's all I saw. I turned and ran yelling warnings toward the front of my coach. The next second it hit.” - Raymond “Jake” Jaeger “When the crash came I was thrown to the top of the car, turned a somersault and came down. A pile of people fell on me. I kicked out a window and climbed out. I think a woman behind me was killed.” - Sol Greenbaum “I didn't think I'd make it through the war. ...I went through all that in the Pacific only to come home and have this happen. We were in the rear car and our seats faced forward. I got up to put my coat in the (overhead) rack and looked back to see the other train coming.” - Henry Faber “It was worse than anything I ever saw in war!” - George Whitney “That was some wreck. I wonder how many people who live in Naperville now even know the wreck happened.” - Rosie Hodel Image Caption: Chuck Spinner and his wife Patrice are pictured with their son Scott, Scott’s wife, Ellen and their two grandchildren Caleb (left) and Joshua.

About the Author

Chuck was born in 1946 and raised in Naperville,
Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  He graduated from Conception
Seminary College in 1968, but left his seminary studies at that point
and began a 33-year teaching career in the Cleveland, Ohio.
Spinner taught high school Social Studies classes for twenty-one years
in the Parma City School District and for twelve years for the Shaker
Heights City schools.
     Chuck and his wife, Patrice, have been married 41
years.  Their son Scott and his wife, Ellen, have two boys, Caleb
and Joshua, who are the apples of their grandparents' eyes!
Spinner was named a Jennings Scholar and a Jennings
Master Teacher Award recipient in 1979 and has also been designated as
a Kent State Read Scholar and a John D. Rockefeller Scholar.
    Since their marriage in 1970 Chuck and Patrice have
vacationed each summer at Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New
York. In 1998 they realized a life long dream by buying a cottage
on the lake and now live there full time.
     Spinner has always enjoyed writing and since
retirement has enjoyed creating articles in the program for the local
single A Jamestown baseball team.  He also has composed a
religious song "My God has been good to me".
    AuthorHouse published  his first book, A Book of Prayers:
To the Heavens from the Stars ( in 2008.