Roller Coaster Accident at Summit Beach (Part 8)

Roller Coaster accident - 1918-07-10, p. 1

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Dennis Glassford Reported In Dying Condition at Peoples’ Hospital


George Bricker is Released by Police After They Conclude Investigation

With investigators into Sunday night’s fatal accident on the big Summit Beach roller coaster divided into two camps, one supporting the theory that the coaster train was derailed by a block of wood deliberately placed on the track of the ascent for the purpose of causing trouble and the other scouting this theory, further progress in the probe seems doubtful.

A fifth victim of the crash, in the person of Dennis Glassford, is reported at the People’s Hospital as likely to die at any moment.

Following the police Investigation conducted Tuesday George Bricker, arrested Sunday as a suspect, was released by the police who admitted that their investigations had failed to involve Bricker in the affair. Bricker, who was discharged from one of the concessions also managed by J. M. Kaster, manager of the “Over the Top” attraction proved to the satisfaction of the police that he was on duty at another concession at the park all of Sunday evening and that he could have had no part in the accident.

“Fifth Victim of Park Crash May Die Today,” Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio), 10 July 1918, p. 1, col. 1.

A very special “thank you” is in order for the Special Collections Department of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. I emailed my request for more information regarding the roller coaster accident on Saturday and received the results in less than 24 hours. Since I received several days worth of information, I will be breaking the story down into smaller chunks for the rest of this week.

6 thoughts on “Roller Coaster Accident at Summit Beach (Part 8)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Ha Ha! I bet if you do a Google search, your blog will come up! …unless there are dozens of other George Brickers.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      That is definitely a problem! I have my blog so well tagged at this point that I keep running into my own work. 🙂 I would probably try looking for George or Leo in census records first.


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