THE STORY OF THE IRON MOUNTAIN BABY


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THE IRON MOUNTAIN BABY & the tiny valise he was found in.  Picture provided courtesy of Cleo Hamby, grand niece of William "Bill" Helms.  Thankyou very much Cleo!

On Aug. 14th, 1902 in Washington County, Missouri a 72 year old farmer, William (Bill) Helms, was near the St.Louis Iron Mountain & Southern railroad trestle over Big River outside of Irondale.  A few minutes after train Number Four had gone by he heard a sound that he thought was mice squeaking. He investigated & found an old fashioned telescope valise with a baby in it. He concluded that the baby had been tossed off the train since the valise was torn & the baby was badly bruised with a dent in it's head among other injuries. It was estimated that the baby was about five days old. An investigation was done but it was never determined who had thrown him from the train.  The Helms family later legally adopted the baby. He was named William Moses Gould Helms - William for his rescuer, Moses for being found by the river, Gould for the owner of the railroad & Helms for his adopted parents.

The Iron Mountain Baby eventually married in St. Louis & had a family of his own & moved to the state of Texas. He died at age 51 on January 31, 1953, was brought back to Washington County (by train) & buried in Hopewell Cemetery. It is uncertain what became of his wife & child as they are not buried beside him.
Story from: "All Aboard" newspaper, Jackson, Mo., 1998 edition;

 

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