Episode 106: Delivery Driver Has Premonition of Terrible Accident; Proven Right By Flaming Car and Bodies on Ground

In January of 1926, Ed Rinebold was driving his normal newspaper deliver route in western Illinois when he had a strange feeling. The car at the railroad crossing had just been in an accident. He hadn’t heard or seen anything, but just knew that’s what happened. When he went back, the flaming ruins of the car and the bodies on the ground told him he was right. What had happened, and how did Ed know?



Singleton Gardiner Presented Diamond Set Gold Badge for 25 Years Continuous Service.” The Davenport Democrat and Leader, 4/26/1921

2 Dead, 2 Hurt in Crossing Crash.” The Daily Times, 1/12/1926

Singleton Gardiner and Charles Frey Meet Terrible Deaths.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 1/12/1926

Hold Funeral Services for Wreck Victim.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 1/14/1926

Woman Injured in Auto Accident Suing Railway and Estate for $20,000.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 8/19/1926

Claim Plaintiff in $20,000 Suit was Negligent.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 11/22/1926

R.R. Co. Defendant in $20,000 Suit Asking for a Separate Trial.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 12/12/1926

Inkman Damage Case Set for Trial Tuesday.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 2/28/1927

Mrs. Gardiner Called After Long Illness.” Davenport Democrat and Times, 5/29/1930

“Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Davenport Ward 5, Scott, Iowa; Roll: T625_513; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 167

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