It's hard to believe that 75 years have passed since the deadliest accident in Cuyahoga Falls' 203-year history.
On July 31, 1940, the Doodlebug passenger train collided head-on with a 73-car freight train. Forty-three of the 46 passengers on board the Doodlebug died. The Doodlebug was traveling from Hudson to Akron at the time.
In observance of the 75th anniversary of the accident, we are inviting readers to share their own memories or perhaps relay stories they heard from a relative about this tragic day in the city's history. We also encourage the submission of photos and old newspaper clippings.
We will publish excerpts of the written memories, as well as consider re-printing submitted photos and clippings. Please keep your written memories to 300 words or less. Those submitting items should include their name, phone number and city of residence. The written memory published in the paper will include the submitter's name and city of residence. Phone numbers will not be printed in the paper. If you would like to have the submitted photo or clipping returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Submit memories, photos and clippings to Editor Phil Keren via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Doodlebug" or via mail addressed to: Phil Keren, Editor, Cuyahoga Falls News-Press, P.O. Box 5199, 1050 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240. If you have any questions, contact Phil at 330-541-9421.
The deadline to submit material is Aug. 11 at 5 p.m.