Wheeling Intelligencer - Feb 19, 1905.



Thrown to Track and Run Over By Trolley Car
On McColloch Street Sunday Afternoon


Danger Signal Given, But Crew May Be
Held for Criminal Negligence by the Coroner

While returning from a Christian mission, a visit to the sick, Mrs. Mary Wohnhas, an aged and highly respectable German lady of the East End, was run down and almost instantly killed by the "Admiral Dewey" motor car, of the Wheeling & Elm Grove line, on McColloch street, at 4:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Wohnhas and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles Meder, of Wood street, shortly after the noon hour, went to Goosetown, where they visited a sick lady, Mrs. Kurtz, remaining for a considerable length of time. They left the Kurtz home and came up the little roadway leading from that part of the city up on McColloch street, Mrs. Wohnhas was a few steps in the lead and as she was nearing the out-bound trolley line, Mrs. Meder called to her in an effort to warn her of the approaching car. She did not seem to hear Mrs. Meder, and the latter called to her again, but by that time Mrs. Wohnhas had stepped on the track. The car struck her on the left shoulder and threw her to the track, passing over her body and running about fifty feet beyond the motorman could reverse the speed.


At the time of the accident, the funeral procession of Albert Vermillion, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, was passing. The procession halted, and a large crowd congregated around the mangled form of the unfortunate woman. George Kurner, one of the number in the procession, ran to her assistance, and found on raising her head tenderly that she was unconscious and presumably beyond all human aid. Leaving her to the care of others he ran to a nearby telephone and summoned the city ambulance, which arrived in a very short time. Meanwhile Dr. Steinrod, who happened to be in the near vicinity, was summoned. On the arrival of the ambulance, Mrs. Wohnhas was hurriedly driven to the City hospital, Dr. Steinrod accompanying.

At the hospital, Dr. Hupp had been informed and was in waiting but when the prostrate form was pulled out on the stretcher, and an examination made, it was found that she had died on the way to the hospital. She was then taken to her home at No. 156 Fourteenth street, where strange to say, her only son, Charles Wohnhas, had just been informed of his mother's terrible plight. He was greatly overcome with grief, and many kind friends consoled him.


Mrs. Wohnhas was in the seventy-second year of her age, and was born in Germany. She came to this country in 1860, locating with her parents in Cincinnati, and from that city they removed to Evansville, where she was married to the late John Wohnhas, who was a glassworker in the Central glass works for a number of years, and who died on July 7th, 1902. To the union one son was born, who is Mr. Chas. Wohnhas, a well known stogiemaker at Marsh & Son's tobacco house. Mr. And Mrs. Wohnhas came to Wheeling 29 years ago, and since their residence here won many warm friends. They united with St. John's German Independent Protestant church on Market street, and were devout members. Mrs. Wohnhas was also a member of the Daughters of Rebecca of this city. There are no relatives in this country, except the only son mentioned.


County Coroner W. W. Rogers was informed of the accident, shortly after it occurred, and arrived at the Wohnhas home on Fourteenth street after the remains had been taken there. The coroner questioned a large number of witnesses, and made general investigations as far as could be made at the time. He was accompanied by his constable, W. W. Echols and up to the last evening 16 witnesses had been summoned to appear at the inquest, which is set for 1 o'clock this afternoon at the coroner's office on Twentieth street. There are three more witnesses wanted in the case.

A subpoenae has also been issued for Geo. B. Whitecotton, motorman of the car, and also for Frank Gates, the conductor. A number of passengers on the front of the car at the time of the accident stated to the coroner last evening that the motorman sounded his danger signal repeatedly and was endeavoring to stop the car at the time. Owing to the down grade, however, he could not have done so, it is believed, on so short a notice, as Mrs. Wohnhas was less than 150 feet away when he saw her. The car was believed to be running at a speed of about 12 miles an hour. Other passengers were of the opinion that the motorman could have stopped the car in time to avoid the accident, and some of them, apparently friends of the Wohnhas family, took the liberty to make a statement of the case to a deputy sheriff, urging that the crew be arrested and held to answer questions of negligence. This official called on Justice Anderson, and enquired about issuing warrants. The squire told him he had no jurisdiction in the case, and referred him to Coroner Rogers.

In conversation with Coroner Rogers last evening, he stated that he had consulted Attorney R. M. Addleman on the subject, and found there was no provision for issuing warrants in the case, so the crew will be expected to appear and testify at the inquest in the same manner as other witnesses.

When the remains were turned over to the Undertaker Bertchy, the body was found to be horribly mangled and almost cut in two, indicating that death resulted almost instantly.


Wheeling Intelligencer - June 10, 1892.



At the Same Place where an Accident Occurred Three Weeks Ago a B.&O. Train Runs Down a Street Car -- The Conductor Fails to See the Approaching Train, and a Horrible Accident Ensues --No Regular Flagman on the Freight Train, Which Was Backing Down --The Coroner's Jury Blames the Street Car Conductors.

A horrible accident in which two women were fatally injured, and four men narrowly escaped a fearful death, occurred yesterday morning at about ten minutes to 8 o'clock.

The accident was caused by the carelessness or neglect of Charles Schrader, the conductor of electric motor J. The coroner's jury, which held an inquest on the remains of Miss Kate Fitzpatrick, found a verdict ascribing the accident to Schrader's carelessness. In view of the testimony, it is impossible to see how the jury could have rendered any other verdict.

According to the rules of the street car company, all cars are obliged to come to a full stop within a certain number of feet of any railroad crossing; the conductor is instructed to go ahead and to signal to the operator on the car to come ahead, the latter not being allowed to proceed, until he has received orders from the conductor. It has become a matter of comment, that these regulations of the company are frequently carelessly observed by the men on the cars. The particular crossing in question is at the summit of a steep grade, and people living in the vicinity say it is only seldom that the cars are stopped, the steepness of the grade preventing an easy start, after a full stop has been made. The street crosses the tracks of the B.&O., just north of Boggs Run near the old tannery in Upper Benwood. A similar accident, in which fortunately no lives were lost, occurred at the same place about three weeks ago.


Car J, of the electric motor line, was in charge of Conductor Charles Schrader and Motorman Lee Hendrix, and was on its way down to Benwood. Two ladies, Miss Kate Fitzpatrick, a well known music teacher and Mrs. Delia Miller, wife of Charles Miller, salesman for Waterhouse Bros., was in the front part of the car, both on their way to Benwood to attend the funeral of Miss Anna Deegen. Three men were in the car, and the fourth stood outside on the platform. Conductor Schrader got off the car, and looked on ahead to see if no train was approaching either way on the B.&O. tracks. He motioned to Hendrix to stop, and the 8 o'clock accommodation from the east thundered by going north. The conductor motioned the operator to come ahead, and as the car got to him he jumped into the cab at the front end of the car. At that moment a freight train backing towards the south crashed with the electric car, about six feet from the end of the rear platform, and threw the car off the track. The sound of the crashing glass was heard above the grinding of the wheels, and when the train stopped, before the engine had reached the crossing, the heartrending moans of the wounded women could be heard. Miss Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Miller were both lying across the track, about five feet apart. The bystanders rushed up to lend their assistance, scarcely recognizing what had happened, so quickly had the accident occurred. Five gondola freight cars had passed over the limbs of the two ladies, and both had to be lifted from underneath the cars. They were handled as tenderly as possible. Ed. Pearl, the saloonkeeper, whose house is immediately adjoining the place of the accident, brought out some comforts and bed clothing. He wanted to carry the ladies into the house, and brought out boards for that purpose, but everybody was so excited that he could get no assistance, and for nearly a half hour the wounded


The cars had passed over Miss Fitzpatrick's limbs just below the hips, mangling them dreadfully. She was conscious and spoke to the men who lifted her on the stretcher on which she was carried to her home. She died at twenty-five minutes to ten o'clock. Mrs. Miller's injuries, although necessarily fatal, were not so horribly crushed, the car wheels having passed diagonally over her limbs, extending from above the foot of the left to above the knee of the right limb. Five minutes after the accident a carriage drove up containing some of her friends who were going to the funeral. Some delay was experienced, owing to the excitement, until finally Mrs. Miller was placed inside the carriage and taken to the house of her mother, Mrs. Lantry, corner of Forty-sixth and Jacob.

Her husband was in Bellaire, and he heard of the accident and hurried to her side. She died last night at – minutes to eleven o'clock.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was about fifty-four years of age, and had lived for years with her brother, Michael Fitzpatrick, a bachelor, in a neat house on Wall Street west of Jacob. Mr. Fitzpatrick heard of the accident before his sister's lifeless body was moved, and his grief was heart-breaking.

The other passengers in the car had narrow escapes, W. H. Woodruff, a reporter? For the Evening News, had just stepped inside the car. As he was about to sit down he saw the train backing down and made a break for the platform. The train struck the car and threw him out and down over the embankment. Andrew Kerns and C. Barrett had already jumped off the platform.

Harry Rumble, another passenger escaped without injury. Whether he got out of a window, or through the hole knocked in the side of the car, or whether he jumped off the platform, he did not remember. John Emsheimer, a puddler?, was thrown against a tele…. (missing)


The Testimony Proves That Conductor Shrader Was Negligent
No Flagman on the Train

About half-past three o'clock, Acting Coroner Henry Riddle impaneled a jury and the inquest was held in the parlor of the Fitzpatrick residence. F. N. Bowers acted as clerk. The following gentlemen were on the jury: Charles Holderman, Thomas McAuliff, A. M. Thomas, C. H. Seabright, J. F. A. Smith and William Niedermayer. The first witness called was Lee Hendrix, operator. In answer to the coroner and several of the jurymen, he said that he was the operator on car J. As he approached the railroad crossing he stopped the car. The conductor waved him to come on ahead and when he got on the track and saw the train coming, it was too late. He said he could not see the train in time to stop. The conductor was on the track when he flagged him to come ahead. The conductor then came toward the car and got in the cab before the car reached the track. When he stopped the car before reaching the crossing, he was about twenty feet from the crossing.

Charles Schrader, the conductor of the car, said that he saw the train going north. He got out of the car and after it had passed he flagged the car to come ahead after looking up and down the track. He started back to the car. He heard no signal from the engine. He was standing close to the track when the up train went by. The operator spoke to him as he got into the cab, about fifteen seconds after he had flagged the car to come ahead. When the car stopped to wait on the up train it was about fifteen from the track. The operator could see the movements of the train that struck the car from where he stopped. He himself saw the down train when he flagged ahead, but as it was a gondola car he saw, he could not tell that it was coming toward him. He thought the train was running at the rare of twenty-five miles an hour. After the accident he went up to Forty-fifth street. The ladies who were hurt were on the south side of the car, and when he saw them again they were under the freight cars.

C. Barrett said he was a passenger on the car. The car stopped before it got to the crossing, and the operator asked the conductor if he should come ahead. The conductor


When he himself saw the train he jumped off. When the car stopped to wait on the up train it was three or four feet from the track. Mr. Barret said he did not hear the train give any signals.

Andy Kerns said he was on the hind end of the car, and saw the conductor get off to signal, but did not remember whether the car stopped or not. He was on the platform when he saw the train coming and jumped. He heard no signals from the engine, and thought the train was running twelve miles an hour. The operator, from his post in the cab, could see a train coming either way, from the north or the south. He did not see the conductor until after the accident, and then saw him on the east side of the wreck.

George Murray said he lived close by the place where the accident occurred. He saw the up train go by, and saw the conductor wave his hand to the operator to come ahead. The car did not stop before it reached the crossing. The conductor was on the crossing looking south, when he flagged the operator. If he had looked north he could have seen the approaching freight and averted the accident. The cars sometimes came to a full stop at the crossing, and sometimes they did not. The conductor had plenty of time to have prevented the accident. Mr. Murray said he heard the engine give no signals.

Ed. Pearl said he was standing on his doorstep at the time of the accident. He saw the conductor walk toward the track as the train from the east was going up. He did not notice whether the conductor signaled the operator to come ahead or not. The street car had stopped, and the looked down the track, but did not look up, and flagged the operator to come ahead. The witness said he heard no signals from the engine. If the conductor had looked up the track he might have prevented the accident.


M. J. Brannen said he was the conductor of the yard train. He had just left the coal chute, and was taking nine gondola cars to Riverside. The front car was crossing when the street car appeared. The engineer blew down brakes. The train was running eight or nine miles an hour.

John Cusack, the engineer, said he blew for the crossing just after he left the coal chute, and then blew again. As soon as he saw the street car he whistled down brakes and reversed his engine.

F. F. Wigfield, a brakeman, said he heard the engineer blow down brakes. He looked ahead and saw the car about four feet from the track. The train was running seven or eight miles an hour. The engineer had already blown twice for the crossing, the second time about four car lengths from the crossing. After striking the car, the train ran four or five car lengths beyond the crossing. The witness said he did not notice whether there was a flagman or not; he was busy with the brake. He did not know who was the flagman. He thought the flagman was two or three cars from the front end.

Harvey J. Fee, the fireman, said the engineer blew for the crossing at the culvert, and then again. When they saw the car coming toward the track, the engineer whistled down-brakes and reversed the engine. The train was going at the rate of seven or eight miles an hour. He could not say where the flagman was, though he ought to be on the first or second car.

I. N. Hedge, a brakeman, said that he was near the head end of the train and saw the car. He signaled to the engineer, who whistled brakes. Hedge did not know but that the gondola might be thrown off the track and he ….. (missing)

After hearing the testimony, the jury retired, and in about fifteen minutes returned the verdict that Miss Kate Fitzpatrick had come to her death by being run over by a train of cars on the B.&O. railroad, at the Boggs Run crossing, in a collision with a street car and the accident was due to the carelessness of the street car conductor, Charles Schrader.


Wheeling Register – Sept. 9, 1905.



Fuse Blew Out On Car No. 22, and Flame Enveloped Front of Car,
Throwing Passengers in Panic, and Many Jumped.

Injured Man Taken to North Wheeling Hospital,
Where Operation Was Performed

Two Ladies Severely Bruised,
And Narrowly Escaped Fatal Injuries in Jumping

John W. McDermott, the well known constable of Ritchie district, met with a most distressing accident in jumping from car No. 22, of the Wheeling Traction Co. on Main street at ten minutes to 6 o'clock last evening, which resulted in the amputation of both legs just below the knees, the operation being performed between 7 and 8 o'clock at the North Wheeling Hospital by Drs. Noome?, Wingerter, Howell and two other physicians.

Mr. McDermott was employed at the South Front street gate to the State Fair grounds, and shortly before 6 o'clock he and a friend, Walter Shields, mounted a car for over in the city.

The car was very much crowded and the two jumped onto the front of the car, where also were a number of ladies. When the car reached a point directly in front of the McCreary department store on Main street, and was descending the grade, a fuse blew out and enveloped the whole front of the car in a blinding sheet of flame. The motorman was almost stunned by the combustion and was utterly powerless to bring the car to a stop, nor did the conductor have time to throw off the trolley pole. When the car was about in front of the Bon Ton store, Mr. McDermott, who was sitting on the east side of the front seat, arose and jumped off. In jumping he lost his balance and his feet slipped on the running board, precipitating him on the pavement close by the side of the car in such a manner as to throw his legs around over the rail. Both of his legs were run over by the front and rear wheels of the front truck, and he was dragged for about 15 feet before the motorman could stop the car, which was going at quite a speed. McDermott's right leg was cut completely off just above the ankle, and the left one was horribly mangled, making it necessary to amputate both as stated.

The unfortunate man was quickly picked up by Mr. Shields and several others and carried into Marsh's furniture store. Louis Bertschy who witnessed the accident from his place of business on the west side of the street, ran over to assist in taking care of McDermott, and as soon as possible tied some rope around both legs above the knees to prevent loss of blood. Officer Nick Garden, who was also on the car telephoned for an ambulance, which arrived shortly.


Mr. McDermott was placed on a stretcher and carried out of the store. As he was carried through the crowd that lined along the walk, he said: "My God, what will become of my family?" It was a touching scene as the ambulance hurried the injured man away to the hospital. While he lost a considerable amount of blood, he was not rendered unconscious by the shock, and shortly after 7 o'clock he was placed under the influence of anesthetics and the operation performed.


Between the blaze in the front of the car, and seeing the body of McDermott dragging at the side of the car, many passengers were panic-stricken and screamed. This caused a number to also jump on the impulse of the moment, and two ladies, who jumped from the east side of the car were quite severely injured, but were able to return to their homes. Several ladies who were on the front of the car, were hurried back over the seats when they attempted to get off in front, and but for the presence of mind of the motorman and others, they too might have met with serious accidents.

Mr. McDermott is one of the best known constables throughout the Wheeling district, and his appalling accident is deeply deplored by his many friends. Coming over on the car, he was telling Mr. Shields that he intended to resume his occupation as nail feeder when the mill started up in a few days. He has been a hard-working man, and from the fact that he has a wife and five children, makes the accident a particularly sad one.

Aside from a few bruises, Mr. McDermott's injuries are about as stated, and at last reports from the hospital last reports from the hospital last night, he was resting easy.

Wheeling Register, Sept 10, 1905


Friends Have Raised Nearly $200 for Him,
And Subscriptions Will Continue

The condition of Constable John W. McDermott, who was seriously injured in a trolley accident on Main street Thursday evening, was somewhat alarming late last evening, but as he is receiving the most careful treatment at the North Wheeling Hospital it is believed that his injuries will not prove fatal.

Fortunately, thus far, the physicians have not deemed it necessary to amputate but the right leg below the knew, and have reasoned that it would be better to take a chance and see if the left leg would heal before performing an operation. The left limb was so badly mangled when the examination was made that the physician's on the start did not see how an amputation could be avoided.

At the hospital yesterday many of Mr. McDermott's friends called but the authorities did not deem it wise to admit them at his bedside. Early yesterday morning a subscription paper was started by Officers Echols, ex-Officer Hanke and others, and late in the afternoon nearly $200 was raised. Today an organized effort will be made among the constables and other officials and friends of the unfortunate man, and it is expected that a considerable amount of money can be raised. Mr. Hanke, after obtaining permission from the fair management, placed a subscription box up at the main gate to the fair grounds with an explanatory sign, and it was noticed that small subscriptions were pouring in lively for the greater part of the afternoon. Any contributions for this cause that may be left at the accounting room of this Register will be receipted for and turned over to the proper parties.

Wheeling Register, Sept 11, 1905


Passed Away at North Wheeling Hospital
at 10 o'clock Yesterday Morning

Constable John W. McDermott, who met with fatal injuries in a street car accident on Main street Thursday evening, passed peacefully away shortly after 10 o'clock yesterday morning, at the North Wheeling Hospital, where he has been lingering between life and death since the amputation of his right leg below the knee. At the time of his death there were present Father Rossman, of the Church of the Sacred Heart, the hospital nurse, and a sister of the deceased. Mr. McDermott is said to have died from utter exhaustion, due to the great loss of blood before the operation was performed.

The funeral services will occur from the late home at No. 2340 Wood street, Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock, and at the Cathedral at 9 o'clock. All members of the Parke Division of the A. O. H. were called to meet at their hall, corner Twelfth and Market streets, at 8 o'clock Monday morning for the purpose of attending the funeral in a body. Mullen and Benwood divisions are also expected to attend. The interment will be at Mt. Calvary cemetery.

John W. McDermott was 42 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Wheeling when a boy with his mother from St. Louis Mo., his father having passed away in that city shortly before their removal here. He learned the trade of a nail feeder and worked in the LaBelle mill for many years. His mother died a number of years ago. About 20 years ago, Mr. McDermott was married to Miss Emma Maher, of Wheeling, and to them were born five children, William, John, Mary, Jane and James, the eldest of whom is 19 years of age. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, United Workmen and the Mongullians, and the obsequies will be held under the auspices of these orders.

Being of a genial disposition, an industrious workman and willing to help others as far as his means would permit, he won the friendship of many, and when he applied for the appointment of lock-up keeper under Chief of Police Delbrugge in 1891 the position was readily granted him. He was later elected constable of Webster district. He has been a constable and at the time of his death was serving in that capacity…


A subscription fund of several hundred dollars is being raised and will be turned over to the family of the unfortunate man. In another column will be found an announcement for a base ball game, the proceeds of which will go into the general fund. It is likely that the constables of the various districts will hold a meeting and pass resolutions of condolence.


Wheeling Register, Dec 23, 1897


The Injuries Which He Received Terminated Fatally.

General Sorrow Expressed Concerning the Sad Accident of Tuesday Night –
A Brief Sketch of the Long and Useful Career of One of Wheeling's
Most Prominent and Highly Esteemed Citizens

Louis C. Stifel is dead.

The injuries which he received in the accident which resulted from his attempt to alight from a moving W. & E. G. train Tuesday night, as detailed in the Register, were more serious than at first supposed. As is frequently the case, the shock proved more serious than the actual injuries. After his arm was amputated, the unfortunate man rallied somewhat and talked to the relatives who stood at his bedside. The attending physicians and his host of warm friends entertained a hope of his speedy recovery, but when the reaction came he sank rapidly, and passed away early yesterday morning.

The news of his death came as a severe shock to his friends, particularly to those who had conversed with him and found him in excellent health and spirits a few hours before. Few men in the community were more widely known or held in higher esteem.

In the death of Mr. Stifel, the community loses a public spirited citizen. He was earnest in his advocacy and support of every measure which he considered conducive to the public good, but his modesty prevented him from taking a prominent part in movement of this character. He never turned a deaf ear to solicitation for a deserving cause whether it were a business or social matter, or an appeal for charity. He was actuated in all he did by his sense of right, and his integrity of character was never called into question. Although a life-long Democrat, he was always conservative. If he had sought political position, the number of his warm friends justifies the statement that he might have had anything within the gift of the people. He was elected a member of the State Legislature in 1869, and from 1871 to 1874 was a member of the Board of Education. Subsequently he declined to be a candidate for any position although always manifesting a lively interest in politics.

Those who knew Mr. Stifel best appreciated the social side of his nature. He was always genial and companionable, warm-hearted and generous. He was a member of the Arion, the representative German-American social organization of this city, and at the same time of his death was president of the society. He manifested a great interest in this club and his advice was frequently sought and valued.

Mr. Stifel was a son of John Louis Stifel, a native of Wurtemburg, Germany, and one of the early German residents of Wheeling. Mr. J. L. Stifel was a dyer by trade, and also learned the art of calico printing. He came to America in 1833, settling in Philadelphia, and subsequently moving to Bethlehem, Pa., where he worked in woolen mills. He walked to this city, arriving in 1834, and with a very limited capital opened a small dying establishment. In 1835 he was married to Barbara Becht, then a resident of Steubenville. Mr. Stifel began to enlarge his business, purchasing calico from local merchants and printing it by hand. He is said to have conducted the first establishment in the United States for printing yard-wide indigo blue calico.

In 1844 Mr. Stifel removed his factory to the present location at the corner of Ninth and Main Streets, and his sons, Louis C. and William F., became partners under the firm name of J. L. Stifel & Sons, which has never been changed. From time to time improvements were made in the print works, up to 1870, when the senior Stifel retired from the business. The plant has been enlarged and improved since and now furnishes employment to a large number of persons. Mr. J. L. Stifel was prominent in all local affairs, and held several positions of honor and trust. He died in 1881.

Mr. Louis C. Stifel was born in Wheeling September 30, 1838, and was therefore in the sixtieth year of his age at the time of his death. He was one of a family of eleven children, of whom but three survive him. They are: William F., who was associated with Louis C., in the calico works; Charles G., of Allegheny, partner in the Keifer & Stifel tannery; and Geo. E., the dry goods merchant. Another brother, Dr. A. F. Stifel, died a few years ago. Mr. William Stifel was in the East at the time of the accident, and returned home last night.

Mr. Stifel was married August 6, 1867, to Elizabeth Stamm, who died in 1882, leaving six children. It was while on his way to attend a birthday celebration by his wife's mother that Mr. Stifel met with the accident which caused his death. Two sons and five daughters survive him. They are Edward W. and Henry G., who are engaged as chemists with the calico works; Marie, wife of Dr. Oscar Burdatts; and Misses Laura, Cornelia and Elizabeth.

Mr. Stifel's business career has been marked by energy, enterprise and upright methods. The calico works has extended its trade and increased its capacity. The tact and ability which he displayed in the conduct of his own business led to his association with others in various enterprises. He was a Director in the Wheeling Steel and Iron Company, the Franklin Insurance Company, the old Belmont glass works, the Wheeling & Belmont Bridge Company, the Natural Gas Company of West Virginia, and was interested in the Children's Home.

Mr. Stifel's death took place at 5:15 o'clock yesterday morning. The remains were taken from the Stamm Hotel to the family residence at No. 847 Main Street, last evening. The arrangements for the funeral have been completed. It will take place Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock. The interment will be private.

Submitted by Sandra Ferguson.


Walking Toward the Car With Head Down, and Did Not
Hear it Approaching, Near Pryor's Station This Side of Elm
Death Occurred Almost Instantly and Body was Badly Mangled

Accident Unavoidable
Car was Going Down Incline, and the Track was Icy

Coroner Viewed Remains

A most sad and deplorable accident occurred near the Pryor Station, this side of Elm Grove about 5:30 o'clock Monday evening, in which Mrs. R. J. Bullard was almost instantly killed. Mrs. Bullard had been to the Bedillion general store at Elm Grove, and was returning home with a few small parcels in her arms. The Bullard home is in Park View, a distance of about a mile from the store and for some reason or other, Mrs. Bullard decided to walk home. Coming up the grade of the National Pike, the wind and rain was blowing in her face and this, coupled with the fact that who was hard of hearing, prevented her from seeing or hearing the car which was coming down the incline at a rapid rate. The car which struck the unfortunate woman was # 21, being one of the extras leaving the city about 5:00 o'clock. The crew consisted of Walter Davis, conductor and Clarence Morrison, motorman.

As is known the tracks were very slippery at the time of the accident and motorman Morrison claims that he saw Mrs. Bullard ahead of the car for some distance but at the time who was not on the track. When he saw her the second time, she was on the track and he gave the warning repeatedly, and at the same time made an effort to reduce the speed of the car, but he found it difficult to do so for the reason that the rails were icy. An island before the car struck the unfortunate woman, she looked up, but it was too late.

The car struck her on the right side of the head ad body and passed completely over her. The motorman succeeded in getting the car stopped near the switch and Mrs. Bullard was carried down to the car which struck her in a half conscious condition. Dr. Cracraft was immediately summoned, but before he arrived, the soul had passed to its maker.

An examination was hurriedly made and it was found that the right side of the skull was badly fractured and the right limb horrible mangled below the knee. Evidently the fracture of the skull caused death. The body was otherwise badly bruised.

Mrs. Bullard was the wife of R. J. Bullard, manager of the Bullard Printing company on Main Street, and friends notified him at his place of business of te sad occurrence. He, with his brother, Dr. Bullard, and other relatives immediately went to the scene of the accident. At 9:00 o'clock last evening the remains were removed to this city and taken to the Bertschy undertaking rooms.

County Coroner Fitzpatrick was notified of the accident and accompanied by officer Humen, went out to Elm Grove to make the customary examinations. It was not possible to set the date of in inquest late last evening, because the witnesses had not been summoned.

Mrs. Bullard was formerly Miss Alice O. Smith of Middleport, Ohio. She is survived by her husband and 4 children; Dr. Ernest Bullard, Mrs Ross Robinson, of Martin's Ferry, and Misses Mabel and Hazel Bullard, who reside at the home at park View.


by Leslie E. Morningstar, 1905

(W. & E. G. = Wheeling & Elm Grove)

Mrs R. J. Bullard was killed on W & E. G. Motor line at Park View, Dec. 21, 1903.

Mrs. Mary Wohnhaus run down and killed by W. & E. G. car, in East End. Feb 19, 1905.

Constable John W. McDermott loses both legs in street car accident on Main street. Sept 8, 1904; died Sept 10, 1904.

Louis C. Stifel, from accident on W. & E. G. Dec. 22, 1897.

Street cars attacked by mob Jan 28, 1893.

W. & E. G. granted franchise into city Aug 16, 1876.

Street car strike on Sept 2, 1900.

Street car employees strike Jan 23, 1893.

Petition for settlement in street car strike signed Feb 24, 1893.

W & E. G. propose to change from steam to electricity April 13, 1897.

L. G. Hallock to construct city end of W. & E. G. electric line Aug 14, 1897.

First car run over W & E. G. electric line Jan 8, 1898.

W. & E. G. electric road starts on schedule time Aug 17, 1898.

Street car strike settled and traffic resumes June 30, 1899.

W. & E. G. runs spur to Mt. de Chantal. April 16, 1903.

Street car men get advance to 21 cents. June 5, 1903.

W. & E. G. sold to John A. Howard for $1,200,000. Aug 24, 1904.

Boggs run street car accident, 2 women killed. June 10, 1892.

Note from Donna Phillips,

"My grandfather and grandmother met on the Wheeling trolley. My grandfather tripped over something and told my "to be" grandmother, "I'm sorry but I just washed my feet and I can't do anything with them." Cool line, huh?? They were Edna and Westley Hartley eventually.