Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Herman C. Owens Killed by Hit and Run Driver November 1919

It is not obvious at this point why William Lanning Tucker pinned into his Monday June 16, 1919 diary page this article about Herman C. Owens who was hit by a car in Auburn, New York on November 9 of that year.  I do, however, look forward to learning why this article was important to William. In the meantime, for those whose ancestor was Herman C. Owens, I hope this little tidbit is helpful.

Ithacan Hit by Car, Dies in Hospital
Auburn, Nov. 10 – Herman C. Owens, 56, of Ithaca, who suffered a fracture of the skull when hit by an automobile while crossing a bridge on the Grant avenue road, Elbridge, died at 9:45 o’clock Saturday night in Auburn City Hospital without regaining consciousness. He was in Elbridge visiting his son, Charles H. Owens, a school teacher in that village. The motorist who ran Mr. Owens down did not stop and efforts to learn his identity have been futile.

The plot thickens. According to the Nov. 10, 1919 Auburn Citizen, Mr. Owens was lame and could not get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle. And although the driver escaped identification, it was thought that very driver was the one who delivered Mr. Owens to Auburn Hospital.

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