Pedestrian Dies of Injuries in 1926

(05/30/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/11/1926.

Herold Dies From Injuries

E.C. Herold, Oka merchant and postmaster, who was injured in an auto accident in front of the Hope Natural Gas Company's offices in South Grantsville on November 4th, died at a Spencer hospital Thursday evening of last week.

Mr. Herold was walking along the sidewalk and started to cross the paving.  He stepped in front of a car being driven by Harper Burns, who sounded his horn and thought Mr. Herold would step back on the walk.  Instead the unfortunate man became confused and stepped directly in the path of the car and was struck down.  His head struck the curbing, fracturing the skull and the car passed over his body.

After receiving surgical attention here Mr. Herold was taken to a Spencer hospital where every attempt was made to save his life, but after living a week he succumbed to his injuries.

Mr. Herold was prominent in Washington district, being postmaster and conducting a general mercantile business at Oka.  The tragic accident caused widespread regret and news of his death will be a shock to the community in which he resided.

Bystanders who witnessed the accident are all agreed that no blame attaches to Mr. Burns, who was driving the car, as he is recognized as a careful and skilled driver, and was driving at a moderate rate of speed when the accident occurred.  It was merely one of those unfortunate affairs where no one was particularly to blame, and emphasizes the danger of not being alert on the roads of the present day.


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