|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/8/1949.
James Strader is Killed Instantly
One of the most tragic accidents in recent years in the county occurred
last Thursday noon when James Lowell Strader, son of the Rev. and Mrs.
George L. Strader, was killed instantly when struck by an automobile in
front of the Grantsville Graded school
The driver of the car which hit the youngster was said to be Ernest
Grover of Park, W. Va., a salesman for the Clarksburg Drug company
The boy, familiarly known as "Butch," was playing ball during the school
noon recess, and ran out into the highway to retrieve a ball which had
Following the accident, he was rushed to the Boling Clinic and was pronounced
dead on arrival. Attendants said he suffered a crushed skull and
After an investigation by state police and local officers Grover was
released with no charges being preferred against him. He was taken
to the Boling Clinic immediately following the accident and treated for
In addition to his parents, the boy is survived by four sisters, Misses
Mary Eleanor and Elizabeth Rose Strader, both at home, Mrs. Donald Stewart
of Huntington and Mrs. Andrew Stemple of Grantsville; one brother, Neal
Strader of Toledo, O.; his grandparents, I.N. Howes of Grantsville and
Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Strader of Crawford, W. Va.
Funeral services were held at the Grantsville Methodist church Sunday
morning at 10:30 with the Rev. O.E. Mercer of Weston and the Rev. B.M.
Mitchell of Grantsville officiating. Brief services were also held
in Huntington at three o'clock Sunday afternoon, where interment was made
in the Woodmyre cemetery.
Pallbearers were members of the Boy Scouts and honorary pallbearers
were members of the Cub Scouts.