Tragic Accident at Graded School in 1949


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 been missed.

Following the accident, he was rushed to the Boling Clinic and was pronounced dead on arrival.  Attendants said he suffered a crushed skull and other injuries.

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 shock.

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.