Apr. 26, 1916 Martinsville Morgan County Indiana, USA
Nov. 17, 1933 Washington Daviess County Indiana, USA
Mary Catherine Watson was born in Martinsville to Andrew Watson and Mary Catherine Tomey.
MISS CATHERINE WATSON VICTIM OF TRUCK ACCIDENT
Martinsville Girl Died Friday Night In Hospital At Washington
A trip to the Washington-Martinsville basketball game resulted in tragedy when the truck in which fifteen local high school students were riding overturned near Bicknell early Friday night. Miss Catherine Watson was pinned beneath the truck and suffered injuries that caused her death in the Washington hospital a short time later. The other occupants suffered cuts and bruises but were able to return to their homes in this city. The accident occurred as the party was on it's way to the game at Washington. The young people were riding in the truck driven by Maurice Self. The truck plunged off the highway at a dangerous turn known as "Deadman's Curve" a short distance south of Bicknell. After leaving the road the turned over on it's side, pinning Miss Watson beneath it. Other members of the party lifted the vehicle and extricated the girl a few moments before the truck caught fire. Miss Watson, Self, and Jack Burns were taken to the hospital in Washington. The girl was found to be suffering from a severe skull fracture and she died a short time after being admitted. Self and Burns were treated for cuts on the face and Self was kept there. The other occupants of the truck were shaken and bruised but received no injuries that required medical attention. Following the accident, Mayor Lowder was notified and he informed local relatives. Mrs. Roy Martin, an aunt of the Watson girl, Raymond Abbott, an uncle, Mr. Lowder, and Ray Curtis local Mortician, went to Washington and the body was brought back to the Wilhite and Son mortuary Saturday mourning where burial preparations were made. According to information given by Washington hospital attaches, Miss Watson died as she was being taken into surgery, shortly after being admitted to the hospital. She had been riding in the front seat of the truck and as it turned over was thrown out. Self, who was driving the truck, was thrown out, along with Miss Watson, when the vehicle plunged across a ditch after leaving the highway. The two were pinned beneath the car as it turned over on it's side. It was his cries for help that attracted attention of the other occupants of the truck who lifted the heavy vehicle and freed the two young people. The truck caught fire shortly after all the occupants escaped but the flames were extinguished before any damage was done. The injury that proved fatal to Miss Watson was a Basel fracture of the skull. She was rendered unconscious when the accident occurred and died without regaining consciousness. She made her home with her grandmother, Mrs. Joseph Tomey, at 639 East walnut Street. Her parents, A.J. and Mary Tomey Watson, died some number of years ago. The deceased is survived by a sister, Mrs. Arthur McKinney, of Indianapolis, her grandmother, an uncle, Chester Tomey, in Illinois, and six aunts, Mrs. John Hovious, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Newt Powell, Mrs. Charles LaFary, Mrs. Roy Martin, Mrs. Glenn Cramer, and Mrs. R.A. Abbott, this city. Funeral services were held at the Wilhite chapel Monday afternoon at two o'clock conducted by Rev. Millard Springer. The funeral hymns were sung by a quartet composed of Merrill Baker, Harry Stine, Charles Carson, and Frank Teague, with accompaniments by Mrs. Merrill Baker. Pall bearers were Leonard Shaw, Robert Keller, Jack Johnston, William Smith, Lewis Farley, and Leroy Garrison. Flowers were carried by misses Lucille Quakenbush, Pauline Parker, Inez Martindale, Helen Salters, Ruth Watson, Ileen West, Vivian Garrison, and Merie Maxwell. The junior class of the local high school, of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body along with class sponsors and members of the school faculty. Burial was at GreenLawn cemetery south of the city. The funeral services were attended by a very large number of friends of the deceased.