|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1848|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1908|
Daughter of Isaac and Isabella (Ramage) Hershberger. Married ca. 1871, Daniel McMahon (d. 1879). Married 1 Jul 1880, Frankstown to William Cartwright. She was a devoted member of the Hollidaysburg Methodist church. Died of burns received in an accidental fire in her home. Children: Mary McMahon, Cora McMahon Hamilton, Sarah Cartwright Knighton, Homer Cartwright, Nora Cartwright Loder, William Cartwright. Sister of Wilson, Samuel and William Hershberger, Mary Ling and Emma Smith.
Hollidaysburg Standard, 19 March 1908:
"Mrs Cartwright, a widow, aged 58 years, was fatally burned at her home on Front street at 1:30 on Sunday morning. Mrs. Cartwright had gotten up to get a drink of water, and lighting a lamp went down stairs to obtain it. In setting the lamp on a stand she got it too close to the edge and it fell to the floor, exploding and scattering the burning oil. In her efforts to extinguish the flames her clothing took fire. Her two sons who were sleeping up stairs were awakened and started down the stairs to her assistance, but the flames had gained such headway in the room that they were forced to return and jump from an upstairs window. Breaking open the kitchen door they succeeded in reaching their mother who was then enveloped in flames. They extinguished them as quickly as possible, but not until she was fatally burned. The unfortunate woman suffered until 7:30 o'clock when death mercifully came to her relief. She is survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters."
Altoona Mirror, 16 March 1908:
"Mrs. Martha Cartwright, widow of William Cartwright, was fatally burned yesterday morning about 1:30 o'clock in an accident with a coal oil lamp at her home on North Front street, Hollidaysburg. The unfortunate woman had gotten up to get a drink, and lighting a small bedroom lamp she preceded downstairs, where she placed the lamp on a small table. However the lamp was too near the edge of the table and it tipped over, falling on the floor. In her excitement to smother the flames with a rug, Mrs. Cartwright upset another stand on which was a large lamp, containing about two quarts of oil, which instantly ignited, enveloping her body in flames.
Mrs. Cartwright's cries for assistance awakened her two sons, William and Homer Cartwright, who were sleeping in the room overhead. Hearing the flames below crackling, and fearing the entire lower floor was destroyed, the two boys jumped out of their bedroom window into the back yard, where they rushed to the back door of the house and tried to batter it down, but their efforts were unsuccessful. They next broke opened a window, rescued their mother by dragging her through the same means of exit into the open air, and extinguished the flames as best they could. The dying woman managed to totter about 100 feet to the home of Mr. William Hilins on North Front street, where Dr. J.R. Humes and Dr. Samuel C. Smith were summoned and did everything to relive the woman's suffering. She was, however, past the aid of all medical science and after six hours, during which she was perfectly conscious, death mercifully came at 7 o'clock this morning. Before she died, Mrs. Cartwright told the story of her accident to her daughter.
At 1:15 o'clock the general fire alarm was given and the Phoenix firemen came upon the scene in time to save the house from destruction. In his efforts to save his mother, William Cartwright was badly cut by window glass and burned about the left hand. Dr. Humes dressed the injuries. Mrs. Cartwright's maiden name was Harshberger, and she was born in Frankstown September 9, 1847, being 61 years of age. Her husband, William Cartwright, died eleven years ago. The deceased had resided in this community for twenty-two years, and was a devout member of the Methodist church. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, William and Homer and Jennie, wife of Joseph Hamilton of Gaysport, Miss Norah of Pittsburgh, and Sarah, wife of Clement Knighton, York, Pa. Mr. William Hershberger of Hollidaysburg is a brother and Miss Mary Ling of Frankstown is a sister of the deceased. The body will be taken on the 9 o'clock train tomorrow morning to Frankstown, where the funeral services will be held in the Methodist church of that place. Interment will be made in the Geeseytown cemetery."
Isaac Hershberger (1805 - 1854)
Isabella Ramage Hershberger (1816 - 1871)
Daniel McMahon (1849 - 1879)*
William Cartwright (1851 - 1898)*
Cora Jane McMahon Hamilton (1875 - 1937)*
Sarah Ann Cartwright Knighton (1881 - 1914)*
Homer Franklin Cartwright (1882 - 1918)*
Eleanor Belle Cartwright Loder (1884 - 1951)*
William Henry Cartwright (1886 - 1943)*
Created by: Zella
Record added: Jul 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11428181
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