|Birth: ||Aug. 13, 1894|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1915|
"DOUGLAS GRAY" TAKEN
AS HIS RACING NAME
LIFE SNUFFED OUT UNDER A BIG
STUTZ RACING CAR—PASSENGER
The body of Stephen Arthur Douglas Genslinger was brought to Piqua from Columbus yesterday for burial arriving In the city at 8 o'clock in the evening.
October 13, 1915 at 10 o'clock the funeral was held a quiet service being conducted in the chapel at Forest Hill cemetery by the Rev. W. H. Allison, rector of St. James Episcopal Church. The service was attended by only the immediate relatives. Interment was in Forest Hill cemetery.
Since the arrival in the city of Mr Cecil Genslinger, of Buffalo, with his brother's body it has been learned that the young man met an untimely, death in the Columbus 100 mile race on last Sunday. He had adopted as his racing name Douglas Gray and as such the report of the accident was published in the papers of Monday. Gray was the family name of his mother.
The following account Is given of the manner in which the young man met his death. It reads:
"Douglas Gray, 23, amateur auto racer, who had entered the Columbus 100-mile race, was instantly Killed yesterday afternoon when a front tire of his Stutz racing machine blew out causing his car to turn over on him. He was accompanied by a Columbus chauffeur named Robinson, who sustained internal injuries in the crash. Robinson died two nights later.The accident happened before any of the races had been run. "Gray's" car had not been acting right and tests were made to find out what the trouble was.Nearing the quarter stretch the front tire of his machine blew out. The. driver lost control of the car when the steering gear broke. He made an effort to stop the car by applying the emergency brake. Pivoted on the back wheels it plunged-over twice. At the time of the accident the spend was estimated at 50 miles an hour.
Robinson accompanied Gray to watch how the car was working.
Gray had realized that his machine was not in the best of working order for the races, and his mechanician,wild H. N. Sherrick,aged 22, of Lima,he set to work to repair it.The mechanician found one of the cylinders was working badly, and said the car should be tested on track to ascertain the exact nature of the trouble.
Robinson, a bystander, overheard the conversation and asked Gray to permit him to ride on the trial trip. His request was granted and Sherrick remained behind.
The car was making about 30 miles on the first trip around the track when Sherrick signaled to Gray to slow up and stop on his next trip around.
As the car was making the first turn at the south end of the track, the two right tires are said to have burst. The heavy Iron rims dug deep into the dirt and the machine turned over three times. When it stopped rolling the injured men were carried to ambulances. Just as Gray was being placed in the ambulance he died. Robinson was hurried to the Protestant hospital.
Gray is said to have owned the Stutz racer in partnership with Walter Rowlands, nephew of Charles H.Rowlands,by whom Robinson was employed, whose home was also in Lima.
Robinson has been employed by Mr. Rowlands for more than four years. When M. Rowlands moved to Columbus from Zanesvllle, two years ago, he brought Robinson with him.
The accident happened at almost the same point where Harry C. Knight, celebrated racer and Milton Mlchaells,his mechanician, lost their lives in the race on July 4,1913.
Mr, C. H. Genslinger father of Douglas Gray, was not notified. He learned of the accident and the death of his son only by chance reading in a newspaper of the accident that bad caused the death of Douglas Gray. He recognized the name as the racing name of his son and at once took steps to claim the body.
Stephen was 21 years, 1 month and 28 days old at the time of death.
Note: The cemetery has a record of burial for Stephen on October 13, 1915. His name was scratched out of the records and it has a Lou Genslinger being buried in that plot on December 7, 1925.
Stephen's body was moved to Oak Woods cemetery in Chicago on 11/5/1925 and re-buried there on 11/7/1925. His mother Dolly Gray is buried next to him.
Oak Woods Cemetery
Plot: Section V Lot 125 Plot 10
Created by: Steve E
Record added: Dec 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45439012