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Elmer F. Suttle
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 15, 1911
Routt County
Colorado, USA



The first fatal automobile accident in the history of Routt county occurred Monday evening at 5 o'clock between the Moon Hill bridge and George Miller's resident on Elk river, as the result of which Elmer SUTTLE of Steamboat received injuries from which he died on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Attorney Charley WHITAKER of Steamboat had four ribs broken on his right side, one penetrating his lung; Arthur WHITAKER of La Junta had three ribs broken on his left side, and Mrs. Arthur WHITAKER received a broken arm. Austin CLELLAND, the chauffeur, escaped with a rough shaking up and a few bruises.

The part of five in the big Velie car left Steamboat at three o'clock Monday afternoon for a business and pleasure trip combined. After staying in Clark a few minutes they turned the car homeward.

Soon after passing the Moon Hill bridge, and in rounding a curve in the road which at that place runs along the river bank, they suddenly came in sight of a buggy in which were two women, Mrs. M. A. Cronk and daughter.

The car at the time was going very slow, not over six miles an hour, and the women in the buggy failing to turn out as far as the nature of the road at that place would allow them, forced CLELLAND to drive his car close up to the enge of the bank, where he stopped to allow the buggy to pass. He stopped the car so suddenly and so near the edge that the ground gave way and the car rolled down the embankment, carrying all the passengers with it.

When the car stopped, after turning once and a half over, Mrs. Arthur WHITAKER and CLELLAND were the only persons of the party who were able to extricate themselves from the wreck, and they immediately began the rescue of the other members of the party who were unable to help themselves. Mrs. WHITAKER was suffering from a broken arm but she exerted all her strength to assist CLELLAND to lift the car off from Charley and Arthur WHITAKER who were found to be badly injured. Elmer SUTTLE was not under the car, but was lying unconscious on the bank above the wrecked machine. It seems that the car had rolled over him and crushed his body badly, but left him clear.

The Hahn's Peak stage driven by Simmie Peavey came along soon after the accident, and the conveyance was converted into an ambulance, the injured being carefully placed in the stage and take to George Miller's residence.

CLELLAND telephoned an emergency call to Dr. L. G. Blackmer, who responded in the quickest time possible. He hurriedly summoned the Smith machine and made the run of 14 miles to the Miller place in 45 minutes. When Doctor Blackmer arrived he first gave his attention to Elmer SUTTLE, then in order, Charles WHITAKER, Arthur WHITAKER, and Mrs. Arthur WHITAKER. He worked all night with his patients, Mr. SUTTLE requiring most of his time, and he did not leave his post until Tuesday afternoon when Mr. SUTTLE died.

Before Dr. Blackmer arrived Monday evening Mr. SUTTLE became conscious for about fifteen minutes. He asked about the welfare of all the persons who were in the accident, and wanted to know if the car was damaged. He again became unconscious and did not regain the use of his mind.

Through the kindness of W. E. Carver, Mrs. SUTTLE, Horace Hull and wife, and Mrs. M. M. Reinhardt were taken in his machine to the Miller residence soon after the accident, where Mrs. SUTTLE remained at the bedside of her husband until he passed away.

Tuesday morning the other patients were removed to Sam Wood's home which is a short distance from the Miller place. Arthur WHITAKER and wife are not considered seriously injured, but Charley WHITAKER has a fight for his life. If pneumonia or other complications do not set in he has a fair chance to recover.

Coroner Bashor went to the scene of the accident on Tuesday afternoon and took charge of SUTTLE's body, bringing it to his undertaking parlor in Steamboat Tuesday night. he had a second trip to the Elk river country on Wednesday and made a thorough investigation of the cause of the accident, and his report in the matter is that no one is criminally responsible for the death of Elmer SUTTLE.

Mrs. Bashor examined every person who witnessed the accident, or was in any way connected with it, and all the evidence exonerates the chauffeur, Austin CLELLAND, of criminal carelessness.

Several persons who soon after the accident examined the road where the machine fell down the embankment, stated that the women who were in the buggy that met the machine, could have easily given two feet more road, and had they done this the automobile could have stopped on safe ground.

Elmer SUTTLE's funeral was held at the Congregational church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and was attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends of the deceased. Rev. J. L. Ellis of Yampa, an old friend of the SUTTLE family, preached the funeral discourse, after which the body was interred in the Steamboat cemetery.

Elmer SUTTLE was a pioneer of Routt county, and a man who was well liked by all who knew him. He was industrious, of splendid habits, and was kind to his family. In the death of Elmer SUTTLE Steamboat has lost a good citizen.

As an evidence of the love that he had for his family, he left a paid up insurance policy for $3,000 to his widow, which policy was issued by the Aegis Insurance Co. of Denver, through their agents, Stukey Bros. of Steamboat.

(Published in The Routt County Sentinel (Steamboat Springs, CO), August 18, 1911.)
Family links: 
  George Henry Suttle (1853 - 1913)
  Amelia Francis Tennis Suttle (1851 - 1910)
  Clarence E. Suttle (____ - 1914)*
  Elmer F. Suttle (____ - 1911)
  Mary Lillian Suttle Waters (1879 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Steamboat Springs Cemetery
Steamboat Springs
Routt County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Original Addition / Block 7 / Lot 7
Created by: Donna Barnes
Record added: Jan 06, 2011
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Elmer F. Suttle
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