|Death: ||Sep., 1922|
One woman was killed, another fatally injured, one man was seriously hurt and another man
injured last night about 9:30 o'clock when a big Jewett car turned over twice and landed in a
The parties referred to are MRS. ANNA BELLE COOK, who was reported in a dying condition
at the Harrisburg sanitarium, as The Register went to press; MRS. OLLIE MATTINGLY, who was
killed almost instantly; Samuel Stump, suffering from injuries to the back and hips and who is
in a very serious condition, and James Russell who suffered the slightest injuries of the four
people who were in the car.
The accident happened on the paved road just north of Harrisburg, almost directly opposite
the wholesale meat and slaughter house out on that road. It was the most serious automobile
accident that has ever happened in this county. All parties who constituted the party are
middle aged and were out on a joy ride. They were returning to Harrisburg and had drawn to one
side of the road to let an approaching car pass. The driver, Mr. Stump, had driven too far to
the edge and the wheels jumped off to the side of the paving, Mr. Stump was having difficulty,
and turned the steering wheel almost half way round and then put on more gas. Without any
warning the big machine turned over and over the second time, finally landing in the corn field
to the edge of the road.
Screams of the injured soon brought help, as there were many cars passing by. Mrs.
Mattingly was the most seriously hurt and she died soon after the accident. Mrs. Cook was hurt
in the back of the head and was rushed to the Harrisburg sanitarium, where she has since been
sinking and is now reported dying. Mr. Stump has serious wounds in the hips and back and is in
a critical condition. The injuries to Mr. Russell, however, are not so serious, and he will
soon be all right.
The funeral of Mrs. Mattingly will be held tomorrow afternoon. She was the daughter of
Elijah Gibbons and was born and reared here. She had one daughter, Mrs. Essie Mick, who was
working as an operator on the Murphysboro Telephone Company's switch board last night. She
heard of the terrible accident which resulted in the death of her mother and was almost in a
faint. Responses to repeated calls for that phone were not forthcoming for moments, and the
patrons will now know the reason. The following were brothers, half -brothers and sisters of
Mrs. Mattingly: Mrs. Minnie Travelstead, Pleas, Charles, Will and Joe Gibbons, Mary Miller and
Mrs. Clell Owens.
Mrs. Cook, whose death is expected at any moment, is well and favorably known here. She
is the widow of J. L. Cook and was making her home with Mrs. Rosa Olliver, 111 West Raymond
Avenue. Mrs. Mattingly was also a widow, her husband having lost his mind here a few years ago
and later killed in the asylum at Anna.
The death of Mrs. Mattingly will be investigated by a coroner's inquest being held
Thursday night at 7:00 o'clock at the Co-Operative Undertaking Parlor.
When death came to MRS. ANNA BELLE COOK in the Harrisburg sanitarium at 7:35 last night,
it marked the second victim of the terrible automobile accident that occurred just north of
Harrisburg at 9:30 o'clock Monday night.
Mrs. Cook was suffering intensely and death came as a great relief to the well known lady.
The injuries which caused the suffering and death were confined to the back of the head, the
skull being mashed. She never regained consciousness and passed into the great beyond without
being able to bid farewell to the friends and relatives who were near her.
One son and one sister are known to be speeding on their way to Harrisburg. The son is
Ernest Cook who has been making his home in Kansas City, Mo. For some time. The other is a
sister, Mrs. Carrie Trovillion of Winter's Park, Florida. In addition to these relatives there
remains one daughter, Mrs. Louis Carpenter, wife of Walter Carpenter, of this city; another
sister Mrs. Cora Stiff, wife of Henry Stiff who reside at Missoula, Montana; a brother, Charles
Compton of Paducah, Ky., and a step-daughter, Mrs. Amby Roddum of West Logan street, this city.
No arrangements have been made for the funeral of Mrs. Cook and none will be completed
until arrival of relatives who are on the way and those who may be the way. The body was taken
to the Co-Operative Undertakings last evening and prepared for burial. It was removed to the
home of the step-daughter, Mrs. Roddum, today and where it will remain until taken to the last
Friends of Mrs. Cook all over the city and county were anxious as to her condition and
many telephone calls came from these friends. She was a member of the McKinley Ave. Baptist
church and a most excellent lady. Her untimely death will be deplored by all our people.
The condition of the two gentlemen who were in the fatal car was about the same today as
it was yesterday. Mr. Russell shows improvement, and Mr. Stump, who is most seriously hurt,
also is resting easily, but complications may set in and cause unseen trouble. The car was not
so badly damaged as was first thought. The two wheels the right side were smashed to pieces
and had to be replaced with new ones. The wind shield and the top were also destroyed and the
rear seat badly damaged. Outside of those damages, the car is all right and was able to run to
the Jenkins garage on its own power.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for MRS. OLLIE MATTINGLY, one of the victims
of the automobile wreck which occurred late Monday evening on North Main street, and the funeral
of MRS. ANNA B. COOK, another who died of the result of injuries received during the wreck, will
be held Thursday afternoon at McKinley Avenue Baptist church.
Samuel Stump and J. E. Russell were hurt in the accident and their condition remains
unchanged. Mr. Stump was injured through the chest and Russell's breast bone was fractured.
Both are seriously injured, but are expected to recover.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Mrs. Ollie Mattingly. The services were held
at McKinley Avenue Baptist church, Rev. E. R. Steagall officiating, at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday
afternoon. A crowd which overflowed the house and filled the church yard attended. Interment
was made at Sunset Hill cemetery.
MRS. ANNA B. COOK who was hurt Monday night in an automobile accident and died late Tuesday
afternoon at the Harrisburg sanitarium will be buried Friday. The funeral services will be held
at McKinley Avenue Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. E. R. Steagall will conduct the services
and interment will be made at Liberty cemetery.
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