|Birth: ||1923, USA|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1925|
Van Buren County
The Hartford Day Spring, Wednesday, July 8, 1925, page 1
CHILD IS KILLED BY DRIVERLESS TRUCK ROLLING DOWN INCLINE
LITTLE SON OF ORLIE A. BROWN IS CRUSHED TO DEATH AT LOCAL FARM HOME
CHILDREN WITNESS TRAGEDY
Little Victim Was Playing In Driveway When Heavy Truck Rolled Out of Barn Doors
"Alford is dead."
These are the words that startled Orlie a. Brown, a farmer residing two miles southwest of Hartford, as he sat milking his cow in the barn about seven o'clock last Thursday evening.
Looking up he saw his oldest son, Kenneth, aged 9, carrying his youngest son, Alford, 21 months old. Blood was streaming from the little fellow's ears and mouth. The child gasped twice after the father excitedly took the bleeding little form in his arms, and was in reality dead.
The father's Reo truck, which had just been driven in on the barn floor a few moments before, had started rolling backward under its own momentum, had ran over the little fellow and crushed his head and shoulder. Kenneth, the older boy, had gathered up the prostrate form and rushed to the father for aid.
Little Girl Narrowly Escaped
Two sisters, Doris, 6, and Lois, 4, were also playing near the barn. Lois had climbed to the platform on the rear of the truck where she sat watching the others at play in front of the open barn doors. She had a narrow escape when the truck rolled backward and came to a stop against a tree forty feet away.
A sharp incline leads to the barn doors, and the truck gained considerable momentum before it came up against the tree. What started the truck rolling backward is a mystery. There is a marked depression in the barn floor and it was Mr. Brown's custom to leave one wheel of the truck standing in the depression. He left it that way Thursday evening. Ordinarily it requires considerable exertion to roll the truck wheel out of that depression, but some trick of fate started it rolling Thursday evening at the fatal moment when the children were gathered in front of the doors at play.
Misfortune Follows Family
Following the tragedy, Dr. N. D. Shaw was hurriedly summoned, but the child was dead before the physician was called. Funeral services for the little victim were held at the home at four o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. J. S. Hamilton of Bangor, officiating, and interment was at the old cemetery on West Main street.
Tragedy has entered several times into the circle of the Brown family, to such an extent that the sympathy of friends is universally extended to them. The latest tragedy occurred last fall when Mr. Brown's father, Henry A. Brown, a well known Hartford farmer, was killed when his runaway tractor plunged over an embankment on the Baldwin hill at Watervliet.
Mrs. Brown, the mother of the little victim, is nearly prostrated by last Thursday evening's tragedy. Besides the three children who were playing with Alford when he lost his life, they have another daughter, Roberta, aged three months. Three other children have died in early childhood.
Van Buren County
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Record added: Nov 22, 2011
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