|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1888|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1973|
THE VALLEY'S FIRST AUTO ACCIDENT
It happened just across the river, east of Twisp. About 1910, a young Methodist minister brought to his pastorate at Twisp a small, red, self-propelling carriage that he called a car. To his work of ministering to the spiritual needs of his flock, he added the pleasant task of providing recreation and entertainment for, at least, some of the younger
feminine members of his charge. In pursuing this plan, Miss Loleta Risley for a time seemed to claim a considerable part of his time and attention. While this car was of an entirely different type from the one introduced into the Valley by Dr. Couche, it had a number of the same characteristics. It would do a lot of sputtering if one attempted to get the engine to show signs of life. The engine was killed, hence engine trouble was encountered frequently.
One evening in the early twilight, the young couple were returning from a drive up the east side of the river, and in attempting to negotiate the incline that led to the table just opposite the mouth of the Twisp River, as they neared the top, the engine sputtered, gasped, and apparently "passed out." The brakes held for a short time, long enough for Miss Risley to get out. Almost at once the car with the driver, started backing down the grade, gathering momentum as it went. Half way down the hill, the car and driver went over the grade and down into the underbrush, 75 feet below. The driver was considerably bruised and shaken up, but no bones were broken.
It was my privilege to be one of the first on the scene and help get the injured man up the hill to the road. The car was but little injured, but it was several days before it was extricated from the underbrush and gotten back onto the road and to the repair shop.
While the young man was not seriously injured, he was confined to his room for several days. Just here I will add, if my memory serves me right, Lon Risley purchased the first Ford car brought into the Valley.
Joshua Matthew Risley (1857 - 1942)
Hattie J. Lawry Risley (1862 - 1941)
Frank Fawcett Airey (1879 - 1968)*
Beaver Creek Cemetery
Maintained by: Faye Nations McCardle
Originally Created by: NW Mountain Man
Record added: Sep 01, 2009
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