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Alpharetta Jane Carter Townsend
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Birth: May 25, 1853
Death: Oct. 9, 1927

Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel
Monday, October 10, 1927

Mrs. Etta TOWNSEND, aged 74, of this city, died at Woodlawn hospital Sunday evening at 9 o'clock from injuries received in an auto crash which occurred at 5:30 o'clock at the junction of Federal Road [US] 31 and the Fulton-Marshall county-line road, seven miles north of Rochester. The victim of this dreadful accident was well-known throughout Fulton county, and for the past few months had been residing at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence WERNER, 617 Jefferson street, this city.
Sunday morning, Mrs. Townsend left Rochester in company with her son-in-law, John ZANGER, wife and son, Harold [ZANGER], of Logansport for a short motor trip which took them in the vicinity of Bass Lake, and Culver, with their objective point being Plymouth, where Mr. Zanger was to leave on a train. On the return trip which was started over Feceral Road [US] 31, Mrs. Townsend's grandson, Harold, a youth of 21 years took the wheel of the Studebaker touring car.
Just as the Studebaker which was traveling southward reached the crossing of the county-line road a Ford touring car, driven by Mrs. Clara LOWDEN, of Culver came onto Road 31 and crashed into the Zanger machine with terrific force. The Studebaker and its passengers was hurled into the ditch at the west side of the pavement, Mrs. Townsend being pinioned beneath the wreckage. Passing motorists quickly extricated Mrs. Zanger from the wreckage and brought the
injured members to Woodlawn hospital. Mrs. Townsend was found to be suffering from severe skull fractures and an operation to relieve the pressure on her brain proved futile, the aged lady passing away at 9 o'clock Sunday evneing. Mrs. Zanger is still confined in the hospital suffering from severe scalp wounds, however, her condition is not regarded as serious. Harold Zanger, driver of the ill-fated car escaped injury.
The Culver car was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. M. T. LOWDEN who had been on a joy ride and were enroute to their home. The Lowdens were not injured and the only damage which resulted to the Ford was a crumpled front fender. The Zanger Studebaker was completely demolished.
John Zanger was apprised of the disaster which had befallen his mother-in-law and family just a few moments before his train was due at the Plymouth station, and immediately returned to Rochester. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. CROWDER and NIVEN officiating. Burial will be made at Mt. Olive cemetery.
Alfaretta Jane [CARTER], a life-long resident of Fulton County, was born near Rochester on May 25th, 1853 the daughter of William and Nancy CARTER. On February 23rd, 1873 she was married to Ancil B. TOWNSEND, who died three years ago, and practically all of her married life was spent on a farm in the Mt. Olive neighborhood. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
The deceased was the mother of eight children, seven of whom are living, Will TOWNSEND, of Danville, Ill., Charles [TOWNSEND] of St. Louis, Mo., and John [TOWNSEND] of Canada, Mrs. Otho NYE, Mrs. Oda DAGUE and Mrs. Clarence WERNER, all of Rochester, and Mrs. John ZANGER, of Logansport. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nellie BLACKETOR, of Rochester, Mrs. Ollie CLARK, of Savannah, Mo., and a brother, Wesley CARTER, also of Savannah, Mo. There are 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Fulton County Indiana Obituaries - 1927
by Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh
Family links: 
  William H Carter (1820 - 1891)
  Nancy C Shryock Carter (____ - 1866)
  Ancil B Townsend (1844 - 1924)*
  Nellie Blanche Hatfield Nye (1879 - 1955)*
  Elsie Fern Townsend Dague (1885 - 1956)*
  Ruth A Townsend Werner (1891 - 1972)*
  Willis Carter (1844 - 1926)*
  Alpharetta Jane Carter Townsend (1853 - 1927)
  Cornelia B Carter Blacketor (1858 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olive Cemetery
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Row 11
Created by: Tom Black
Record added: Dec 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62434996
Alpharetta Jane <i>Carter</i> Townsend
Added by: Tom Black
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