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William J Barr
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1864
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 4, 1908
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Son of the late John and Catherine Barr. Residence: 1828 Mifflin St.

A check of the death index in the Philadelphia archives provides only one male Barr who died accidentally within the time frame to be Ethel's father: William J. Barr, who died on May 4, 1908.

Newspaper accounts published on May 5, 1908:

Public Ledger:

J. W. Barr Attempts to Alight From Moving Car and Falls
In a hurry to alight a moving trolley car last night John W. Barr, of 1828 Mifflin St. fell and sustained injuries from which he died immediately after being admitted to St. Agnes Hospital. His mother and daughter were notified of the accident and when they arrived at the hospital they were told of his death. The mother collapsed. She was admitted in the hospital for treatment.

Evening Bulletin:

Anxious to get home to his sick wife, John William Barr of 1828 Mifflin Street, fell from a trolley car at Seventeenth and Porter streets, last night, and landed on his head, sustaining a fracture of the skull. He died almost immediately after being taken to St. Agnes's Hospital. The man's mother was so overcome by the shock of hearing of her son's death that she had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Philadelphia Record:

Barr So Badly Hurt That He Died On Operating Table
Jumping from a swiftly-moving trolley car at 17th and McClellan streets yesterday, John W. Barr of No. 1728 Mifflin Street was thrown violently to the street, and, besides a fractured skull, sustained a broken leg and arm. He died 15 minutes later on the operating table at St. Agnes Hospital.

All three of the above listed newspapers published the following obituary on May 6, 1908:

"Suddenly on May 4, 1908 William J. Barr son of the late John and Catherine Barr at his late residence 1828 Mifflin Street." The notice stated notice of funeral arrangements would be made soon.

Record of a Death in Philadelphia - Coroner's Certificate (found in the Philadelphia City Archives):
William J. Barr
Age: 43-3/4 years (43 years, 9 months, 11 days)
White Male
Birth: 7-23-1864, Philadelphia
Death: 5-4-1908, 7:30 p.m., St. Agnes Hospital
Length of time at place of death: 5 minutes
Cause: "Fractured Skull and other injuries. Decedant fell from trolley car."
Residence: 1828 Mifflin St., 36th Ward
Occupation: Clerk
Buried 5-9-1908, Cathedral Cemetery
Father: John Barr, deceased; born in Ireland.
Mother: Catherine (McCann); born in Baltimore.

Philadelphia 1908 City Directory:
Clerk, 1726 Moore St.
Family links: 
  Katie D Barr (1870 - 1909)
  Ethel Ruth Barr MacLachlan (1907 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Cathedral Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Sep 13, 2009
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