|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1910|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1937|
Elbert Hill Black, 27, a Memphis school teacher of 201 Wisconsin, was killed; his father was critically injured and his sister lacerated and bruised when their stalled auto was struck by an Illinois Central Railroad passenger engine at the foot of Monroe, about 9:35 o'clock yesterday morning.
Mr. Black, the driver of the car, was picked up near the wrecked auto and taken in a Thompson Brothers ambulance to Baptist Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead.
His father, W.H. Black, 56, custodian of Riverside School for the past two years, was seated in the rear seat of the sedan. He was taken to Methodist Hospital in a McDowell & Monteverde ambulance. He suffered a broken right leg injuries and his condition was critical.
The sister, Berta Belle Black, 24, employee of Sears, Roebuck & Co., was taken in a Thompson ambulance to Baptist Hospital. She was treated for lacerations, bruises and shock. The trio lived at the Wisconsin address.
The Blacks were on their way to services at the Bellevue Baptist Church, where young Mr. Black, taught a Sunday School class, according to Mrs. W.H. Black who was not in the car. They were driving north on Riverside Drive and turned up Monroe when the train was passing Union, northbound.
Mr. Black's auto cleared the tracks and as it started up the Monroe incline toward Front Street, the engine evidently stalled and the car rolled back, skidding onto the tracks. The engineer, seeing the stalled car, blew short whistle blasts and apparently tried to stop the train. The train crashed into the stalled car and hurled it about 75 feet onto the north curb. The train stopped in its own length, according to the police report.
The train was traveling between 12 and 15 miles an hour just before the accident.
*** Mr. William Herman Black, the father, died the day after the accident, August 2, which was the day this article appeared in The Commercial Appeal. ***
Furnished by Linda Wayman
William Herman Black (1881 - 1937)
Mamie Partee Black (1886 - 1989)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Shirley Kornegay Bunyard
Record added: Mar 24, 2013
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