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Clara Myrtle Drake Moss
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1894
Death: May 27, 1924
New Mexico, USA

Daughter of Joseph Nelson Drake and Edith Ella Owens.
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The body of Mrs. Clara Drake Moss, who was killed at Albuquerque, NM in an automobile accident, will arrive in Fredonia, Tuesday morning at 11:30 o'clock and the funeral will be held from the Baptist church at 2 o'clock.

The body will be in state at the Wilson Undertaking Parlors until 1:30 o'clock. Burial will be made in the Fredonia cemetery.


Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our thanks and sincere appreciation for the beautiful flowers, and for the expressions and messages of sympathy to us in the loss of our beloved daughter and sister, Mrs. Clara Moss.

We wish especially to thank Rev. Stockton, pastor of the Baptist church at Albuquerque, who accompanied the body on its long journey to its last resting place and preached the funeral sermon. We wish also to mention the different organizations of the Baptist church at Clovis, N M to the class of Hopi Indian Boys, whom she taught and to Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Prother, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Stumph, Mrs. J. Korber, Mr. and Mr s. C.C. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Asa Moss of Almyra, Arkansas, the Dorcas class of Raton, N.M., and the many friends and neighbors who have sent flowers and sympathy.

Mrs. Ella Drake
Mrs. Emma Kebert
Clarence Drake
Charles Drake
Hopson Drake

Car Bound for Farmington Leaves Road at Sharp Curve on Cuba Highway; H usband's Tongue Almost Bitten in Two and Collar Bone Torn Loose From B reast Bone.

Mrs. R. W. Moss, of Albuquerque, aged 30, was almost instantly killed when the Ford coupe in which and her husband were riding left the road at a sharp curve on the Cuba highway twenty miles northwest of San Ysidro about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and plunged into an arroyo forty feet deep. Mr. Moss escaped without a visible sign of injury, except that his tongue was almost bitten in two. His collar bone bone was torn loose from the breast bone on the left side. No evidence of internal injury could be found when he was examined by Dr. R. L. Hust Friday night, although it is possible that evidence of such injury may develop today. Word of the accident was not received in Albuquerque until about noon Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Moss left Albuquerque at one o'clock Thursday afternoon, bound for Farmington on a business trip. They were attempting to reach Cuba Thursday night. The accident occurred 66 miles from Albuquerque at a point where the road curves sharply and is so narrow that two cars cannot pass. Mr. Moss was driving and could not account for the accident in any other way than he must have dozed for a moment. He heard Mrs. Moss scream and then the car hurtled into space, turning slightly so that it struck on the right side on which Mrs. Moss was sitting, embedding deeply in the soft dirt at the bottom of the arroyo.

Mr. Moss was stunned, but does not know whether or not he was unconscious for any length of time. He crawled out of the wreckage of the completely demolished car and tried to lift it from Mrs. Moss who was pinned beneath the shattered body of the car in a sitting posture but was unable to move it. Mrs. Moss was still breathing and her pulse could be felt.

Unable to move the car, Mr. Moss attempted to get out of the arroyo to summon help. He limped up the arroyo for short distance but found its sides getting steeper and steeper. He returned to the car, and found his wife's pulse growing weaker. He stayed until she died about a hour later then started down the canyon south, lighting tumble weed fires once in a while in the hope of attracting attention. About daylight he reached the mouth of the canyon where he found the road camp of the Mathews Construction company, three miles below the accident.

Members of the construction crew lifted the car from the body and sent word of the accident into Bernalillo by truck. C.C. Baker, Mr. Moss ' employer, received a telephone message of the accident shortly before noon and a party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Bake, Rev. P.A. Stockton , Dr. R. L. Hust and A.J. Exter and Neil Carloc of the French Mortuar y, left for the scene of the accident immediately, arriving there about 4:30 p.m.

A justice of the peace from Bernalillo accompanied the party and held an inquest, the jury returning the verdict of accidental death. Dr. Hust, examining body , found that Mrs. Moss' neck, left shoulder, left arm and left knee were broken. It was necessary to carry the body two miles before it could be gotten out of the arroyo.

The body was brought to Albuquerque late Friday night and will be sent to Mrs. Moss's old home in Fredonia, Kans. for burial. Funeral arrangements will be made today.

Mr. and Mrs. Moss had lived in Albuquerque for about a year coming here from Elmira Arkansas. Mrs. Moss had been an active worker in the Baptist church and taught a class of little Indian boys. They had been married eight years. They have no children

Albuquerque, NM
June 1st 1924

Mrs. J.N. Drake
Neodesha, Kansas

Dear Mother Drake:

It is useless for me to try to express my sorrow to you, we both knowing Clara you as a Mother, me as a husband know what we have both lost in her going. Not being able to go to Fredonia with her was almost more than I could bear.

But since I couldn't there was no one I had rather had go than Brother Stockton, and I am sure you liked him.

Every day ever since we have been married Clara has prayed for for the conversion of her dear Mother, brother and sister, and I am glad to know as I sit here in bed and write this, that her Savior is your Savior, too. She can not come back to us but we can someday go to here and for some of us it will not be long.

Write me here now.

Clara has quite a few clothes and things here that I believe she would like for you to have. Write me and tell me how to send them to you

Affectionately your son
R.W. Moss

P.S. Tell Emma my prayers are for and with her
I trust that she will soon know her sister's Savior.


Dear Mother Drake I loved your daughter and for her dear sake I love you too and want you to always remember me as your son. Please write to me as you wrote to her and tell me of you trials and your pleasures and anytime you need a son to help you be sure to call on me.

Just a word now about my address It will always be Almyra, Arkansas. That is where Father and Mother live and no matter where I may go they will always know and send my mail to me.

For this summer I will stay in Alburqueque and my address will be 826 First National Bank, Albuquerque N.M.

Note: BIO info provided by Brenda Anderson (#47231537)
Fredonia City Cemetery
Wilson County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 0052-1
Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Apr 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68725563
Clara Myrtle <i>Drake</i> Moss
Added by: Brenda Anderson
Clara Myrtle <i>Drake</i> Moss
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To my great Aunt Clara. So glad to know that you knew Him.
- Brenda Anderson
 Added: Aug. 3, 2011

- Judy Mayfield
 Added: Apr. 21, 2011

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