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Ralph Harrison May
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1915
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1928
Marble Rock
Floyd County
Iowa, USA

Harrison May (as he was known) was the fourth child of Charles Witham and Katherine O'Neill. The couple had divorced and Katherine married Charles Harrison May before his birth, so Harrison was named as if he were his stepfather's own son.

Harrison and another student were killed when a Rock Island passenger train struck the Marble Rock school bus they were riding in, at a crossing southeast of the town. A blinding snowstorm and a shallow angle of approach between the road and the railroad were the causes of neither driver seeing or hearing the other before it was too late. The bus driver and many of the other 14 children on the bus were injured (including two of Harrison's siblings), and were immediately taken by the train to hospital in Waterloo. The driver later died as well.

Services for Harrison were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greene on March 11.
Family links: 
  Charles H Witham (____ - 1946)
  Katherine Agnes O'Neill May (1891 - 1964)
  Dorothy A. May Zenor (1913 - 1974)*
  Ralph Harrison May (1915 - 1928)
  Pauline Theresa May King (1916 - 1997)**
  Delmar Louis May (1920 - 1995)**
  Florence M. May Buchan (1926 - 2001)**
  Donald Everett May (1929 - 2000)**
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
Butler County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Mike May
Originally Created by: Hooked On Family
Record added: Nov 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80599723
Ralph Harrison May
Added by: Mike May
Ralph Harrison May
Added by: Hooked On Family
Ralph Harrison May
Added by: Hooked On Family
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- Thomas Hartshorn
 Added: Feb. 25, 2012

- Hooked On Family
 Added: Nov. 25, 2011
RIP, Harrison. I think this is my uncle, who died in a school bus/train collision outside Marble Rock, Iowa.
- Mike May
 Added: Nov. 25, 2011

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