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Silas Holmes
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Birth: 1913
Death: Jul. 26, 1936

Silas Holmes and his wife Edna died last night at Lee Memorial Hospital after an automobile in which they were riding crashed into the engine of an Atlantic Coast Line freight train at the Michigan Ave. crossing. Four other persons in the car suffered fractures, bruises and painful injuries but were not considered in a critical condition. Death came to Holmes at 1:30 this morning, several hours after his wife succumbed to her injuries. The others injured were Mrs. Edna Williams, Francis Williams, Wilson Williams and Joseph F. Holmes, 3-year-old son of Mr. & Mrs. Silas Holmes...The accident happened at 6:35 p.m. during a driving rain. Francis Williams was driving a Model A roadster in which the other five persons were riding. He was driving west on Michigan Ave. at what witnesses described as a high rate of speed. The same witnesses said the frieght train was not traveling more than five miles per hour. The driver could not stop the car after he saw the train and struck the engine at the cab after turning off the highway in an effort to avoid the collision. An emergency call was sounded from the Seaboard freight station and both the Lawrence A. Powell and Engelhardt ambulances were summoned. The injured persons were rushed to the hospital and both city and county officials started an investigation. Robert Pate, conductor, and T. A. Cloud, engineer, were released and the train allowed to continue when the preliminary investigation showed the train crew was not to blame for the accident. Mrs. Holmes died three hours after the accident as the result of a concussion at the base of her skull. She also suffered a fractured jaw and deep body laceration. Her husband, Silas, had not regained consciousness at midnight and his condition was described by Dr. Longbrake as critical. He suffered a fractured skull and a fracture of the hyoid bone in his neck...Chief of Police w. D. Smith, Deputy Sheriff s. P. McAuley and Traffic Officer Homer Klay conducted an investigation at the scene of the accident. They received testimony from Mrs. Edna Williams that the brakes on the old Ford were defective and that Francis Williams was unable to stop the car after seeing the train. No arrests were made as the law enforcement officers agreed that the crash was the fault of the person injured. (Fort Myers News-Press, 7/26/36) 
 
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 Parents:
  Bertha Weatherford Holmes (1874 - 1949)
 
 Spouse:
  Edna Carrie Gomez Holmes (1915 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  Julia Matilda Holmes Heidt (1902 - 1965)*
  William John Holmes (1904 - 1946)*
  Silas Holmes (1913 - 1936)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fort Myers Cemetery
Fort Myers
Lee County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: Helen Farrell
Record added: Sep 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41838734
Silas Holmes
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