|Death: ||Nov., 1919|
Everett Daily Herald
D.B. Bennett, 78 year-old Civil war veteran, is dead from injuries suffered last evening about 6 o'clock when he was struck at Twentieth street and Broadway by an automoble driven by Fire Chief Al Taro. Both of Mr. Bennett's legs were broken, one arm was fractured, and he suffered a scalp wound and internal injuries were inflicted that, coupled with the shock, caused the aged man's death. Mr. Bennett died this morning at the Everett hospital about 5 o'clock.
Fire Chief Taro and his brother Lawrence Taro, were in the chief's automobile at the time of the accident, Chief Taro at the wheel. They were en route north on Broadway to Lawrence Taro's residence where the chief had been invited to dine. A light rain was falling, obscuring the driver's vision. As the car approached Twentieth street the Chief's attention was drawn to a Shadowy figure to front and left. He slackened speed and leaned outside the car to get a clearer view. As he did so, Bennett, who was apparently crossing from the west to the east side of the street, stepped in front of the car. The Chief swung the wheel sharply to the right to avoid striking the man. Bennett quickened his pace and kept directly in front as the car continued swinging sharply to the left. Taro jammed on the brakes and was bringing the machine to a stop when the front fender struck the aged man, who fell heavily to the street. It is doubtful, Chief Taro said today, whether the automobile, after hitting Bennett, went forward more than six inches. The Chief and his brother picked up the injured man, carring him into a neighboring home. A physician was called and first aid measures were resorted to until Challacome & Fickel's ambulance arrived to carry the aged man to the Everett hospital. Although given every attention at the institution, Mr. Bennett did not rally from the first shock. He grew steadily weaker and his recovery was despaired of early last evening.
"It is the first person my car has injured in eight years" said Chief Taro this morning. The fire Chief feels the accident keenly. "I have always been a crank about safty-first measures and have taken steps to have careless department drivers dismissed from the service. "About three blocks on this side of Twentieth my brother and I both remarked how difficult it was to see ahead because of the rain on the windshield and how easy it would be to run down some pedestrian. That thought made me slacken the speed of the car and we were doing no more than ten miles an hour when we approached the Twentieth street crossing, and both of us were keeping a pretty close watch."
Mr. Bennett was a native of Michigan. He saw four years of almost constant service in the field as an infantryman in the Civil war as a member of Company K, Seventh Michigan infantry regiment. At Spottsylvania he was severely wounded in the right shoulder. Fifty-six years ago Mr. Bennett was united in marriage with a Michigan girl, who survives him. There is one daughter, Mrs. May Marshall, of 1932 Lombard avenue, with whom the aged couple lived. Mr. Bennett was a member of John Buford post, G.A.R. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from Challacombe & Fickel's chapel with interment in Everegreen cemetery. The Rev. W.E. Henry will officiate.
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American Civil War Soldier
Name: Daniel B Bennett
Residence: St Joseph County, Michigan
Enlistment Date: 05 August 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Michigan
Unit Numbers: 1115 1115 1115
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 05 August 1861 at the age of 18.
Enlisted in Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 22 August 1861.
Reenlisted in Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 18 December 1863.
Wounded on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Received a disability discharge Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 29 April 1865 in Burkesville, VA.
Widow: Margaret K. Bennett
State Filed: Washington
Plot: Block 30, Lot 534
Created by: C&P * LaPlante Files
Record added: Mar 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13640177