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Sophia Colwell Harrison
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1831
Gallia County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1900
Gallia County
Ohio, USA


Was the Accident on the K. & M.

Mrs. Sophia Harrison Struck by a Train and Instantly Killed near the Gallipolis Tile Works.

A fatal accident-occured on the Kanawha Michigan road just below the Gallipolis Tile works at 1:30 0'clock this ( Thursday) afternoon and as a result Mrs. Sophia Harrison, of Maple Shade, is a corpse.

The accurate details of the accident were not obtainable, but theories are rife. From the____information the Journal was able to gather the facts are about as follows" Mrs. Harrison, who is aged 89 years, has been melancholy for sometime past. What caused her dejection can only be conjectured. It had caused her family no little anxiety, but no one thought she would attempt to destroy her life.

Thursday afternoon she left her Home in as good spirits as common and started over on the hill side above the County Infirmary to pick blackberries. Owing to infirmities she carried a cane and hobbling out of her house she struck out for a black berry patch. Little did her folks think she would be brought back a mangled corpse.

She had gathered possibly a half gallon of berries and placing them in a tin vessel, which she carried in a basket, she started home. At the tile works she sat down and took a rest and then started down the railroad track just a short while before the arrival of the south bound passenger train No. 10 over the K & M. As the big iron house came driving down the track, the engineer noticed the form of a women near the track waling along on a foot path.

He blew the whistle twice as a warning signal and as she paid no head to it he whistled again. When the train was only a short distance from the woman, she stopped on the track. The air brakes were applied and the engine reversed but the train could not be stopped before she had been struck. She was struck and dragged or hurled possibly 60 feet, her body falling along side of the track at a point just above the infirmary.

The train came on to Gallipolis station, where the accident was reported to Agent O. O. Smith. Returning, the remains were removed to a grassy spot near the track and a sheet spread over them. Drs. Bean and C. G. Alcorn were called and the latter accompanied by Justice Bradbury drove tot he scene and held an inquest. Dr. Bean assisted by Dr. Parker held an examination.

It was found that Mrs. Harrison's right Leg was almost severed below the knee, her left leg cut off above the ankle, skull fractured, neck broken, her ribs on both sides of the body crushed and her right arm broken. Her body presented a terrible spectacle.

The news of the accident soon became known about town and a large crowd gathered at the scene.

Mr. Ed Harrison, baggage master at the K. & M. depot, and son of the unfortunate woman, who undoubtedly suicided, was sent to the scene to look after the body until the authorities arrived.

He hadn't the remotest idea that the woman who had been stuck and killed was his mother and one can Only imagine how he was shocked when he approached the mangled and mutilated corpse to find it was his mother.

He broke down and wept bitterly and the scene appealed to the strongest heart. In conversation with the Journal representative he said he knew his mother had been in ill health and despondent, but he could not believe she had embraced death in such a terrible manner.

She was a daughter of Jacob Colwell and the widow of Lewis Harrison. She leaves the following children. Mrs. Christina Darst and Mears, Perry, Jake, John, Marion, Charles, Edward, _______ and Andrew Harrison. She was a member of the Christian church.

Undertaker Wetherholt took charge of the remains and will prepare them for burial.

Taken from a newspaper obituary. 
Family links: 
  Jacob Colwell (1794 - 1855)
  Lewis Harrison (1831 - 1896)*
  Jacob C. Harrison (1856 - 1945)*
  Christina Alice Harrison Darst (1861 - 1909)*
  Marion Edgar Harrison (1864 - 1905)*
  C L. Harrison (1867 - 1945)*
  Mary C. Colwell Walter (1814 - 1878)*
  John J Colwell (1818 - 1885)*
  Sophia Colwell Harrison (1831 - 1900)
  Jacob Colwell (1832 - 1895)*
  Christina Caldwell Clark (1834 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Vance Cemetery
Gallia County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Cathy Cadd
Record added: Apr 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18997377


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