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 Ruth Harding

Ruth Harding

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Death 16 Jun 1903 (aged 82–83)
Lacona, Oswego County, New York, USA
Burial Mannsville, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 100149508 · View Source
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DOUBLE TRAGEDY AT LACONA.

Mrs. Ruth Harding of Mannsville and Mrs. Asahel Harding of Lacona, killed by the Club Train, Tuesday.

The worst railroad accident that has ever occurred in this town happened shortly before three o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Lacona, when the Club Train, northbound, struck Mrs. Asahel Harding of Lacona and Mrs. Ruth Harding of Mannsville as they were crossing from the Lacona house entrance to the station. Mrs. Ruth Harding, who was 84 years of age was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Harding and intended to take the three o'clock train, home. The accident was witnessed by a number of people, including station agent O'Connor, who stood in the operator's window, assistant. Will Salisbury, who stood at the railroad street crossing, giving warning of the approach of the Flyer. C.M. Manchester, who saw the ladies approaching the track and who warned them by gesture and call, not to attempt the crossing. It was with the greatest difficulty that Mr. Manchester restrained himself from rushing across the track in the face of the flyer in an attempt to avert the accident. As the ladies were passing through the Lacona house yard, they were heard to exclaim, as the club train whistled, "There, is the train," indicating it was the train Mrs. Ruth Harding was to board, who remarked that she could take the train from that side of the track, but Mrs. Asahel Harding protested that she had not a ticket, to which the other lady replied that she could purchase it on the train. Mrs. Harding did not however approve of the elder lady boarding the train without her ticket, and not realizing that the approaching train was running at the rate of from 40 to 60 miles an hour, for the flyer does not stop between Richland and Watertown, they attempted to cross the track. The engineer when at the freight house, an eighth of a mile distant, blew the danger signal and did so repeatedly applying the brakes but the train did not stop until Salisbury street had been passed.

The ladies were arm in arm, Mrs. Asahel Harding being slightly in advance and were hurrying across the track having nearly crossed when together the flyer overtook them, so that they were thrown on the west side, the elder lady 112 feet beside the track and the other 87 feet, but more to the west onto the grass plot. Mrs. Ruth Harding was badly crushed and both were instantly killed. Mrs. Asahel Harding fell near where Expressman Wilcox was standing, who immediately gathered her into his arms, the only sign of life being the falling of Mrs. Harding's arm to her side. Undertaker Nye and Coroner Box were summoned and the remains were taken to the Harding home on Salina street. Mr. Harding was absent at the time, taking a days' fishing at Selkirk. John Hubbs went after Mr. Harding, who reached home between seven and eight. Her daughters, Mrs. Charles Crandall of this village and Miss Sadie Harding, of Adams were summoned; also the children of Mrs. Ruth Harding, George Harding and Mrs. Oscar Hurd, of Mannsville, Mrs. Ruth Harding was the widow of Sylvester Harding, a veteran of the rebellion, who died many years ago and who was a brother of Asahel Harding.
The scene was a frying one for the beholders as they could see that it was certain death, which nothing could avert. The engineer on the Club train was George Davis and the conductor M.J. Rowland. The funeral of Mrs. Ruth Harding was held at Mannsville and that of Mrs. Asahel Harding at Lacona at two o'clock to-day

Source: Sandy Creek News, June 18, 1903


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100149508
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Harding (1820–16 Jun 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100149508, citing Maplewood Cemetery, Mannsville, Jefferson County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Oh look, a chicken! (contributor 46868335) .