James Clarence Adams


James Clarence Adams

Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Death 27 Mar 1933 (aged 3)
Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 183730951 View Source
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Boy, 3, Killed by Motor Car on Boulevard
Child of Mrs. Irma Adams Fatally Hurt by Wm. H. Haman’s Car
Breaking away from the protecting clasp of his grandmother's hand, J. C. Adams, 3 years old, son of Mrs. Irma Adams, 307 South Boulevard, darted from in front of one automobile and into the path of another in front of his home late Monday afternoon and was almost instantly killed.

Wm. H. Haman, a tinner of 115 North Henderson Avenue, the driver of the model T Ford truck which struck the child, stopped almost immediately and with the assistance of his helper, Harry Abbott, who resides in the Koch addition, went to the aid of the child. The boy, unconscious, was taken quickly by Mr. and Mrs. Pete Fulbright, 306 South Boulevard, and the child's grandmother, Mrs. J. J. Limbaugh, to the office of a physician.

Blow on Head Fatal.
The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the physician's office. Death resulted, the physcian said, from concussion of the brain. A deep cut above the right eye was the only visible wound on the boy's head, but this blow received from the impact with the right fender of the car which struck him, was sufficient to produce a concussion, the physician said. There were slightly bruised places on his legs, caused, it is believed, by passing of a wheel of the car over them.

Coroner J. A. Moore conducted an inquest at the Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home, where the body was taken, and after questioning four witnesses, issued a statement that "J. C. Adams came to his death in an unavoidable accident, being struck by an automobile driven by Wm. H. Haman, 115 North Henderson Avenue, when he darted in the path of Haman's car in attempting to cross from the east to west side of West End Boulevard in the block just north of Bloomfield street." Witnesses questioned were Mr. Haman, Mrs. J. J. Limbaugh, 307 South Boulevard, and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Fulbright.
Had Been Riding
Mr. and Mrs. Fulbright and the child's grandmother had just returned from a drive in Fulbright's car. Mr. and Mrs. Fulbright were in the front seat of their car and Mrs. Limbaugh and her grandson were in the rear seat. As the car was parked in front of the Fulbright dwelling on the east side of the street, Mrs. Limbaugh and her grandson got out of the car on the east side. The child, she said, jerked loose from her hand and darted around in front of the Fulbright car and as she called to him to come back the other car struck him. She said she never saw the Haman car until it struck the child, but that it was moving slowly at the time the accident occured.

At the place where the accident occurred there is a parkway in the center of the street, dividing the traffic lanes into passages only sufficiently wide to permit one car to pass another.

Story by Driver
Interviewed by a Missourian reporter a short time after the accident Mr. Haman told the following story:

"Harry Abbott, my helper, and I were returning from Kelso, where we had done a little work, and came into the city by the way of Bloomfield Road. At the Boulevard intersection I turned north on Boulevard and after turning onto the street I saw Pete Fulbright's car parked in front of his house and he was bending over at the rear of his car looking at a tire. I sounded the horn on my car and as I passed he straightened up.

Stopped Car Quickly
“Just as I got even with the front of Fulbright’s car I saw a child run out and before I could stop the right fender of my car had struck him. I was moving slowly and stopped, I would say, within eight feet after striking the boy. I could have stopped within a food or two less, but did not want to stop with the wheels on his body. The front wheel ran over him.

“Abbott and myself went to the boy and saw he was badly hurt and Mr. and Mrs. Fulbright and the child’s grandmother, Mrs. J.J. Limbaugh, rushed him in Fulbright’s car to a physician’s office.
(continued on page 9)-I never located the rest of story.

Southeast Missourian Mar 28, 1933 pg 1

Funeral services for J. C. Adams, 3 years old, son of Mrs. Irma Adams of 307 South Boulevard, who was fatally injured late Monday afternoon when he was struck by an automobile in front of his home, were held this afternoon at the Red Star Baptist Church. Rev. W. E. Hicks, pastor, conducted the services, and burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The youngster was struck by a car driven north on the Boulevard by Wm. H. Haman. 68 of 115 North Henderson Avenue, when he darted from in front of another car, owned by Pete Fulbright and parked in front of his home at 306 South Boulevard, into the path of Haman's car. Mr. Haman, who stopped immediately to offer assistance, gave his version of the accident at an inquest conducted by Coroner J. A. Moore. He was exonerated.
Southeast Missourian Mar 29, 1933

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