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 Bertha Nevada <I>DeVoe</I> Day

Bertha Nevada DeVoe Day

Marysville, Yuba County, California, USA
Death 5 Feb 1911 (aged 39)
Butte County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 32517929 · View Source
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Died: at age 39; hit by a train

Married: Jul 22, 1889, WILLIAM GUY DAY, Yuba Co., California

Two children:
1. Guy Elmer DAY
1890 - 1971
2. George William DAY
1898 - 1954

Feb 7, 1911, Chico Record,, Chico, CA
Mother Killed While On Way To Depot To Bid Her Son Good-Bye. Mrs. Bertha Day Frightfully Mangled Under Wheel of Chico-Sacramento Motor. Coroner’s Jury Exonerates Southern Pacific Company From All Blame.
Mrs. Bertha Nevada Day was run down and instantly killed Sunday shortly after 12 o’clock noon by the Chico-Sacramento motor car. The woman was struck apparently while walking to the depot from her home on Eighth street. She left her home to go to the train to see her son, Guy Day, and his wife depart for Los Angeles. It was raining at the time and she held her umbrella over her head while walking against the wind and rain. It was due to this and accompanying noise of a switching freight train that prevented her from hearing the approaching motor.

Death instantaneous.
The death was instantaneous there is no doubt. The car passed entirely over Mrs. Day’s body, bruising and mangling her frightfully. No one saw the accident.

Southern Pacific Exonerated.
The coroner’s inquest held yesterday afternoon in the city hall resulted in a verdict exonerating the railroad company. The verdict was that death was due to the deceased being struck accidentally by a Southern Pacific motor car. Guy R. Kennedy represented William Day, husband of the deceased, and Guy and George Day, sons of the unfortunate woman. George Green, a special agent, was present in the interests of the railroad company.

Son Says Not Suicide.
On the stand at the inquest, Guy Day stated that he was informed soon after the accident that a woman had been run over by the car. He rushed to the scene and found his mother lying face-downward across the tracks near the Sixth street crossing. He asked someone to turn her over. At that time he was not sure it was his mother. When she was turned over her recognized her, and immediately said, “Could she have done it herself?” He stated his mother had no objection to his going to Los Angeles and that she was to follow him within a month for the benefit of her health. He was positive his mother did not commit suicide.

Goodmanson testified to seeing no one on the tracks and said the usual precautions had been used in backing down from the Chico depot to the sidetracks in Barber, where the car is stationed between runs.

Dr. O. Stansbury, who was summoned by Coroner Wallace to examine the body soon after the accident, testified to the extent of the wounds. According to his testimony, many bones were broken and the body was a mass of bruises and wounds.

Frank Adamson, Floyd McPherson, City Marshal Goe and J. Reed, private secretary of Superintendent Sheridan, also gave testimony. The case was given to the jury shortly after 4 o’clock, and within thirty minutes a verdict was arrived at. The jury was composed of J.W. Baker, foreman, C. Garthaffner, George T. Cole, G.W. Bennet, A.H. Wood, Jefferson Ewton, C.C. Richardson.

All Precautions Observed.
There was nothing in all the testimony to show that the railroad men had not exercised the proper caution in backing down the tracks, and on the other hand it was shown that the usual warning whistled has been blown. From the bits of torn clothing, umbrella and pieces of flesh and blood on the tracks, it was shown that the woman had been struck while on the private grounds of the railroad company.

The Dead Woman.
Bertha Nevada Day was born in Marysville, Yuba county, in 1872. Her parents name was Devoe. She had lived in this section of the State all her life, and was well and favorably known in this city. Her untimely death is sincerely mourned by a wide circle of loving friends and relatives.

Surviving are two sons, Guy and George Day of this city, and her husband, William Day. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Williamson of Oroville, also survives. She was an honored member of Golden Feather Lodge, Fraternal Brotherhood.

Funeral Services Tomorrow.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Fraternal Brotherhood hall, corner of Third and Broadway. Rev. G.L. Lobdell will officiate, and the interment will occur in the Chico cemetery.
Feb 9, 1911, Chico Record, Chico, CA:
Mrs. Day Laid At Rest.
The funeral of Mrs. Bertha Nevada Day was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock from The Fraternal Brotherhood Hall. The attendance was large and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. The services were under the auspices of The Fraternal Brotherhood, of which the deceased was an honored member. Rev. W.G. White preached the sermon.

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Gravesite Details birth date on headstone is carved in error, born 1871





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