Harry Kidder White

Harry Kidder White

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 7 Nov 1924 (aged 64)
Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 5, Site: 7022
Memorial ID 49339386 · View Source
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The Bee
Danville, Virginia
November 7, 1924
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Retired Marine Corps Officer Succumbs at Early Hour at Hospital

Colonel H. K. White, 63, of Washington, D C, with his wife were injured Wednesday afternoon while coming to Danville from Southport, N. C., close to the State line, died at Edmunds Hospital at two o'clock this morning.

His condition during the course of yesterday became rapidly worse, edema of the lungs setting in, which with a chronic anemic condition, produced death. Shock of the accident aggravated the complaints which had caused his retirement from the United States Marine Corps the wounds suffered about the jaw and throat being in themselves not necessarily fatal. Mrs. White, badly gashed about the throat, is not considered seriously ill, though, the shock of her husband's death has had severe effect.

Disposition of Col. White's remains remained uncertain this morning, pending the arrival of relatives who have been notified. Mrs. Thomas S. Thompson, of Lynchburg, a sister of Mrs. White is expected here today, also Captain Thompson from Washington. A sister of Col. White in Louisville, KY, has also been apprised of the fatal termination of the accident and is expected here today. F. W. Townes who has charge of the remains said this morning that he was without advices. Probably, however, the remains wall be taken to Washington and interment will probably take place with military honors in Arlington cemetery.

Anxiety on the part of attending physicians became pronounced on yesterday afternoon. Throughout Wednesday night and early Thursday when an x-ray examination revealed no cranial fracture, the belief prevailed that Col. White would recover. The complication which began to manifest itself could not be offset.

Captain C. A. Grenier, of Boston, Mass., who was on his way from Pinehurst to Danville, and who, by coincidence also is an officer in the
Marine corps, stated this morning that Col. White is widely known and respected in military and social circles in Washington and the South. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a classmate of General Barnett. He was retired from active service eleven years ago but volunteered for service during the World War, during which period he had charge of court martials. He retired again but was recalled to take charge of naval records. His health, however, compelled definite retirement once more.

Captain Grenier, who saw the accident and who with others probably saved Col. White from immediate death in the wreck, abandoned personal plans to render service to the two victims and will probably remain in Danville for several days. He states that Col. White's Packard car had crossed the State and was sweeping up the curving incline to the Southern Railway underpass when a loaded truck stopped quickly and apparently, Col. White in an effort to avoid striking it, turned to the right and was off the road and down the fifteen foot embankment before he knew it.

Captain Grenier does not believe the the car was moving at an excessive rate of speed, but that the accident was the result of an effort to avoid a rear-end collision.

A farmer named Pyron and a Reidsville man named Cook hastened with Captain Grenier from their cars to reach the Packard which was laying on its side against a stump. To the stump was attached barbed wire and it was this which mutilated the throats of the two occupants of the car. The position of the car was such that Col. White's head was cught between the back of the seat and the fence post and was rapidly strangling. Captain Grenier says he will never know how the three men moved the heavy car sufficiently to give the pinioned colonel breathing space. Pyron, a man of unusual physical strength is said to have literally torn the stump from the earth.

Mrs. White was found bleeding and crumpled up on the floor with some of the baggage which had been in the tonneau littered about her. Both the injured were carried to Captain Grenier's car and he hastened with them to the hospital. Pyron in the meantime took charge of the baggage and personal effects which included some valuable papers, and also removed such portable equipment in the car to his home. Yesterday the car was dragged to the road and was found not to be damaged excessively. The steering apparatus was found intact, it is said.

The tragic accident has resulted in numerous offers of personal assistance to Mrs. White from many Danville people with their accustomed generosity and the desire to be of service to those in affliction. Many have called at the hospital but Mrs. White's condition is such that she must have absolute quiet as she is suffering not only from the pain of the lacerations and from the shock incidental to such an accident but from great mental shock sustained with her bereavement.

Advices received by Mr. Townes early this afternoon were that relatives would arrive on train NO 35 this afternoon to make arrangements for the funeral.
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Col. White, it develops as a member of the same class at the naval academy of which the present Secretary of War. Senator O. E. Weeler, of Maryland and other prominent men were members. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., January 25,1860. After completing the prescribed two years of sea service he was appointed second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1883. Progressing through the various grades he was retired November 26, 1909, in the grade of colonel for incapacity resulting from service.

As a captain he commanded Company E. of Colonel Huntington's battalion which distinguished itself at Guantanamo during the Spanish war. Upon the outbreak of the World War, Colonel White was recalled to active duty for service in the New York navy yard until 1919. Two years later he was again recalled to active duly and assigned to the office of naval intelligence in the Navy Department, resuming retired status December, 1922.

The Bee
Danville, Virginia
November 8, 1924
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Col. White Will Be Laid to Rest In Arlington

The remains of Colonel Harry Kidder White, distinguished, Spanish war veteran, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, at Edmunds hospital early yesterday morning, were removed on the midnight train to Washington, where interment was to take place this morning in Arlington cemetery. The remains reached Washington at half past seven o'clock this morning, and were removed, to the Corcoran avenue home of Mrs. Phelps, sister-in-law of the deceased.

Mrs. White accompanied her husbands body with a party of eight relatives and friends who assembled in Danville after the arrival of the late evening trains. Physicians held that Mrs. White was well enough to stand the trip and she was removed from Edmunds hospital in an invalid car to the train and from there removed into the drawing room of the fast train. Among those who were called to Danville by the retired officer's death, were Mrs. Phelps of Washington; Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Thompson, of Southport. N. C., whom Col. and Mrs. White had been visiting just before the tragic accident, and Captain Frank Thompson, of Washington, D.C.

Motor fatalities have played a large part in the lives of several of those who were identified with the funeral party here last night. Mrs. Phelp's husband was killed was killed in an automobile accident two years ago this coming Christmas. At almost the same hour and on the same day that Col. White sustained his fatal injuries. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson's son was injured in an accident near High Point, N. C., where his car turned over. He however, is out of danger and he sustained no broken bones. Captain Grenier, who was the first to reach the wrecked car and who was of subsequent service to the victims, lost his wife in an accident in which their car was hit by a motor truck some years ago.

Mrs. White is understood to have paid a warm tribute to Danville people before she left on her sorrowful journey. She said that she had traveled largely in this and other countries but that she had never encountered such a broad measure of sympathetic kindness as in Danville. Her hospital room has been filled with flowers ever since her plight became generally known. An unusual number of floral designs were sent with the bier to Washington, most of these coming from people of this community, who did not know the victims, but who were touched by the tragic circumstances.

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