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 Katie M “Kate” <I>Ward</I> Harris

Katie M “Kate” Ward Harris

Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 10 Oct 1936 (aged 68)
Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Burial Devon, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 73593042 · View Source
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Mrs. Jack R. Harris, 19 South Hill Street, Dies in Crash; Husband Severely Hurt.


Clifford, Claud and Jessie Uttinger Are in Second Car Figuring in Smashup East of City.

Mrs. Jack R. Harris of 19 South Hill street was fatally injured, her husband received a fracture of his left leg just above the knee, and fractures of four ribs in his left side. Clifford Uttinger, a son of Andy Uttinger of three miles east of Fort Scott on U.S. Highway 54, received a concussion of the brain, and his sister, Jessie, received cuts on the head and a badly bruised knee as the result of a car collision Saturday night about 7 o'clock on U.S. Highway 54 just a short distance west of the Uttinger home. Mrs. Harris' neck was broken and she died very shortly after the accident. The injured persons were taken to the Main Street hospital in a Cheney ambulance.

Two other occupants of the Uttinger car besides Clifford escaped injury. They were his brother, Claud, and his sister, Jessie. Claud was driving the Uttinger car at the time.

Mr. and Mrs. Harris had taken advantage of the fine weather to go for a drive. The had driven out east on U.S. Highway 54 and were returning to Fort Scott, driving west, at the time of the accident. The Uttinger children had been to Fort Scott and were driving eastward toward their home at the time of the crash.

As darkness neared Mr. Harris tried his light switch and found that his lights would not burn. Realizing the danger of driving along a much traveled highway after nightfall without lights, Mr. Harris arranged with another motorist who stopped to convoy him back to Fort Scott, the Harrises to follow close behind the other motorist and see by his lights.

The two cars, the Harris car and its escort, had just passed the Uttinger place going west when the Uttinger car came around a curved from the opposite direction. It swung around the car escorting the Harris car and then back to the left and the next instant the two cars met head on.

Mrs. Harris expired in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Clifford Uttinger received a laceration on the forehead which was closed with stiches. He was able to return home today. Jessie Uttinger was returned to her home later Saturday night.

It was fortunate that after the crash farmers of the locality had the presence of mind to carry lighted lanterns to the scene to flag down drivers, as otherwise it is almost certain that other cars would have run into those involved in the wreck. This was done immediately after the accident with the result that drivers were warned well before they reached the location of the wrecked cars.

Mr. Harris, 68-year-old Frisco switchman, told attending physicians after the accident about his lights failing to function, and about driving behind the other car so that he could see by its lights. He said he intended to travel in that way only until he could reach a phone, and then to phone to Fort Scott for somebody to come out and repair the lights. Mr. Harris said the Uttinger car had no lights and that as it approached it veered over to the wrong side of the highway.

Mr. Harris was reported today at the Main Street Mercy hospital, where he was taken after the accident, to be considerably improved. Aside from the fractures he apparently escaped serious injury. No symptoms of internal injuries had developed today.

Clifford Uttinger was not seriously injured and was taken home from the hospital today. He and his brother and sister who were in the accident are children of Andy Uttinger of three miles east of here.

Mrs. Kate Ward Harris, daughter of Peter and Sarah Ward, was born August 12, 1868, at Terre Haute, Ind. She was married to Jack Harris in fort Scott October 12, 1897, and today marked their wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her husband and four daughters. The children are Mrs. Ardelia Moore, 1002 South main street; Mrs. Katherine Jackson, 608 East Second street; Mrs. Freda King, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Miss Jennie Harris at home. One daughter is deceased. There is also a sister, Mrs. Mary Thomas, of Terre Haute, Ind. There are five granchildren.

Mrs. Harris had resided in Fort Scott for 40 years. She was a member of the Christian church. She was of a retiring home-loving disposition and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a true Christian character devoting her life to her home and family and to the task of helping others. Her wide circle of friends and acquaintances were shocked to hear of her untimely death.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at the first Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. R.O. Penick, assisted by the Rev. T.M. Tucker. Interment will be made in the family lot in the Centerville cemetery.

The remains can be viewed at the Cheney chapel tomorrow morning up to the time of the funeral.

A daughter, Mrs. Freda King, arrived last night from Colorado Springs.



Services Were Held at Methodist Church Yesterday

A large number of sorrowing friends and neighbors gathered at the First Methodist church yesterday afternoon to pay their last tribute at the funeral of Mrs. Kate Ward Harris, who was killed in an auto accident last Saturday evening. Frisco men and women, the Mary and Martha class of the Church of God and the Lakin class of the Methodist church attended in a body.

The Rev. R.O. Penick conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. T.M. Tucker of the Church of God. The latter read several befitting passages of scripture and offered prayer.

Mr. Penick spoke from the Twenty-third Psalm, picturing the all-sufficiency of the divine to meet all human needs, and applying to human life and its outlook the teaching there of the shepherding of the soul in the infinite love of the great shepherd.

He urged upon the sorrowing ones the comfort to be had in the fixing the mind upon the triumph of all, and here of the loved one, in passing "through the valley of the shadow of death" in perfect fearlessness and peace, because the soul had learned security while being led in green pastures beside still waters.

He referred to the home-loving nature of the deceased and pressed home to the loved ones the comfort to be found in the thought of her passion for home here being much more fully realized in "the house not made with hands."

Will Scott sang in a beautiful manner two solos, "Beautiful Isle" and "Sometime We'll Understand." Mrs. Hazel Konantz was the organist.

There was a vast array of flowers, tributes of love and esteem that were neatly arranged about the altar and casket. A large block of pink carnations was inscribed "Wife and Mother," a pretty spray of tube roses inscribed "Grandmother," and other sprays of roses, carnations and gladioli, all from the family and relatives.

There were also pieces from the Frisco night men, Eugene Ware Mother's chorus, neighbors and friends, South Side neighbors, Eagles' Lodge, Mary and Martha class, Frisco shop craft, B. of R.T., Music Study Club, Lakin Sunday school class, Methodist Ladies Society, friends from Colorado, friends from Imperial hotel, Colorado Springs; Oak Street neighbors, East Side cafe, Alma Rebekah Lodge, Terre Haute, Ind.; Church of God, Ehrmann Manufacturing Company, Terre Haute; and Frisco yard men, Fort Scott.

Interment was made in the family lot in the Centerville cemetery. The pallbearers, selected from Frisco men and members of the Eagles lodge, were George Toner, Lee Stiles, Lee Ramsey, John Vail, Fred Ury and Nelson Heller.

Gravesite Details Location: Near Moore family marker, just to the west of daughter Ardelia Harris Moore.




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