Rosemary Elizabeth Murphy

Rosemary Elizabeth Murphy

Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Death 25 Dec 1931 (aged 23–24)
Nisswa, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 17, Lot 31, Center
Memorial ID 74506770 · View Source
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Parents were William Ewing and Lillian Koop. She may have been adopted by George F. and Rosa K. Koop Murphy.

                TWO KILLED IN AUTO

            Car Swerves From Highway
              Turning Over Five Times

   Eugene Hitch and Rosemary Elizabeth
  Killed Instantly in Accident on Highway
                             No. 19

      Quiet home observances of Christmas were brought to a tragic ending for two Brainerd families last night by an automobile accident which claimed the lives of one member of each.
      Eugene H. Hitch, 26, Minneapolis, home for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Hitch, Riverside Apartments, West Brainerd, and Rosemary Elizabeth Murphy, 24, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy, 704!/2 Front Street, were the victims.
      the young couple was killed about 11:15 o'clock when the automobile in which they were riding skidded on the icy edge of the highway into the ditch. It turned over five times landing upon its wheels after being catapulted over lengthwise for a fifth time approximately 100 feet from where it left the highway.
      Both were thrown clear of the car. It is believed they were hurtled through the roof as the machine rolled over the final time. The body of Miss Murphy was found about 30 feet from the wreckage. Hitch's body was badly mangled and lay about ten feet from the car.
      Death is believed to have been instantaneous.
      The accident happened near the Oak Grove store about 12 miles north of Brainerd on Highway No. 19. Marks on the highway show that the car left the road as it rounded a slight curve.
      In reconstructing the accident, it is believed that the driver applied the brakes on the machine as it struck the icy surface which had formed in a sport on the highway. The machine swerved and in turning, the front wheel gave away, plunging the car into the ditch. Originally traveling northward, tire prints and the position in which the machine was found indicated that it skidded completely around as the driver struggled to regain control of it.
      Shortly before 11 o'clock, Miss Murphy had called her parents by telephone sayig that she would be home within a short time. At that time, she said that she and Hitch were going for a short drive but that they would be back soon.
      About 9:30 o'clock, Miss Murphy and Hitch visited Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sullivan at their home. conversation drifted to discussion of how beautifully homes were decorated. Taking the Sullivan car and with Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Jeglosky, Duluth, with them, the young couple drove about Brainerd viewing the beautifully decorated homes.
      Later, the party decided to drive to Nisswa to visit Mr. and Mrs. Dave Arthurs, old friends of Gene's. Mr. and Mrs. Jeglosky, deciding not to accompany them to Nisswa, were taken to their home and Miss Murphy and Hitch started for the Arthurs' home.
      Mrs. D. D. Closterman who operates the Oak Grove store and lives nearby, was the first to reach the scene. She was startled by a deafening crash just as she was preparing to retire. Running to the door of her home, she saw the still shining and bright lights of a badly wrecked automobile resting in the ditch.
      Fearing a serious accident, Mrs. Closterman ran to the scene. She was blinded by the bright lights, stumbling over the body of Hitch about ten feet from the car. It lay on the bank of the ditch. She then found the body of Miss Murphy about 30 feet away.
      Coroner D. E. Whitney was called and took charge of the bodies.
      No inquest will be held. Coroner Whitney held that the deaths resulted by accident.
      The car, and Essex sedan, was practically demolished.
      Both Miss Murphy and Hitch were widely known and were prominent members of Brainerd's younger set. Hitch was manager of a branch store maintained by the Rothschild Clothing company on the campus of the University of Minnesota. He lived at 1515 University avenue, Southeast.
      News of their untimely deaths stunned their wide circle of friends and brought sorrow to the homes of the two widely-known Brainerd families.
      The youth had spent the day with his parents. He had intended to return to Minneapolis on an early morning train today to resume charge of his store.
      Both Miss Murphy and Hitch attended the local schools, graduating from the Brainerd high school. Later, Hitch attended the University of Minnesota. Miss Murphy had attended St. Catharine's school, St. Paul, and St. Mary's of the Woods college in Indiana.
      Miss Murphy is survived by her parents.
      His parents and a sister, Nancy Roberts, survive Hitch.
      The death of Eugene Hitch marks the second of a tragic nature in the Hitch family. A younger brother, Robert,
was killed about ten years ago in a sleigh-riding accident.
      Funeral services for Hitch will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon in the Iron Exchange. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
      Burial arrangement had not been completed late today for Miss Murphy. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch,26 December 1931, p. 1, c.'s 6 & 7)

                  VICTIMS CAR UPSET
                 BURIED HERE TODAY
                  IN SEPARATE RITES

                   HITCH FAMILIES

      While condolences continued to be received by the bereaved families, funeral services were conducted here today for Rosemary Elizabeth Murphy and Eugene Hitch, prominently known young people, victims Christmas night of a car accident on State Trunk Highway No. 19, 12 miles north of Brainerd.
      The condolences included expressions of sorrow from hosts of their young friends in Brainerd and the northwest. Both Hitch and Miss Murphy were former popular members of college campus life.
      Services for Miss Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Murphy, 704 1/2 Front Street, were held this morning at the St. Francis Catholic church, Rev. James Hogan officiating. Interment was at Evergreen cemetery.
      Pallbearers were members of her set in and out of Brainerd as follow: Joseph Dunn, William Graham, Arthur J. Sullivan, Brainerd; Wallace Melany, St. Paul, William Woodruff, Minneapolis and W. J. Jeglosky, Duluth.
      Funeral rites for Hitch were held at the Iron Exchange hall this afternoon under the direction of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
      The yung man, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Hitch, Riverside Apartments, West Brainerd, made his home in Minneapolis where he was employed but visited his parents here over weekends as opportunity afforded.
      Hitch obtained his higher education at the University of Minnesota. The contacts he gained there became largely responsible for his success at the campus store of the Maurice L. Rothschild Co. He was promoted to manager of the store and his future success received high recommendation from his superiors.
      Miss Murphy attended Brainerd high school, transferring to St. Mary's of the Woods at Terra Haute, Ind. From there she attended St. Catherine's at St. Paul graduating after attending two years. Later she took an additional year's study at St. Catherine's college.
      Among out of the city friends who attended the services for Miss Murphy were:
      Mr. and Mrs. William Woodruff, Minneapolis; Clinton Byrne and Wallace Mullaney, St. Paul; Isobel McFaul, of Chicago; Miss Catherine Lennon, St. Paul; Mrs. Helen Clark, St. Paul, formerly of Brainerd; Elizabeth Hardigan, St. Paul; Dr. Richardson, St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Linneman, Crosby; Mr and Mrs. Grover Koop, Jamestown, N. D.; Ed Best, Evelyn McMicking, Jack Coltz, Winifred Moore, Marie Whellan, Dr. Koop, Cold Springs; Betty and Francis Whitley, Mrs. Loraine Fisher of Duluth. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 28 December 1931, p. 2, c. 3)

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