Esther Smith

Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015.

Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 15 Jun 1893, pg. 2.

Died, of paralysis March 20, at 6 a. m. Michal Smith aged 75 years. Deceased was a consistent member of the Baptist church and held his membership at Aubry at the time of his death. The funeral services were conducted by the Baptist pastor, Rev. Shoufler at the church in Aubry at 11 o'clock last Monday and the remains laid to rest in the Aubry cemetery.

Mrs. Esther Smith, a weakly woman in the sixty-ninth year of her age, while attempting to cross the track of the Ft. Scott railroad at Ocheltree, about half past six o'clock wednesday [sic] evening, June 6th, was run over by the passenger train and instantly killed. The old lady seemed to have become confused at the whistling of the engine and ringing of the bell, and was powerless to get out of danger. Sheriff Easdale and Coroner Hamil when to the scene of the accident at once, but an inquest was deemed unnecessary. Mrs. Smith was an aunt of Mrs. Ch. H. Mossman, of Olathe, and that lady and her husband went to Ocheltree as soon as the word was received here the same evening. The remains were interred in Aubry cemetery, Friday and were accompanied to the grave by a large number of sorrowing friends of the deceased. The funeral services were held at Ocheltree, conducted by Rev. Levi Senter, nearly every citizen of the village and surrounding country being in attendance. Trains should be prohibited from running through towns at a high rate of speed.

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