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In loving memory

Elizabeth Gaines

Pike County Democrat
Friday , 22 Jan 1937

Elizabeth Gaines, 22, is Killed by Automobile
Miss Elizabeth Gaines, daughter of Mr. & Mrs Harry Gaines, living 1 1/2 miles south of the city, was on Monday morning about 8:30 a.m. struck & killed by an auto while walking on the State highway near her home. The car which struck her was driven by Franklin Davey of Pontiac, Mich. Riding with him were Denver Nixion of Patoka twp, & Lowell Curtis of Lockhart Twp. Davey & two friends driving towards the city & were just passing a truck, which, according to their statement at the Coroner’s inquest, was just barely moving , when the car Miss Gaines. Davey stated none of them saw her until it was to late to stop. They stopped, picked her up & carried her to the residence of Mr Kenneth Youngs, who resides in the Herman Helfenbein property south of here. Dr. Gorden Dickinson was called imediately. but the girl’s condition was such that she died about an hour following the accident. The truck driver went on, & it has not yet been learned whether or not he knew at that time the girl had been struck, as his identity is not known. Dr. D.W. Bell was notified, & after examination of the body, prononced death resulting from concussion of the brain. The young men were held for questioning, being released by Sheriff Goodman on Tuesday afternoon, following the announcement of the Coroner’s verdict: accidental death. Miss Gaines was born. May 24 1915 in Jefferson twp., was 21years, 7months & 24 days of age at the time of her passing. Surviving are here parents & one sister, Elma, at home. Funeral Services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday from the Mission Church here, in charge of Rev. W.W. Denbo, with burial in Logan cemetery in Jefferson Township, Near Iva.

Contributed by: Keith Thompson

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