Friday, August 10, 2012

Newspapers: Car Scared Horse, Caused Buggy Accident

The things you can learn from old newspapers!  

From The Mt. Vernon Signal
Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
24 Aug 1917
"About 4:30, Friday afternoon, a very bad accident occured on Dixie Highway. Misses Lena, Gracie and Emma Taylor were on their way home from the funeral of Mrs. Hariett Burdette, when Claude Griffin's car scared the horse, which they were driving, causing him to throw the girls under the buggy. The horse began to run and dragged the buggy a short distance. The buggy was torn to pieces but the girls were not seriously hurt. The horse was scratched up a little."
Emma Taylor was my grandmother. I don't believe she ever told us this story. My mother and my aunt don't remember hearing it either. 

Mamaw was two months from turning 17 years old at the time of this accident. Gracie was her older half-sister and Lena was her first cousin. Hariett (Ramsey) Burdette, whose funeral they had attended, was Gracie's aunt.

Chronicling America, Mt. Vernon Signal.


  1. Love finding stories like these. My gr gr grandmother had a similar type of accident. Only hers did not end so well.

    1. I've found so much in this block of Signals. There will be blog posts coming for a few months.

  2. Wow - crazy story. You'd think she would have told all of her family about it.