Evans, John 1919

MARCH 5, 1919


Widow Blames Crowded Condition of Interurban For Husband’ Death.


Was On Way Home After Buying Wedding Anniversary Gift

“The crowded condition of the interurban traction company car on which he was riding home was responsible for the death of my husband who was hurled from the platform as he car swung around the curve at Walker’s late yesterday afternoon.”
Such was he decalaration of Mrs. John Evans, aged 60 of 222 Lisbon street, Wellsville, following the death of her husband in the East Liverpool City hospital at 4:05 o’clock this morning as the result of a fracture at the base of the skull and other injuries received shortly before 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Evans was hurled to his death from the crowded intruban scarcely 30 hours after the city traction car service had been discontinued Monday morning between East Liverpool and Wellsville as a result of the untimatum of General Manager C. A. Smith of the Steubenville, East Liverpool and Beaver Valley traction company.
Yesterday afternoon the unconscious victim was carried from the place to which he had been hurled from the car to the East Liverpool City hospital where surgeons dressed the wounds. The victim never regained consciousness.
In the pocket of th torn coat was a plain, gold wedding ring.
“John bought it to give me in remembrance of our marriage 25 years ago,” sobbed the wife today. “He was bringing the ring home when he was hurled from the crowded car to his death.
Mrs. Evans then explained between sobs that she and her husband were preparing to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on March 19, and that invitations had already been sent to a large number of friends and relatives.
“The wedding anniversary guests will have to come to the funeral now” moaned the widow this morning. Instead of gifts of silver they will bring wreaths of flowers.”
Mrs. Evans has suffered severely from heart disease ath last eight years and her friends for a time feared that she would not survive he shock of her husband’s death.
JOHN EVANS, who is 48 years old had lived with his wife in Wellsville for 23 years. He was employed as a fireman for the anuealing furnace at the American Sheet and Tin Plate company plant in Wellsville. He was a member of the Methodist Epsicopal church of Wellsville.
Surviving in addition to th wife is one brother, Edward Evans of East Liverpool and seven step-childrean, William E Thompson of Newell, George Thompson of Sebring, Albert Thompson of Wellsville, Ira Thompson of Wellsville, Mrs. John Moore of ?;, Mrs. A. C. Davis of Wellsville and Mrs. George Montgomery of Wellswville. All the step-children are married.

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