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Indianapolis (IN) News, September 2, 1882, p. 2.

Submitted by Randi Richardson

Phil Anderson, freight brakeman on the I. & V. Road, had his left hand so badly mashed at Bicknell that it will be necessary to ampute it at the wrist. He resides at Spencer, is married, and the father of two children.


Indianapolis (IN) Journal, November 3, 1896, p. 5.

Submitted by Randi Richardson

Spencer, Ind., Nov. 2-Felix D. Badger, a prominent citizen of this city, while driving to his farm this morning was run over and killed by a four-horse team that had become frightened and was running away.


Owen County (IN) Democrat, February 9, 1899, p. 1.

Submitted by Randi Richardson

The Casparis Stone Quarry at Romona was the scene of a bad accident Saturday afternoon about five o'clock by which one man, Michael Carmicello, an Italian laborer age 28 years, lost his life and a colored laborer named Tilman, was slightly injured. The accident occurred while a gang of workmen were engaged in loading heavy stone on cars. A guy rope on the derrick broke allowing the heavy mast to fall among the workmen. It struck Carmicello on the shoulder dislocating it and injuring him internally. Dr. Coble was dispatched for but his injuries were of such a nature that nothing could be done to save him., and he bore his sufferings until ten o'clock that night when death relieved him. His remains were taken charge of by Undertake Ed Drescher, and his body was taken to Martinsville Monday morning for burial in the Catholic Cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife who is in Italy.


Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Telephone, October 4, 1892, p. 1.

Submitted by Randi Richardson

A northbound freight train on the Monon struck and instantly killed Blan Whitaker, an aged citizen of Quincy, yesterday morning.


Ellettsville, Indiana, Glass Blowers Meet Death at Railroad

Muskegon (MI) Chronicle, March 19, 1912, p. 3.

Submitted by Randi Richardson

Ellettsville, Indiana, March 19-Five men in a surrey were killed outright by a passenger train on the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad at a crossing near here early today. They had spent last evening at a theater at Bloomington and were driving to Spencer where they were employed as glass blowers. They were: Martin Worden (consider Warden as a spelling variant), Louisville, Ky.; Emmett Williams, Kansas City, Mo.; Art Farmer, Summitville, Indiana; Hal Brown, Spencer, Indiana; and Jesse Rogers, Spencer, Indiana.

The engine struck the surrey squarely and splintered it. Four of the men were thrown clear of the track, but the body of Worden was caught by the pilot of the locomotive and carried a mile and a half to this city. Train men went back to the crossing and found the torn bodies of Worden's companions. The two horses hitched to the surrey were not hurt.


Owen County Democrat; February 2, 1928

Submitted by Debbie Jennings

A.S. Gross, age 63 years, one of Spencer's well-known draymen, suffered a stroke of paralysis this morning while driving his truck on N. Main Street. He lost control of the truck and it ran across the sidewalk onto the O.E. Dunn lawn, struck a tree and rebounded, going forward again, it ran against the Frank C. Dunn residence and stopped. Those who witnessed the accident went to Mr. Gross assistance. Dr. B. E. Lemmon was summoned and Mr. Gross was taken to his home on S. West Street where he remained unconscious. As we go to press we learn that Mr. Gross passed away this afternoon without regaining consciousness. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Willard Home Burns

Owen County Leader; April 25, 1874

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

The residence of Henry Willard four miles west of Spencer was burned on Tuesday afternoon. Most of the household goods were saved. The fire originated from a defective flue.

Telegraph Operator Shocked

Owen County News Journal; May 5 1930

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

While an electrical storm was raging lightning struck the telegraph office at Gibson shattering the windows and burning a large cable. Orin Honsberger was thrown across the room and terribly shocked.

Lightning Stickes Acton Home

Owen County News Journal; May 5 1930

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

The home of George W. Swalls at Acton was struck by lightning and badly damaged. The members of the family received severe shocks but have recovered.


Owen County Leader; May 21, 1930

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Wednesday noon, the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Andy McGuire living south of Spencer on the Freedom road was totally destroyed with all the contents by fire. About noon, Mrs. McGuire prepared Mr. McGuire's dinner and she with the two children went to the field to take the lunch. Neighbors noticed the house to be on fire but by the time it was reached it was beyond control. None of the contents were saved. It is said only a small insurance was carried on the house. A defective flue was the cause. Several years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Dan V. Lucas lived on this farm.


Owen County News Journal; May 5, 1930

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

While Carl Wayman, nine years old, son of Charles Wayman of Brownstown, confined to his bed with rheumatism was playing with a cushioin stuffed with the silky down of milkweeds pods, some of the seed from the down entered his left eye and inflammation developed. He was removed to a hospital in Columbus where it is thought the eye will have to be removed.


Owen County Leader" September 7, 1921

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

James M. Miller, 45 years old a farmer of Jefferson township near Arney was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon of last week by a cave-in of dirt while making an excavation for a bridge abutment at the Earl Miller place. Miller was working in the hole some 12 feet deep when a huge section of the wall broke loose. It did not break to pieces but fell as a big clod catching Miller at the bottom of the hole. His body was badly crushed and he died almost instantly. His head and one hand protruded from beneath this mass of dirt and his features soon became blackened from the blood forced to his head. Two other workmen were with him and they tore away the mass of dirt as soon as possible but he was dead before released. Dr. C.F. Pectol, coroner was summoned and he stated that practically every bone in his upper body was broken and crushed into his chest. Miller is survived by the widow and four children. Mrs. Miller will be remember here as a daughter of Lincoln Dickerson who was killed in 1898 in the Pierson block fire.


Gosport Reporter" January 21, 1917

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Dr. and Mrs. G.R. Willoughby and little daughter, Rebecca met with an automobile accident Sunday afternoon while on their way to visit relatives west of town that came very near proving fatal to Mrs. Willoughby.Their Ford touring car turned completely over down a fifteen foot embankment injuring the Doctor about the head and face and breaking two of Mrs. Willoughby's ribs and otherwise injuring her. Rebecca received only a slight scratch on her forehead. The accident occurred at a bad place in the road a short distance west of Carp hill on the Spencer-Carp pike about six miles west of Gosport. Dr Willoughby was driving and in attempting to get out of a deep mudhole without stalling his motor, cut the car diagonally across the road and speeded the engine. The car moved so quickly the road being very narrow that before he could straighten the front wheels or cut off the motor and apply the brakes, they went over the embankment. The car turned completely over landing right side up at the foot of the grade. Dr. Willoughby received numerous cuts and bruises about his head and face from the windshield glass. Mrs Willoughby sustained two broken ribs and numerous bruises, while the little daughter, Rebecca escaped with a slight scratch on her forehead. Dr. Pectol of Spencer drove by within a few minutes after the accident occurred and rendered first aid. Mrs. Willoughby was placed in bed at a nearby farm house where she remained until she had somewhat recovered from the shock and then brought home late in the afternoon. The car was not badly wrecked.


Owen County Leader September 24, 1953

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Stephan James Vaughn, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Vaughn, died at 11 o'clock Wednesday night in the Bloomingto hospital where he had been a patient for a few hours. He was burned Wednesday noon, when he pulled the cord to a deep fryer and upset the hot grease on himself. He was born October 22, 1952 a son of Jack and Delores Duling Vaughn, who survive. Other survivors include the grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Russell Duling, and John Vaughn; the great grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Ross Duling, Mr. and Mrs. James Fiscus and Barnett Vaughn; an aunt, Peggy Vaughn, and an uncle Jimmy Duling. Several cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Spencer Church of the Nazarene. Rev. David Krick of Columbus and Rev. M.E. Scott will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. West and Son is in charge of arrangements.


Owen County Leader November 13, 1969

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Mr and Mrs. Ross Duling of 207 South Washington Street, Spencer were fatally injured and three others were injured in a two car collision at the intersection of Indiana Roads 43 and 46 east of Spencer at about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Duling, 83, who died almost immediately, and Mrs. Duling, 83, who died as a West and Son ambulance arrived with her at Bloomington hospital became Owen County's ninth and tenth traffic accident victims of the year. Injured were Austin W. Franklin, 50, his wife, Kathleen, 48, and their daughter, Deborah, 14. They were taken by West and Son to the Bloomington hospital where they were admitted after receiving emergency treatment. Mr. Franklin sustained chin and forehead lacerations and a leg injury, Mrs. Franklin sustained a deep laceration near the right eye and an arm injury, Miss Franklin sustained face lacerations. State Trooper Mel Kline who had been at the intersection only about 15 minutes before the collision and was on patrol just southwest of Spencer when he received a radio call to go to the scene, said witnesses told him- Mr. Duling was driving off Road 43 onto Road 46 making a left turn in the direction of Spencer and the Mr. Franklin was driving east on Road 46 when the two cars collided. The Franklin car came to rest against an embankment on the north side of Road 46 almost directly opposite the intersection and the Duling car was in a like position several feet east of the Franklin car. Trooper Kline said both cars were total losses. Two ambulances, three state police units and several State Highway Department vehicles were on the scene within a few minutes and the heavy traffic moving along Road 46 at that time of day was moved past the scene in a single lane part of the time until wreckers removed the vehicles.


20 November 1920 "Owen County Journal" News

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

MRS. WILL THURGOOD and young son, Malcolm, of Evansville came Wednesday to visit her parents, J. H. MURPHY and wife. It will be remembered that the boy, Malcolm, met with a peculiar accident here last spring when a fish hoke caught in his left eye. He was rushed to a specialist and it was thought the eye might be saved. It proved false hope, however, the sight being destroyed.

Miss Egnor Improving

16 December 1915 "Owen County Journal" News

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

The many friends of MISS OLIVE EGNOR, who was hurt in the automobile accident last week, will be glad to know that she is getting along as well as could be expected. Unless unexpected complications arise her ultimate recovery is assured. MISS LURA SLAUGHTER, the other victum of the accident is now able to be around.


24 Nov 1904 "Tri County Reporter"

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

ARL HOLSAPPLE was severly cut on the chin one evening last week by some boys dropping glass from an opera house window and striking him.


September 19, 1890--ALASKA

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Mr. SAMUEL DALTON who lives about one mile north of Quincy, while returning from Spencer fair last week and while driving one of this horses in a cart, was severely kicked by the animal in the bowels and breast, and the latest report says he cannot live but a short time. Mr. DALTON has been a regular patron of the Gosport fair with stock. The sad accident is to be regretted.

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