Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ypsi-Ann Car Hurts Two Men

The Detroit Free Press, January 7, 1909
Considering the serene rural setting of Eloise at the turn of the 1900s it's hard to imagine that anybody could have been struck by a train but the fact that it happened with great frequency suggests that some other force was at play. Perhaps it was many blind spots at the crossings from trees and brush, variances of speeds between the two struck objects or just a general malaise from a less hectic period of time. Whatever it was put a good licking to two prominent doctors in January of 1909.

While traveling between farms in Livonia to survey the foot and mouth epidemic among the area cattle Drs. Clark Hayes of Columbus, Ohio and R. M. McKinney of Elm were struck by a westbound rail car and their horse-drawn carriage shattered to splinters along the road.

Hayes, a veterinary inspector for the US bureau of animal industry sustained a fractured hip and suspected internal injuries while McKinney received serious cuts and bruises. Both were tended to by Superintendent Marker and his assistant Dr. Earle.

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