Coroner's Inquistions
 1919 - 1931
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Prosperity City Hall in the County and State aforesaid, the 18th day of March A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty one before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of JOHN H. OWENS of Pickens County, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J. S. Shannon, W. A. Davenport, Jim Pet Cook, A. P. Cook, Clyde Hartman, D. F. Taylor being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JOHN H. OWENS came to his death, upon their oaths, do say that the said JOHN H. OWENS, we all agreed that JOHN H. OWENS came to his death by an unavoidable accident by his own truck. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JOHN H. OWENS came to his death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                             /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ John Shannon, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ Jim Pet Cook (L.S.)                                                        /s/ W. A. Davenport (L.S.)

/s/ A. P. Cook (L.S.)                    /s/ Clyde Hartman (L.S.)                        /s/ D. F. Taylor (L.S.)

TESTIMONY

The following testimony was offered at the inquest of John H. Owens, 39, of Pickens, said to have been killed when a truck overturned Wednesday morning, March 18, at the Southern Railway underpass below Prosperity.

ROY E. SINGLEY sworn says:

When I arrived on the scene the truck was upside down and had pinned the deceased underneath. I helped to turn the truck over and removed the dead body from the middle of the road to one side. The truck contained sweet potatoes which were thrown off when it overturned. We picked the potatoes up and carried them up to my house, a short distance from the wreck for safe keeping. I arrived on the scene about 15 or 20 minutes after the wreck occurred. Mr. Owens, the surviving member, told me that he was not making over 15 miles per hour and after a careful examination I do not believe that he was. He also said he was slightly injured and that he was driving the machine at the fatal moment. It occurred just below Prosperity at the underpass in Newberry County. The road was clear and nothing obstructed the view of the driver. The steering just became locked according to what Mr. Owens told me.

Q. Do you think that the truck was running at an excessive rate of speed?

A.  I do not.                                                                                   ROY E. SINGLEY

DAVID CANNON sworn says:

I was at my home about 150 yards away when the wreck happened. I went down and helped to turn the truck over and helped to move the dead body from the middle of the road to the edge of the ditch. I do not know who was driving the truck.

Q. What make of machine?

A.  A Chevrolet truck.

Q. Did it have a cab on it?

A.  I do not know.                                                                          DAVID (X) CANNON

DR. J. I. BEDENBAUGH of Prosperity sworn says:

This is to certify that I have examined the body of John H. Owens and find that he came to his death by a loaded truck turning over on him and breaking his neck.                                             J. I. Bedenbaugh

Prosperity SC                    March 18, 1931

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at H. A. Workman’s Place, No. 6 Township, in the County and State aforesaid, the 18th day of May A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty one before J. W. Wilson, Magistrate, upon view of the body of JEROME BURTON of Newberry County, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of L. H. Senn, William Pitts, Ernest Oxner, Henry Dorroh, Thomas Davenport, Ira Cousins being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JEROME BURTON came to his death, upon their oaths, do say we the jurors  find that JEROME BURTON came to his death from a gun shot wound by the hands of Robert Burton, the same being accidental. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JEROME BURTON came to his death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. W. Wilson, Magistrate, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.

/s/ J. W. Wilson, Magistrate (L.S.)

/s/ L. H. Senn, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ Henry Dorroh (L.S.)                                                        /s/ William Pitts (L.S.)

/s/ Thomas Davenport (L.S.)                  /s/ Ira Cousins (L.S.)                             /s/ Ernest Oxner (L.S.)

TESTIMONY

ROBERT BURTON sworn says:

Me and my brother Jerome were playing with a single barrel shot gun when it went off and shot Jerome in the head. My age is 8 years old.                                                          ROBERT (X) BURTON

I examined the body of Jerome Burton at 9:15 am, May 19, 1931. I found that he came to his death by a gunshot wound of the face and neck.                                        May 19, 1931                    John K. Wicker  MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Mr. John F. Miller’s Place, No. 5 Township, in the County and State aforesaid, the 3rd day of July A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty one before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of LIZZIE BETH BYRD of Newberry County, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of L. J. Brock, J. B. Smith, Van Johnson, W. D. Boozer, C. T. Derrick, S. W. Price being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said LIZZIE BETH BYRD came to her death, upon their oaths, do say we the jurors find that LIZZIE BETH BYRD came to her death on July 3, 1931 from a pistol shot wound inflicted by the hands of John Chalmers. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid LIZZIE BETH BYRD came to her death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                             /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ Luther Brock, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ W. D. Boozer (L.S.)                                                        /s/ J. B. Smith (L.S.)

/s/ C. T. Derrick (L.S.)                 /s/ S. V. Johnson (L.S.)               /s/ S. W. Price (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of LIZZIE BETH BYRD, Newberry County, Newberry SC, July 3, 1931

WINNIE GLASGOW being duly sworn says:

MR. BLEASE:

Q. Now Auntie, what is your name?

A.  Winnie Glasgow

Q. You live on Mr. Miller’s Place?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Who lives with you?

A.  I live with my daughter, Emma Byrd, and her husband.

Q. Were you in the house this afternoon?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Who else in the house this afternoon?

A.  Me and Hodges Miller and my daughter Emma.

Q. Whereabouts in the house were you? In what room?

A.  In that room right there (Indicates)

Q. Sitting in that room there?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Go ahead and tell what John Chalmers did.

A.  He ran in the house – first in that room and then in that one where we were sitting (Indicated which room by pointing). He said, “What does this mean?” and Emma said, “Oh John, don’t do that.”

Q. Emma said don’t do that?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Tell what else happened?

A.  He grabbed me and Lizzie Beth said, “Oh grandma, please save me” and got behind me and I told her I was doing all that I could. He then pushed me over by the fire place.

Q. That is the girl that got killed?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Did Hodges have a gun?

A.  No sir.

Q. Did he have anything?

A.  No sir.

Q. Tried to fight him?

A.  No sir, he didn’t do anything.

Q. This happened in this house?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. In Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. What did Hodges do?

A.  I reckon he must have left.

Q. What did John Chalmers do?

A.  He ran out of the house.

Q. Where did he get in his car?

A.  Over there where he stays.

EMMA BYRD being duly sworn says:

MR. BLEASE:

Q. Emma, you live in this house?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Griffin Byrd’s wife?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Is this woman your mother?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Does she live with you?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Just tell in your own way without getting excited to those gentlemen over there exactly what happened.

A.  I was sitting in there putting on my right stocking. Lizzie Beth had asked me to go to Clinton with her and I told her I was sick and didn’t want to go. She said, “Come on and go – you might get something.” I told her I would go if she would come over and help me put on my clothes as I was sick. So I was putting on my shoes and he ran up in the door and said, “What does this mean?” I ran out and tried to keep him from going in. He said, “God damn you – I will kill all of you.” He went on in that room and shot.

Q. Did you see him shoot?

A.  No sir.

Q. He had a pistol in his hands?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Came with the pistol in his hands?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Cursed and said he would shoot all of you?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Where did he shoot first?

A.  I thought he was going to shoot me. I think he shot as he went in the door.

JURY:

Q. Did he have the pistol in his hands?

Yes sir.

MR. BLEASE:

Q. He went in this room?

A.  Yes sir, and I went to call Mr. Miller.

Q. Was Hodges in the house?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You say she had come to help you dress?

A.  Yes sir. She said she was going to a society meeting and for me to come and go as far as Clinton and I told her I was sick.

Q. She called to get you to go to a society meeting?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. She came to help you put on your clothes?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Was she in the room with Hodges?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How long?

A.  About five minutes.

Q. You say she came to help you put on your clothes?

A.  Yes sir. I told her to come help put on my clothes and I would go with her. She helped me fasten my undershirt.

Q. How long was she in the room with Hodges Miller?

A.  About 5 minutes.

Q. This boy John Chalmers – had he been living with the girl that got killed?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How long?

A.  I don’t know.

JURY:

Q. Was John at home when she left?

A.  She said he was lying on the porch and she told him she would be back as soon as she helped me put on my clothes. I was sure he had shot me. He said, “God damn all of you – get out of the way.”

Doctor’s Certificate:

This is to certify that Lizzie Byrd came to her death by gun shot wound. Said wound 2 inches above the right ear.

July 3rd, 1931                                                                                          Thomas H. Pope

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Mrs. Della Bedenbaugh’s residence near Prosperity, in the County and State aforesaid, the 30th day of July A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty one before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of MRS. DELLA BEDENBAUGH of Newberry County, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of J. A. Price, J. A. Baker, D. H. Ham, L. A. Black, V. A. Bowers, Jim D. Hunt being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said MRS. DELLA BEDENBAUGH came to her death, upon their oaths, do say we the jurors find that MRS. DELLA BEDENBAUGH came to her death by being struck by the CN&L train No. 12 traveling west July 30, 1931 at 7:05 o’clock am.. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid MRS. DELLA BEDENBAUGH came to her death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                             /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ J. A. Price, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ L. A. Black (L.S.)                                                            /s/ J. A. Baker (L.S.)

/s/ V. A. Bowers (L.S.)                           /s/ D. H. Ham (L.S.)          /s/ J. D. Hunt (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of MRS. DELLA BEDENBAUGH near Prosperity, SC, Newberry County July 30, 1931

MR. W. C. BEDENBAUGH being duly sworn says:

Mr. C. G. BLEASE:

Q. What is your name?

A.  W. C. Bedenbaugh

Q. You live here in this home?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Who lives in this home with you?

A.  My wife, my little son and my mother.

Q. How old was your mother?

A.  70 or71. I don’t know exactly which – about 70.

Q. Just tell in your own way the last time you saw your mother and everything that happened?

A.  She usually makes up her bed in the morning. This morning she had made up her bed and I saw her sitting in the hall when I went out in the yard to feed the hogs. The last time I saw her she was out in the yard and I called and told her to look out that the train was coming. I saw her about 10 feet from the train and the train was about 10 yards from her. I hollered and told her the train was coming and I turned my head because I saw that she was not going to stop and that is all I saw.

Q. Did the train blow?

A.  I did not hear the train blow.

Q. Where was she going?

A.  I don’t know. She might have been going over to my sister’s.

Q. Did anyone else here see it?

A.  No sir. My wife was in the back yard feeding the chickens.

Q. Was your mother in her usual health?

A.  I would say so according to her age.

Q. Could she get about very well?

A.  She did not go out lately but she could walk about.

Q. That is all you know about it?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Which way was she looking?

A.  She was not looking at the train.

Q. Did she appear to be running?

A.  No sir. She was walking like she ordinarily walks.

JURY:

Q. Was your mother’s health good?

A.  Ordinarily good for a person her age. It was not as good as mine.

Q. Was her mind average for her age?

A.  Yes sir, I would say so.

Q. Could she see as good as the average person?

A.  She could not see very well but could see to walk and get about. She could not see well enough to read fine print but she could read large print.

MR.BLEASE:

Q. Did anyone else see it?

A.  Not that I know of. Some of the neighbors might have seen it.

Q. I mean anyone else in this house?

A.  No sir.

JOHN ADAM KOON being duly sworn says:

Q. John, where do you live?

A. Columbia

Q. Where do you work?

A.  On the train.

Q. Are you porter on this train?

A.  No sir, brakeman.

Q. You are the only one of the train crew who saw it?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Just tell what you know.

A.  When I saw the lady I thought it was a little boy. When we hit her I told the engineer that we had hit a little boy. I thought it was a little boy. She was running when I saw her.

Q. Where were you?

A.  I was sitting on the engineer’s seat.

Q. Just how far from the train was the lady when you saw her?

A.  About where that chicken is standing now (Points)

Q. When you first saw her was she running?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How fast?

A.  She was running pretty fast.

Q. Was she in the middle of the crossing?

A.  She did not have time to get to the middle of the crossing.

Q. The engineer did not see it?

A.  No sir.

Q. You were on the right hand side?

A.  The engineer was on the right hand side.

Q. What time was it?

A.  Along about 7 o’clock.

Q. About 7:00?

A.  Just about. We left Prosperity around 6:55 o’clock. I could not say exactly.

Q. How fast were you running?

A.  About 15 or 20 miles an hour, not very fast.

JURY:

Q. Did you say you saw a boy? And where was he?

A.  No sir. I said I thought the lady was a little boy.

Q. Anything between her and the train?

A.  No sir.

MR.BLEASE:

Q. How far were you down the track when you saw her?

A.  About a rail or maybe a rail and a half.

JURY:

Q. Did you blow the whistle?

A.  I don’t know .Sometimes they blow and sometimes they don’t.

Q. Did they blow this morning?

A.  I don’t know whether they blew or not. I could not tell.

MR.BLEASE:

Q. You say she was running?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You see her when she got hit?

A.  Yes sir.

MR. W. C. BEDENBAUGH:

Q. Why is it you saw her so good that you could tell that she was running and she looked like a little boy?

A.  When I saw her she was running and I took her to be a little boy.

Q. Did the whistle blow?

A.  I don’t know whether it did or not.

Q. Did the engineer see her?

A.  No sir, he could not see her.

MR. HOLLAND BEDENBAUGH:

Q. You say it was impossible for him to see her/

A.  No sir, he could not see her.

Q. Did the fireman see her?

A.  No sir.

Q. Where were you?

A.  I was on the fireman’s seat.

Q. Was it impossible for the engineer to see her?

A.  He was on the right side and could not see her.

MR. W. C. BEDENBAUGH:

Q. Why could you tell she was running and she looked like a boy?

A.  She was running when I saw her.

MR.HOLLAND BEDENBAUGH:

Q. You say she was running when you saw her?

A.  Yes sir. She was running when I saw her.

Q. Who told you to say that?

A.  No one.

Q. Who have you talked with since it happened?

A.  No one.

Q. What lawyer did you go to see in Newberry?

A.  I did not go to see anyone.

Q. You saw no lawyer at Newberry?

A.  No sir.

Q. Did the bell ring?

A.  I don’t know. I don’t think it was.

Q. How far were you from her when you saw her?

A.  About a rail or a rail and a half.

Q. You did not ring the bell when you saw her?

A.  No sir. I did not ring the bell.

Q. Why did you not tell the engineer when you saw her?

A.  I thought possibly she was going to stop. We see automobiles every day making 40 and 50 miles per hour and run up to the crossing and stop and I did not know what she was going to do.

Q. So, if it had been an automobile you would have told him?

A.  I would not have had time this morning.

Q. Did you make an effort to tell him?

A.  I did not have time.

Q. You say you did not have time?

A.  From the time I saw her I did not have time to tell him.

Q. If the engineer had been looking where and what he was doing it looks like he could have seen her?

A.  I don’t know about that but he could not see her. He was on the right side.

Q. Does the bell ring automatically?

A.  Yes sir.

MR. BLEASE:

Q. Was the fireman on the side with you?

A.  No sir.

MR. W.C.BEDENBAUGH:

Q. You are supposed to be looking where you are going?

A.  Yes sir. We look where we are going.

Q. Is the engineer supposed to be looking where he is going?

A.  Yes sir. I always look where I am going.

Q. You were looking straight ahead? How long have you been working on the railroad?

A.  Do you mean on this job?

A.  I mean how long have you been working on the road?

A.  I have worked on the railroad all my life at different jobs; sometimes as a section hand and different things.

Q. How long have you been on this job?

A.  I have been on this job 12 or 13 years.

Q. You are familiar with the railroad?

A.  I have been working for them all my life.

MR. HOLLAND BEDENBAUGH:

Q. How far were you from her when you saw her?

A.  About a rail or a rail and a half.

Q. That was when you first saw her?

A.  Yes sir.

MR. W. C. BEDENBAUGH:

Q. She was not able to run as fast as you said she was running.

A.  I said she was running pretty fast. I did not say how fast.

MR. W.C. BEDENBAUGH being re-called says:

MR.BLEASE:

Q. Go ahead.

A.  He said that he thought she was a little boy. I don’t see how he saw her running and thought she was a boy. In my opinion he certainly could tell. I could vouch that she was not leaning forward. I don’t know her exact height but I would judge it about five feet one inch. She would come to my shoulder and in my opinion if the engineer had been looking where he was going he would have had time to blow, because I have been out here in my car and wagon and the whistle would blow going up or coming down either way. In my opinion he was not giving proper attention to the train and that he was not looking. She was anywhere from 6 to 10 feet from the train. It was not over 10 feet. It appeared to me that she was not going to stop and of course I turned my head. It is the usual custom for the train to ring the bell as they come around the curve down there. I would not say whether it was rung this morning or not. I did not hear it but I can positively say that they did not blow the whistle.

This is to certify that I have examined the body of Mrs. A’Della Bedenbaugh and find that her death was due to a broken neck and crushed  chest.               July 30th, 1931                            George Y. Hunter  MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry at Tom Cromer’s residence in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of August A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty one before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of JOHN BAKER of Newberry County, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of W. W. Cromer, A. C. Mills, J. F. Thompson, O. W. Long, R. E. Livingston, O. H. Willingham being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JOHN BAKER came to his death, by being struck by a Buick sedan 1931 model, Tennessee License#241641 driven by William Cason, same being an unavoidable accident. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JOHN BAKER came to his death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                             /s/ I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/ W. W. Cromer, foreman (L.S.)

/s/ O. W. Long (L.S.)                                                           /s/ R. E. Livingston (L.S.)

/s/ A. C. Mills (L.S.)                     /s/ J. F. Thompson (L.S.)             /s/ O. H. Willingham (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of JOHN BAKER (Colored) near Newberry, SC, August 13, 1931

MR. TOM CROMER being duly sworn says:

MR. BLEASE:

You live in Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You saw this accident in which John Baker got killed?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You have known John Baker for a number of years?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How old was he?

A.  I don’t know exactly – he was pretty old. 75 or 80, something like that.

Q. This accident happened in Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Just go ahead and tell it as you saw it.

A.  I was sitting right here on the porch this morning. There was one 2-horse wagon going by and one 1-horse wagon had stopped on the side of the road and John was there talking with Fry. Just before the car got there old man John stepped out and the car hit him.

Q. Were there any cars meeting the car that hit him?

A.  No sir.

Q. Any wagons?

A.  No sir.

Q. John just stepped back in the road?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How fast was the car going?

A.  It was not going fast. Not over 25 or 30 miles an hour.

JURY:

Q. When the man hit him did he stop?

A.  Yes sir. He stopped and he came back and he asked me to call a doctor and said that he was going on to town and that you all could find him down there. He gave me his car number. I did not ask him his name as I had his car and motor number.

MR.BLEASE:

Q. This gentleman came in the house and phoned the doctor?

A.  No sir. He asked me to phone for a doctor right away.

ROBERT FRY being sworn says:

Q. You live in Newberry County?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You know John Baker?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. See the accident this morning?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Just tell what you know.

A.  I was going along in my wagon and John Baker called to me to stop. I drove to the side of the road and he came out to talk with me and just as he started back he stepped out in front of the car.

Q. Was old man John hard of hearing?

A.  Yes sir. As far as I know he was.

Q. Did you see the car hit him?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. How fast was the car going?

A.  I don’t know exactly. But it was not going very fast.

Q. Judging from what you saw was it the man’s fault?

A.  If he had not stepped back I don’t think he would have got hit.

SAM EPPS being duly sworn says:

MR.BLEASE:

Q. You see the killing?

A.  I was sitting on the porch –

Q. Did you see it?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. Well go ahead and tell about it.

A.  I was sitting on the porch over there and I heard the car wheels slide. When I got there Mr. Baker was lying on his face and I turned him over on his back.

Q. How fast was the car going?

A.  About 15 or 30 miles an hour.

Q. Was not running 45?

A.  No sir.

Q. Straight road ahead of him?

A.  Yes sir.

Q. You say he was not running over 45?

A.  No sir.

HARRY N. WEINTRAUB says:

MR.BLEASE:

Q. Where is your home?

A.  Nashville TN

Q. What is your occupation?

A.  Traveling salesman.

Q. For who?

A.  Sam Levy & Co. selling shoes.

Q. What does William Casen do for you?

A.  He is my driver.

Q. Just tell in your own way about this accident.

A.  We were driving along here and before I knew anything the old man stepped right in front of us. We stopped and came back and I gave this gentleman here my number and told him that I was going on to Newberry and that I would come back. I stayed here about 20 or 30 minutes before going on.

JURY:

Q. Did you see him before you struck him?

A.  There was a wagon stopped on the side of the road and just as we got there he just stepped out right in front of us. It all happened so quick you hardly had time to see him.

Doctor’s Certificate:

Newberry SC, August 13, 1931

I examined the body of John A. Baker at 11:20 am and found that he came to his death due to internal wounds of the chest and fractures of both bones of the left leg due to being struck by an automobile.    John K. Wicker  MD

 

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for much more nationwide historical/genealogical data and access to our other state/county websites.