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Local Truck Driver, Is Killed In Collision With Street Car
heavily loaded truck he was driving crashed into the rear end of
a street car in Chicago at 7 o’clock Saturday morning, Howard
Pomeroy, 22, popular Hartford young man and eldest son of Chief
of Police and Mrs. Clarence Pomeroy, was instantly killed.
The impact drove the motor back into the truck cab, while the
216 bushels of apples with which the truck was loaded shucked
forward, crushing the cab and pinning him in the wreckage.
The post of the steering wheel pierced the young man’s chest,
but his body was not otherwise mutilated. The steering
wheel was torn from the post and his body was pinned in a space
of not more than four inches between the back of the crushed cab
and the steering post. Chicago officers worked for a half
hour tearing away the wreckage before his body could be removed.
The truck, which was almost completely demolished, was owned by
E. Rasmuson, Hartford trucker, by whom Howard had been employed
as a driver for some time.
Mrs. Rasmuson left by motor Friday evening to visit relatives in
Minnesota, two hours before Howard started on the fatal trip to
Chicago. Difficulty was experienced in locating them
en route to apprise them of the tragedy
At New Liston, Wi., some 400 miles distant, Mr. and Mrs.
Rasmuson had a minor accident with their car. They
telegraphed Henry Aides Fowler, local insurance agent for
instructions as to repairs. In replying they were informed
of the tragedy, and returned the entire distance without
The apples with which the truck
was loaded came from the farm of Supervisor Bela Kennedy, six
miles north of Hartford in Bangor Township.
The accident occurred at 33rd and Wentworth avenue.
Witnesses said that the Hartford driver had followed the street
car for some distance. He intended to turn at that street
intersection to reach his destination, some 20 blocks away.
When a passenger gave a tardy signal to the conductor, the
street car stopped suddenly. Howard was obviously unable
to stop his truck and crashed into the car just as it began to
The street car was
heavily loaded. The crash caused a panic among the
passengers, but none were injured.
Howard’s body was removed to a morgue, and difficulty was
experienced in identifying him. His billfold, containing his
chauffeur’s license among other papers and a small amount of
money, was missing when his clothing was searched.
The truck was identified by its Van Buren county license plates
and a card of the Rasmuson trucking concern with its Hartford
address that was tacked in the cab. Chicago officers
notified Sheriff Warren J. Dodge at Paw Paw, and the sheriff’s
officers notified the family here.
The body was not definitely identified until Clarence Pomeroy,
local village marshal and deputy sheriff, and officer Glen
Bigelow drove to Chicago Saturday forenoon, where the former
identified the crash victim as his son.
An inquest into his death was begun in Chicago Saturday, and
continued to November 6. The crash occurred in a Negro
district of the city. The truck load of apples was
partially spilled in the street, and colored residents with
baskets and pails carried away all but about 35 of the 216
bushels before police arrived to stop them.
The body was brought to Hartford Saturday night and taken to
Zuver & Calvin funeral home. Funeral rites were largely
attended at the Methodist church Monday afternoon, with Rev.
John Brokholm of Hubbardston, former local pastor, officiating.
Burial was at Maple Hill.
Pomeroy was born in Hartford April 21, 1914 and had spent his
entire life here. He was a graduate of the local high
school with the class of 1932.
February 11, 1933, he was married to Miss Doris Garner, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Garner of this village. Their
marriage was the culmination of a high school romance and the
bride continued her high school career, graduating with the
class of 1933. The have two daughters, Patricia, who was
two years old last November 21, and Delores, one year old.
They formed a happy family circle and the young wife was
prostrated by the tragic death of her husband.
Besides his wife and two children, he is survived by his
parents, five brothers, Ray, Theron, Gerald, Junior, and
Kenneth, and three sisters, Helen, Reta and Mary, all at home.
His death is also mourned by R.R. Knapp, retired Hartford
merchant and uncle of the dead youth’s mother, with whom Howard
made his home during much of his boyhood days.
As published in the
Hartford Day Spring
Wednesday, November 4, 1936
[McArthur], 71, VETERAN RAILROAD EMPLOYEEE, IS DEAD
Rites Will Be Held Tomorrow for former Operator and
Station Agent Riley McArthur, 71, for thirty years an employee of
the G.R.& I. and Pere Marquette railroads and for many years a
resident of Hartford, died at his home on Oak street at 6:45
yesterday morning, following a stroke of paralysis which he
suffered during the night.
Mr. McArthur suffered a slight stroke two months ago
from which he had not fully recovered. He had also
suffered from a heart ailment for the past six years, but had
been able to be about and spent part of Saturday down town.
During his railroad career Mr. McArthur served 11 years
as telegraph operator at the Hartford depot, and later served as
station agent at Riverside, McDonald and Mears. He left
the employ of the railroad several years ago and resumed his
residence in Hartford.
The deceased was born near Muskegon on June 6, 1865,
and first entered the employ of the Grand Rapids & Indiana
railroad for four years before he cast his lot with the Pere
Marquette. His life had been spent in this section of
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Lucena McArthur, to
whom he was married on January 3, 1918 [actual date January 13,
1919], a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Fay of Muskegon Heights, and a
Funeral rites for him will be held at the Zuver &
Calvin funeral home at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev.
Wm. E. Goltz officiating and interment will be at Maple Hill
cemetery beside the grave of his first wife, the former
Miss May Phillips of Hartford, who died here in 1916.
As published in the
HARTFORD DAY SPRING
Wednesday, September 30, 1936
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