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Columbia, KY Buggy Accident, Aug 1905

Fatal Accident.-miss Dollie Vanoy, aged 24, daughter of Mr. C. Vanoy, a well known farmer of this county, was thrown from a buggy near Columbia yesterday morning and instantly killed, her neck being broken. In company with her sister, Miss Mary Vanoy, she had gone to Columbia several days since to visit her uncle, Mr. Dolph Thurmond, and the attend the fair, they were starting on their return trip when the horse became frightened and ran at a terrific speed, throwing the occupants of the buggy to the ground, resulting in Miss Vanoy’s death. Miss Mary escaped with a few bruises. Last year Miss Vanoy attended the Indianapolis Oral School with a view to qualifying herself for a teacher and would have returned to that institution next week had not the ruthless hand of death been laid upon her. Mr. J.N. Menefee, a close friend of her family, went to Columbia yesterday and accompanied Miss Vanoy’s remains to McCormack’s church, where she held a membership, and where, after short services at 4 o’clock this afternoon they will be laid away in their final resting place.

The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY 29 Aug 1905

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A Tribute To Miss Dollie Vannoy.

A friend has paid the following tribute to the memory of Miss Dollie G. Vannoy, of near Stanford, who was killed by an accident at Columbia, Monday, Aug. 28. The writer is connected with the Indiana Institution, Indianapolis, where Miss Vannoy spent last year:

Though day by day we know that death shall come, without dismay we view its slow advance and go forward unafraid to the common end of man. When in the fullness of years the great miracle of change is wrought and the sleep that shall endure unto God’s own time for waking has fallen upon one of His children, our grieved hearts still can cry, it is well. But when death comes in the first flush of a young life, just as all the world is unfolding its richness and the full meaning and joy of life are coming to their realization, neither fortitude nor submission can choke down the cry of the wounded heart. Death oft comes as the kindly liberator, and its aspect then is that of a gentle friend; another time it falls where, as it is given to us to see, life should endure. Then it is that words, nor deeds, nor any other thing in man’s small power may avail to bring surcease of pain to the torn fibers of the heart’s comfort to the souls of the friends who must remain. Sadness and desolation press upon them, and it is only in God’s mercy that, with the passing of time, the keenness of grief may be dulled. It is this that we must view the death of Miss Dolly G. Vannoy. With the deep measure of this finite world’s happiness scarce touched, the brimming cup of happiness barely sipped, the end has come.

Miss Vannoy, during her sojourn in the Indiana Institution, had impressed all with whom she came in contact by the singular sweetness and purity of her character, her earnestness in high purpose and her gentle ways. Her aim was to prepare for a life of useful service, and to that end she devoted her powers with enthusiasm and fidelity, winning encomiums from those who directed her for the close attention she gave to her duties and for her rapid development of efficiency. Her kindliness and consideration for others had won for her a rich tribute of live from those who knew her best. She was a Christian who followed with love in the footsteps of the Master; her ideals were high and her life in all its manifestation gave evidence of a fine spiritual quality in her nature. Her reward must be that which comes of a faithfulness and the working of God’s will. The sad news of her sudden death has brought universal expressions of esteem and regret, and of sympathy for her bereft ones in her Kentucky home.
A Friend.

The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY 19 Sept 1905



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