Chadds Ford, PA Auto And Train Collision, Oct 1945
TRAIN KILLS TWO ATA CHADDS FORD.
N.C. WYETH, 63, FAMOUS ARTIST, GRANDSON, DIE.
STATION WAGON IS STRUCK AT CROSSING NEAR PAINTER'S HOME.
One of America's most distinguished artists and mural painters, NEWELL CONVERS WYETH, 63, and his three-year-old grandson were killed instantly at 9:17 a.m. today when a Pennsylvania Railroad train collided with their station wagon at a crossing near his home at Chadd's Ford.
The grandson is three-year-old NEWELL C. WEYTH, II, son of Nathanial
Wyeth, one of the painters five children.
The station wagon, which was completely demolished, was struck at an open crossing by a southbound train at Ring Road, about a mile and a half north of Chadds Ford. The vehicle was hurtled 143 feet south of the crossing and the child was thrown out of the wagon.
Engineer on the Octoraro Branch mail train, which left Philadelphia this morning was Norman R. Strickland, 62, of 145 South Lewis Avenue, East Lansdowne and the conductor was Joseph G. Ferguson of 246 Wilshire Road, Stonehurst.
The Ring Road crossing over the Pennsylvania Railroad is between Chadds Ford and Brandywine Summit, and is not protected by signals.
State Police, who were called to investigate the accident, said that the painter, accompanied by his grandson, had left his home only a few minutes before to pick up a maid who was to work at the WYETH home today.
MR. WYETH, whose fame as a painter and muralist is world wide lived on Creek Road and his studio was located on a hill behind his home. There he painted works which are prized by museums and art lovers the world over. Many of America's noteworthy buildings, among them at least one state capitol, are adorned with his murals. It is Missouri's state capital, at Jefferson City, where large panels representing the battles of the Civil War, bear MR. WYETH'S name.
One of his sons, Andrew, who lives nearby, is also a well-known artist to his own right. Besides his two sons, he has three daughters, Henriette, Carolyn and Ann. Henriette
Wyeth is the wife of Peter Hurd, prominent American artist and illustrator, Nathanial, father of the dead child is connected with Hercules Powder Company in Wilmington. There is one other child in the family.
MR. WYETH is also survived by his widow, the former Carolyn B. Bocklus, of Wilmington.
Delaware County Daily Times Chester Pennsylvania 1945-10-19