Grabill, IN Auto And Train Crash, Jan 1936

GIRL, 4, DIES; LAST IN FAMILY OF 11 IN AUTO-TRAIN CRASH.

STILL-BORN BABY'S BODY FOUND 150 FEET FROM THAT OF MOTHER.

Fort Wayne, Ind., Jan. 25 (AP) - Four-year-old PHYLLIS McBRIDE died today of injuries received yesterday in the train-automobile crash in which 10 other members of the McBRIDE family were killed.
The accident killed the entire family of MARION McBRIDE, 43-year-old farmer and relief worker who was returning to his little one room home near Grabill after attending the funeral here of Mrs. McBride's brother, William Conner.
One hundred and fifty feet from MRS. McBRIDE'S mangled form was found the body of a still-born baby.
Circumstances surrounding the crash at Grabill, Ind., which snuffed out the lives of the family of 11 came before the close scrutiny today of Coroner Walter E. Kruse.
A mass funeral will be held in a little mission here Tuesday for the dead: MARION McBRIDE, 43, Grabill, farmer and relief worker; his 41-year-old wife, SUSAN; and their children, MARION, JR., 12; CLARA, 14; MARY, 10; ARTHUR, 8; VIRGINIA, 6; ROBERT, 3; PHYLLIS, 4; and RICHARD and RAMONA, 15-month-old twins.
Coroner Kruse, who will hold a formal inquest Tuesday, had three theories on which to work today: That the McBride automobile stalled at a point where the train could no be seen; that Mrs. McBride suddenly became ill and her husband stopped the car to aid her; that object poverty had led the family to suicide.

Alton Evening Telegraph Illinois 1936-01-25