Stonelick, OH Wagon Accident, May 1887

UNLUCKY PICNICERS.

THROWN DOWN AN EMBANKMENT.

ONE OF THE PARTY FATALLY AND SIX OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY THE ACCIDENT.

Batavia, O., May 22. -- Yesterday a temperance society from Withamsville and Tobasco, were pic-nicing at Stonelick, four miles north of here. They passed a pleasant day in fishing and at 3 o'clock started homeward. When but a short distance from their scene of enjoyment and on the East Fork Road, BRUCE NORDYKE, SALLIE CASSANE, O. A. WITHAM, ALICE WHITTAKER, WRIGHT WITHAM, EVA SPAULDING and MATTIE MALOTT met with a serious accident. They were all in one large spring wagon to which were hitched a team of fractious colts. The colts became frightened, gave a quick lunge toward the, at this point, very narrow road, landing them over a steep bank.
The colts, wagon, occupants and all went rolling down the steep bluff of rugged rocks to the water's edge below, a distance of twenty-five or thirty-five feet.
The crashing sound of the precipitating wagon and the heart-rending moans of its occupants attracted the attention of the inmates of the three farm houses dotting the slope near by, who ran to the rescue, and proved themselves good Samaritans indeed. A man with a fleet steed was immediately dispatched for Dr. A. W. Ashburn, of this place, while others were engaged in removing the injured to the hospitable farm-houses to await surgical assistance. On examination of the injured by Dr. Ashburn, they were found to sustain the following wounds:
BRUCE NORDYKE, ankle badly sprained and slight cuts on various parts of the body.
SALLIE CASSANE, arem broken and injuries about the head.
O. A. WITHAM, head dangerously cut.
ALICE WHITTAKER, arm broken.
EVA SPAULDING, shoulder blade broken.
MATTIE MALOTT, arm broken.
WRIGHT WITHAM, fatal injuries about the head.
After the wounds had been dressed they were all taken to their homes except WRIGHT WITHAM, whose critical condition would not warrant his removal. He now lies at the portals of death in the house of George Woods, near the scene of the awful accident. The horses were also badly cut up.

Daily Gazette Xenia Ohio 1887-05-23