Hopwood, PA Fatal Auto Accident, 1937

Rushed To Uniontown Hospital But Was Pronounced Dead On Arrival: Skull Fractured

Clyde Joseph McDowell, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George McDowell of Coolsprings Road, was fatally injured at 6 o'clock last evening when struck by a light truck driven by Attorney Linn V. Phillips, on Route 40, approximately one half mile east of Hopwood.
The ninth highway fatality in Fayette county this month and the thirty third of the year, occurred when the small truck in which the small truck in which Mr. Phillips was attempting to pass a large moving van struck the North Union township schoo l boy, inflicting injuries which caused his death while he was being rushed to the Uniontown hospital.
Young McDowell and a companion, Odis Pletcher, 12, son of Roy Pletcher, of Hopwood, were walking along the side of the west slope of the mountain, intent on getting some pears in as orchard above Hopwood. The Pletcher youth was pushing his bicycle, and McDowell was said to have been walking a short distance ahead.
A large truck of the Pallent Transfer Company, of Hickory, N.C., and driven by Wilfred Benn, of that city was moving east ahead of the Phillips' truck, which is a small conveyance the Uniontown lawyer utilizes in going to and from his summer cottage. Mr. Phillips told State Motor Policeman H. M. Jaynes, the officer reported, that the McDowell lad dashed from in front of the large truck and directly into the path of the Phillips' machine.
Mr. Phillips made a frantic effort to swerve his truck to avoid striking the boy but the sudden appearance of the lad prevented him from doing so.
Young Pletcher was uninjured.
A group of CCC boys from Ft. Necessity arrived on the scene a short time after accident and the driver of the CCC car, John Young, 18, rushed the injured boy to the local hospital.
The lad was picked up from the scene of the mishap, carried into Mt. Rose roadhouse and then to the hospital. Death had ensued before the arrival of the victim in the hospital. His death was caused by a fractured skull and other injuries.
Mr. Phillips went immediately to the Uniontown hospital to assist in obtaining medical care for the youth .
After the youth's body had been taken to the hospital it was first reporter his name was William Emerson Cummings, another 13 year old Hopwood student, as in young McDowell's pocket was a school paper bearing the name of the Cummings boy. Thei r grade school in North Union opened the new term yesterday and the McDowell boy had the Cummings' youth school record paper in his pocket.
George Cummings, father of the other youth called at the Uniontown hospital and when he first viewed the victim's body he was taken aghast and remarked that the boy was his own. Positive identification of the McDowell boy was made by his parents at the Ferguson Funeral Home.
Word spread through the Hopwood community and school circles there that the Cummings boy had figured in the fatal accident but this was dispelled when State Motor Policeman Jaynes had Mr. and Mrs. McDowell go to the funeral establishment.
In addition to his parents, the boy is survived by one sister, Anna and two brothers, George, Jr., and Berwyn, all at home, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. A. B. Merryman of Farmington. He was a student in the fifth grade.
Funeral services will be held Thursday noon at the home. Followed by additional rites at 1pm in Bethel Church at Farmington, in charge of Rev. J. D. Stillwagon, pastor of Hopwood Methodist Protestant church Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Fr iends are requested by the McDowell family to omit flowers. Young Pletcher said, upon recovering normal attitude several hours after the tragedy that he and his companion had intended to get a basket of pears from a small orchard on the mountainsi de.
Officer Jaynes said Mr. Phillips reported that in attempting to pass the truck ahead the Phillips machine struck the youth, who had darted out in front of one truck into the path of the other.


my great uncle

Clyde was my great uncle. George McDowell Jr was my grandfather.