Fort Worth, TX Broadway Baptist Church Ceiling Falls During Wedding, Oct 1912

Broadway Baptist Church, 1940s

Tot, 5, Buried When Church Ceiling Falls, Is Unhurt

Other Wedding Guests Injured in Accident Resting Well.

Of a dozen wedding guests injured by the collapse of the vestibule ceiling at the Broadway Baptist Church Tuesday night, just after the wedding of Miss Edna Mae Potts and Robert W. Wilson, one victim alone was running around, laughing and playing Wednesday.

She is Miss Elizabeth Darrah, 5-year-old daughter of R. R. Darrah, 2125 Edwin avenue, Mistletoe Heights. Elizabeth was buried alive by the tumbling plaster and she said Wednesday that she enjoyed it after it was all over.

Elizabeth might not have been buried, but she was so little she couldn't help herself. When Mrs. Darrah went to the child's little bed early Wednesday morning. Elizabeth's eyes were wide open.

"Mamma," she asked wonderingly, "how did you get me out of that, anyway?"

All the other victims of the accident were resting well Wednesday, but two of them, Miss Mabel Stephens, 1412 Illinois avenue, and Mrs. J. R. Jester, 708 May street, wife of the pastor of the Broadway Church, were still in pain. They were more seriously injured than the rest. Others less seriously hurt, were Miss Cecilia Stephens, 1412 Illinois avenue, and Mrs. C. T. Fox, 1128 Fairmount avenue.

The bride and bridegroom beamed on their guests at the wedding supper table at the Potts home, 715 South Jennings avenue, and went away on a happy honeymoon, ignorant of the accident that caused such terror immediately after their carriage had left the church.

Robert Potts a relative of the bride was a leader in the rescue work. Tired and disheveled, he appeared in time for the supper and the bride and bridegroom never suspected that for an hour he had been rushing unconscious women and children to their homes in an automobile.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth, TX 16 Oct 1912


Accident Victims Resting Well.

Special to The News.

Fort Worth, Tex., Oct. 16.---The reports from those who were wounded in the accident at the Broadway Baptist Church when a large section of ceiling fell is of an encouraging nature tonight. Mrs. Jester is still at the Walker Sanitarium resting as well as possible under the circumstances. Misses Stephens are at their home, 1412 Illinois avenue, and a similar report comes from them. Miss Cecelia, who is the worst injured of the three, is resting in comparative comfort, and no serious danger is apprehended at this time. Her sister, Miss Mable, is not so badly hurt. The injuries are as dispatched made today disclosing no additional injuries.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 17 Oct 1912