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Information for Laura May Besecker Buffington
27 May 1914 - 10 May 1937
Obituary from The Caldwell News-Tribune
11 May 1937
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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     Funeral services for Mrs. L. F. Buffington of Caldwell, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile-train crash at a Nyssa crossing yesterday morning, and for Mrs. M. J. Buffington of Payette, until recently of Caldwell, who was killed instantly in the accident, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Wilder Methodist church.  The Rev. Ernest Stuchbery, pastor of the Caldwell Baptist church, will officiate.
    Burial will be in the Roswell cemetery.  The bodies are now at the Peckham establishment.
    The toll of dead in the crossing crash rose to five today with the death of Mrs. Marie Graham, 34, of Payette, who was driving the car.  She died of a skull fracture and internal injuries in an Ontario hospital just 24 hours after the wreck.  Her son, Eugene Trash, 16, and Marion Kruger, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kruger of Payette, were killed instantly.
           Coroners Jury Today
The car sped over the Union Pacific crossing at Nyssa before a fast freight train, which crashed into the rear end of it.  Malheur County Coroner R. A. Tacke of Vale called a jury of six men to meet at 2 p. m. to fix responsibility for the accident.
    Laura May Buffington was born at Erie, Pa., exactly 23 years ago yesterday, the day of her death.  She is survived by her husband, L. F. Buffington; her father, J. C. Besecker of Pleasant Ridge; a sister, Mrs. C. W. Dean of Roswell; and three brothers, T., J. Besecker of Caldwell, C. A. Besecker of Washington, D.C., and John C. Besecker Jr., who resides in Washington state.
    Clara Luella Buffington was born at John Day, Ore., December 26.  She was 34 years of age.  She moved to Wilder in 1920, married M. J. Buffington of Caldwell that same year, and had lived here until a short time ago, when her husband got a WPA weed grant at Payette.  She is survived by her husband, two children, Lola and William; her mother, Mrs. Maggie Bloom; six brothers, Clyde J. Ford, Jim Ford, Marion Ford, Walter Ford, Lawson Ford, George Ford; and one sister, Mrs. Viola Trump.





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