WATSON, Eliza (Bowman)

Date of birth: 18 Jul 1866 Brown County, Indiana

Date of death: 30 Sep 1917 Yukon, Oklahoma

Source: The Daily Oklahoman 1 Oct 1917

Light Car Overturned by Machine of Former State Judge

      Mrs. H. E. Watson was killed, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. 
Wheatley were seriously hurt and Charlie Bowman was 
slightly injured when the automobile in which they were 
riding was struck by a heavy touring car driven by F. E. 
Riddle of Chickasha, former state supreme court judge, 
six miles west of Yukon, late yesterday afternoon.
      Both cars were coming east on the Oklahoma City — 
El Reno road.  The Chickasha car started to pass the 
light car near a culvert.  Both cars were making 
fifteen miles an hour when the large car struck the 
smaller one, turning it over.  Mrs. Watson died an 
hour after the accident.
      Mrs. Wheatley was injured about the head and 
chest and Mr. Wheatley sustained a broken jaw.  
They were brought here on the Interurban, the Hahn 
company ambulance meeting them at Tenth Street
 and Olie Avenue and rushing them to St. Anthony's 
      All the occupants of the wrecked car live on farms 
near Yukon, in Canadian County.  F. E. Riddle, driver 
of the touring car, is a prominent lawyer of Chickasha.  
His wife and daughter were in the car with him but were

Source: Franklin Evening Star 4 Oct 1917

      Funeral services for Mrs. H. E. Watson, whose death 
occurred in an automobile accident near Yukon, Okla., 
last Sunday and whose body was brought to Edinburg, 
Tuesday night, will not be held until Saturday morning.  
A brother, William Bowman, of Alberta, Canada, is 
expected for the funeral and consequently the services 
were deferred.  The Rev. W. E. Moore will conduct 
the services, which will be held at the Edinburg M. E. 
church, with burial at Rest Haven cemetery.  Besides 
the husband, three brothers survive, William, 
Frank, and Chas. Bowman.

Source: The Yukon Sun 5 Oct 1917

      Mrs. A. E. Watson, aged 51 years, was killed, Mr. 
and Mrs. G. W. Wheatley were seriously injured, and 
Charles Bowman, a brother of the dead woman was 
slightly injured, when the car in which they were riding 
was struck by a heavy car driven by F. E. Riddle of 
Chickasha, former judge of the Supreme Court.  
      The accident occurred south of Banner at a small 
culvert, the injured were placed aboard the interurban 
car and hurried to St. Anthony's hospital at Oklahoma 
City, Mrs. Watson was removed to her home one mile 
south of town, where she died shortly after the accident.
      We have been told, that at the time of the accident, 
both cards were going east with the heavier car in the rear.  
As the light car approached the culvert the driver turned 
out into the road and away from the culvert; here the 
heavy Riddle car struck it and turned it completely 
over, causing it to face in the opposite direction.
      It has also been stated that when the driver of the
 Wheatly car looked and saw the other car so near 
them, he became excited, lost control of the car 
and allowed it to swing directly in front of the Riddle 
car.  It is also stated that the Riddle car was going at 
a high rate of speed, however this may not be true.
      Mrs. Watson was thrown several feet by the impact 
of the cars, and was severely bruised about the head 
and was injured internally.
      The funeral of Mrs. Watson was held at eleven o'clock 
Monday morning from the family residence about one 
mile south of town, and the body was taken to Edinburg, Ind. 
for interment.  Charles Bowman, a brother who had been 
visiting from Indiana at the Watson home, accompanied the 
      A late report states that the recovery of Mrs. Wheatly 
is very doubtful.  It was necessary to amputate one of Mr. 
Wheatly's fingers to save his hand; he was badly bruised 
and injured otherwise.

Source: The Yukon Sun 5 Oct 1917

      Hannah Eliza Bowman was born in Brown Co., 
Ind., July the 18, 1816 (1866).  She was the only daughter 
born to Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Bowman.  She is survived by 
three brothers., W. H. Bowman, of Carmangay, Alberta,
Canada, J. F. Bowman of Edinburg Ind. and C. I. Bowman 
of Hillsburg Ind., who was with her when the accident 
happened.  She is also survived by five nephews and five 
      She was united in marriage to Henry E. Watson 
May 23, 1892, no children having come to bless their home. 
      She united with the Christian Church of Kansas, Ind. 
at the age of 18 years and has remained a faithful member 
and worker ever since; her friends were legion.
      The body will be laid to rest in her old home at Edinburg, 

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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