WATSON, Eliza (Bowman)
Date of death: 30 Sep 1917 Yukon, Oklahoma
Source: The Daily Oklahoman, October 1st, 1917
AUTOS IN CRASH AT YUKON; ONE DEAD 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 hospital. 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 uninjured.
Source: Franklin Evening Star, October 4th, 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, October 5th, 1917
ONE KILLED AND TWO INJURED IN AUTO WRECK NEAR YUKON 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 cars 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 Wheatley 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 remains. A late report states that the recovery of Mrs. Wheatley 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, October 5th, 1917
OBITUARY Hannah Eliza Bowman was born in Brown Co., Ind., July the 18, 1816 . 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 nieces. 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, Indiana.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey