Three Lives Lost When Train Hits Car
CELESTE SECTION IN MOURNING AS RESULT OF TERRIBLE
TRAGEDY TUESDAY NIGHT
Miss Loraine Felty, J. L. Conley and Don Barrett Killed and Miss Winnie
Comer, Miss Cleon Felty, and Robert Prater Injured Near Leonard Tuesday
One of the most terrible accidents ever happening
in this immediate section occurred near Leonard Tuesday night when a car
occupied by six young people of Celeste and surrounding territory was struck
by the northbound Katy train near Leonard and three of the occupants killed
The dead are Miss Loraine Felty, aged sixteen years;
J. L. Conley, aged nineteen; and Don Barrett, aged twenty-one.
Miss Winnie Comer, aged eighteen and driver of the
car, was badly injured in the lower limbs, Miss Cleon Felty, aged eighteen,
was injured about the chest, and Robert Prater, aged about twenty, was
also injured about the chest.
The Misses Felty, daughters of James Felty of Hickory
Creek were attending school at Celeste, Miss Comer lived at Celeste, and
also Robert Prater lived at Celeste.
J. E. Conley and Don Barrett, both lived at Trenton,
just over the Hunt County line in Fannin.
Many students of Wesley College went from this city
to see the game and a long string of cars were immediately behind the ill-fated
A Celeste man expressed the opinion that the headlight
of the train was mistaken for lights from some of the string of cars following
and thus failed to notice the train, their car going on the track directly
in front of the fast going train.
The Pike road runs parallel with the Katy road and
make a sharp turn at the crossing near the Leonard pool where the unfortunate
Parties who viewed the bodies of those killed report
that they were terribly mangled and those injured were cut and bruised
in a severe manner. Physicians reported the day following however
that the injured had a good chance for recovery.
Celeste, Trenton, and Hickory Creek, wherever these
young people lived and were loved and admired, are beneath a great cloud
of sorrow as a result of this fatal accident to those happy, spirited youngsters
who meant so much to the life of their respective home communities.
The train picked up the injured and carried them
to Trenton for hospital treatment where they were given every possible
The large number going from Greenville to see this
game cause great solicitude here as the first news merely told of the serious
accident and gave no names and naturally many homes feared for their own
until details came in.
At Wesley College, excitement ran high as many students
and some of the teachers had gone to see their team battle with the Texas
Military College of Terrell in a championship game and the same was true
at other points no doubt as a number attended from Celeste, Trenton, and
This city and the people generally feel keenly the
shock this terrible accident and sympathy is universal for those who grieve
the death of these young people who in happy moments filled with bright
anticipation were suddenly cut down, leaving loved ones shocked and grieved
beyond measure for those that were the light of home and in whom the hopes
of the household were filled with the bright prospects.
(February 22, 1924, The Greenville Messenger)
Submitted by Sarah Swindell firstname.lastname@example.org Through TXHUNT-L@rootsweb.com
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