File submitted to Lincoln Co., Missouri Heritage pages by Lynne C. Hibbits Wilson, 25 October 2003.  Link change or file update: 26 Oct. 2003

Lucy Starkey Killed in Accident
Troy Free Press (Troy, Lincoln County, MO), Friday, July 22, 1892, Page 5, Column 4.

A Bad Accident

A most deplorable accident occurred in our little city last Friday afternoon, which resulted in the death of Lucy STARKEY, little six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. STARKEY of near town. The father and mother were coming to town on horseback, the little girl riding behind Mrs. STARKEY; they were riding west on Cherry Street and had just passed the corner where the Woolfolk lumber yard was formerly when Charlie HENRY road his bicycle along the street leading from the depot and then into Cherry street, going in the same direction as Mr. STARKEY and wife. Charlie tells us that just as he turned into Cherry Street, Mr. STARKEY had his head turned and was looking at him (Charlie): that the horses were halted and he supposed that Mr. STARKEY had stopped with the idea of letting him (Charlie) pass on the wheel: when about opposite the horses he saw that the animal which Mrs. STARKEY was riding was scaring. Mr. STARKEY took hold of the bridle, but was unable to restrain the horse and was pulled off his own animal in his endeavor. Mrs. STARKEY's horse reared, falling back and both mother and child were caught under the animal, the little girls' head and face being terribly crushed. The little one was immediately taken up and carried into R. A. THURMANs residence and Dr. J. A. WARD summoned, but medical skill could do nothing to save her life. She lingered in unconsciousness until about midnight, when her little spirit took its flight to Him who gave it. The remains were conveyed to Wright City Saturday afternoon for interment.

The death of little Lucy was a sad blow to her parents, she being the only daughter, and they have the sympathy of our entire community in their loss. The young man who was so unintentionally the cause of the terrible accident most deeply regrets the occurrence, of course, as does his father and family. We are satisfied that it will result in the use of extreme caution in the future by all of our men and boys who make use of bicycles on our streets.

File submitted to Lincoln Co., Missouri Heritage pages by Lynne C. Hibbits Wilson, 25 October 2003.  Link change or file update: 26 Oct. 2003

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