- Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011
Name: Mary Harrell
Marital Status: Widow
Birth Date: abt 1855
Death Date: 22 Nov 1926
Death Place: Sandusky, Decatur, Indiana, USA
Father: Martin Chandler
Mother: Kazalh Chandler
Spouse: James Harrell
Harrell, Mary C 24581094
b. 1855 d. 1926 Layton Cemetery
WOMAN IS KILLED AT SANDUSKY
Mrs. Mary Harrell, 71, Steps In Front Of Train
SHAWL OBSCURED VIEW
Husband was Killed in Same Manner at Horace 16 Years Ago
Mrs. Mary Harrell, 71 years old, a widow, of Sandusky, was killed instantly about 4:20 o'clock yesterday afternoon when she stepped into the path of a speeding southbound passenger train at the north crossing in Sandusky.
According to reports, Mrs. Harrell had been to the Sandusky school building where her son, Donald Harrell, is employed as janitor and was returning to her home a few blocks from the school building when she was struck. A shawl which she was said to have had over her head is believed to have obstructed her view of the approaching trains.
This crossing where Mrs. Harrell was killed is said to be one of the most dangerous in this part of the county. The street which crosses the track at that place lies between two high banks which prevent one from getting a view of the track. The track makes an abrupt curve about 100 feet north of the crossing which also prevents trainmen from seeing the crossing until their train is almost upon it.
The engineer of the train, whose identity was not learned, stated that he saw Mrs. Harrell walk onto the track just as his train neared the crossing, but added it would have been impossible for him to stop before striking her. As the aged woman stepped on the track, the engineer was said to have applied the brakes, bringing his train to standstill 200 feet south of the crossing.
It was recalled today that Mrs. Harrell's husband, James Harrell, was also killed by a train at Horace about sixteen years ago.
The deceased is survived by two sons, Donald, with whom she lived; and Jess, of Connersville; also three brothers, Ryal Chandler, of Sandusky; Joseph Chandler, of Greensburg, and Morton Chandler, of Oklahoma.
Funeral services will be held at the Sandusky Methodist church at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning. Burial will be in the Layton cemetery.
Greensburg Daily News
Tuesday, November 23, 1926