Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Charles B. Barker

Charles B. Barker, March 1851-August 1918, husband of Mary Alfretta Starr (husband's 1st great grand aunt).

Death Follows Driving Mishap

Littlestown Baker Under Wagon as Horse Takes Fright at Trolley Car

Lingering for Nine Hours

Internal Injuries Complicated with Heart Condition of Some Duration Results in Death

As the result of a driving accident earlier in the day, Charles Barker died at his home on Frederick street, Littlestown, at ten o'clock Saturday night. He was aged about 66 years.

Mr. Barker was in his bakery wagon on Hanover street shortly after noon when he saw the Littlestown-Hanover trolley car approaching. He was driving a horse which he knew was afraid of the car and which he usually took into an alley or side street in order to avoid the possibility of a runaway. Saturday however he realized that he did not have time to do this and he quickly jumped out of the wagon and ran to the horse's head.

As he did so he slipped and fell against the curbing. The horse took fright at the car and started to run, both wheels of the wagon going over Mr. Barker's back. Friends quickly picked him up and he was taken in an automobile to his home where Dr. Crouse found that he was suffering from several broken ribs, and possibly other internal injuries. The injured man was unconscious for a short time but after regaining consciousness was perfectly aware of his condition and everything about him until his death occurred in the evening.

For some time Mr. Barker had been suffering from a form of heart trouble and it is believed that it was this coupled with the injuries and the shock that caused his death.

Mr. Barker leaves his wife and two daughters, Miss. Ella Barker and Miss. Rose Barker, both at home. He also leaves four sisters, Mrs. John Miller, and Mrs. George Yount, both of Littlestown; Mrs. W. T. Howard, Haddonfield, N.J.; and Mrs. C. F. Kump, Hanover.

He was an active member of the Lutheran church in Littlestown.

The funeral will be held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Littlestown cemetery.

Obituary courtesy Gettsyburg Times.

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