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Florence Belle Widrig

Florence Belle Widrig

Female 1900 - 1918  (17 years)

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  • Name Florence Belle Widrig  [1
    Born 22 Jul 1900 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Apr 1918  Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 17 years 
    Person ID I10830  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Ancestors William Ransom Widrig,   b. 1866, New Centerville, Albion Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1911, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Laura E. Wilbur,   b. 1 Apr 1870, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1936  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4864  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Florence Belle Widrig - July 22, 1900 - April 14, 1918. Daughter of William R. and Laura E. Wilbur Widrig.

      Newspaper Obituary - Monday Afternoon, April 15, 1918 Oswego Daily Palladium - Oswego, New York - Two Girls Are Killed By Train - Struck By An East Bound Freight - Two Others Are Hurt - Six Young People Were Walking Along Track When They Stepped in Front of Train - Pulaski, April 15 - Miss Alta Briggs, 16, daughter of Charles Briggs and Miss Florence Widrig, were run down and instantly killed at about 9:30 last evening by the east bound freight train. Both bodies were shockingly mutilated and were almost unrecognizable. Newton Taplin, 18, and Clayton Briggs, 18, brother of the dead girl, were severely injured, the right leg of the Briggs boy being broken and Taplin was severely bruised about the head and other parts of the body. It is feared that his skull is fractured. Miss Frances Coon and Glendon March escaped injury. The accident happened at a point about half a mile west of the passenger station at Richland, the six young people living on farms between the village and Pulaski, and were on their way to their homes when the fatality occurred. The party was walking on the tracks of the New York Central. An engine and caboose was running west and the young people to avoid it stepped on the opposite tracks and almost directly in front of an east bound freight train. Evidently the young people became confused when they observed the approaching engine and caboose and in attempting to get out of the way became excited and did not seem to notice the freight train bearing down upon them until it was too late. The bodies of the two girls were thrown a considerable distance to one side of the tracks, portions of their bodies being gathered up alone the entire distance. Dr. Leroy F. Hollis of Lacona, a coroner for the eastern end of Oswego county, was notified over the long distance telephone by Dr. Fenton E. MacCallum of this village, the latter having been called over the telephone to Richland. The bodies of the two girls were taken to the undertaking rooms of Enos & Martin in this village at 2 this morning. Coroner Hollis will conduct an inquest at Richland at 10 tomorrow morning. Newton Taplin and the Briggs boy were given first aid by Dr. James M. More of Pulaski, after which they were places in the caboose and taken to St. Joseph's hospital, Syracuse, accompanied by Dr. More. The father of the Widrig girl was killed on the New York Central tracks at Richland about five years ago.

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for William R Widrig