Canandiagua, NY Trolley Automobile Wreck, Sept 1907
DOCTOR AND 3 WOMEN DIE IN AUTO CRASH
Motor Car, Driven by Rochester Physician, Hit by Trolley.
COLLISION OCCURS AT CROSSING
Accident Happened on Steep Grade and Passengers Say the Car Was Going at a Rate of Fifty Miles an Hour.
Canandaigua, N. Y. -- DR. GEORGE WALDRON, a venerable physician of Rochester, took three of his oldest women patients for a health-giving auto jaunt in the country. At the â€œFresh Hour Crossing,â€ four miles from here, the machine was struck by an express trolley car of the Rochester and Easton Railway, and all four were instantly killed.
Another woman patient, who was to have joined the auto party at the crossing, alighted from the trolley car to step upon the body of the doctor. It is said she will die from the shock.
The dead are:
DR. GEORGE WALDRON, fifty-four, No. 408 Plymouth avenue, Rochester.
MRS. CATHARINE FARNSWORTH, seventy-five, No. 11 Eagle street, Rochester.
MRS. WILLIAM SCANDLING, sixty-seven, Hopewell Hamlet.
MRS. JANE HOBBS, seventy, of Hopewell Hamlet.
DR. WALDRON, one of the oldest medical men in Rochester, numbered among his patients the richest and best families of the city and the countryside for miles around. As one of the old school of medicine, he believed in the â€œfresh airâ€ cure as much as in drugs, and frequently took his patients driving through the rural districts to add the finishing touch to his treatment.
A month ago he bought an auto. Thinking he had mastered it, he invited three aged women to ride with him to Canandaigua and back.
â€œIt will mean ten years of life to you,â€ he said, and bundled them into the machine.
The thirty-mile ride to Hopewell and part of the return were made without accident. But near the â€œFresh Hour crossingâ€ the auto balked and the doctor could only get it running in little spurts and cranky jumps.
He blamed his inability to keep it going on the lack of implements in the tool box. When the aged women became fidgety, he jocularly took from beneath his seat the box of surgical instruments he always carried and, with the aid of the scalpel and a pair of â€œnippers,â€ tinkered the engine into running form.
Mounting the chauffeur's seat, DR. WALDRON drove along until he reached the crossing of the trans-state trolley system and the State road.
Cars on that line dash past at sixty miles an hour and one of them approached at the speed limit just as the auto stopped again, half-way across the tracks.
Before the physician or the frightened women could cry out, the trolley car had hit them. Splinters of the automobile were scattered in all directions. Its occupants were thrown into a nearby pasture and against fence and telegraph poles.
When the car had been stopped, a hundred yards beyond, its panic stricken passengers crowded out and went back to find all the auto party dead. Among these passengers was MRS. LEVIZA BAKER, of Rochester, who stepped upon the body of her physician, which lay beside the car. She fainted from the shock.
DR. WALDRON'S neck had been broken and his skull was crushed; every bone was broken in the body of MRS. FARNSWORTH and the bodies of MRS. SCANDLING and MRS. HOBBS were so mangled that their husbands could not identify them until late at night. All the bodies were put aboard a special car and taken to Cauandaigua.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1907-09-06