Accident News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

BURNED - We learn that Robt. Wood, manager for L.R. Ford, near Madisonville, was severely burned in the back on Friday evening, the 2d last.  He had been suffering from neuralgia, and had laid down before the fire for relief, when his clothes took fire.  Dr. Dupuy was called who promptly administered to his relief, and it was hoped that his injuries would not prove serious.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, November 1, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

A truck loaded with lumber driven by Mr. Lonnie Keeton, struck a bank of dirt and overturned, painfully injuring Mr. Keeton, and also Edward Locke, second son of Mr. and Mrs. O.V. Locke, who was on the truck at the time.  The accident occurred last Friday morning on the Wylliesburg road near town.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, October 18, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Mr. Thomas Culley had the misfortune to have a wreck on last Sunday night with his car near Woodrow Hall but fortunately he did not get hurt.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 5, 1956.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

A 5 year old boy and his grandfather were killed near Keysville last week when a Southern Railway train crashed into their pickup truck at a grade crossing.
Hubert Henry Clark, age, 74, and Carl Morris Bailey, age 5, both of Keysville, were the victims.
Mr. Clark had just left his home, a short distance from the scene of the accident, and was headed toward Route 360 when the truck collided with the train.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at Ash Camp Baptist Church in Keysville, with burial in the church cemetery.
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Mrs. Essie Dalton Clark;  three daughters, Mrs. Bernard Higgins and Mrs. George Spencer, both of Victoria, and Mrs. Morris C. Bailey, of Keysville;  2 sons, Milton W. and E.B. Clark, both of Richmond;  a brother Charles E. Clark, of Roanoke;  and seven grandchildren and a great grand-child. Carl is survived by his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Morris C. Bailey;  two sisters, Hariett F. and Lorraine A. Bailey, and his grandparents, Mrs. Hubert H. Clark, and Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Bailey, all of Keysville.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 21, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

A double drowning occurred on a farm near Phenix about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when a 11 year old Negro boy swimmer disappeared at the drain pipe in the center of a newly constructed fish pond and his 32 year old aunt lost her life in a attempt to save him.
State  Trooper J.M. Nichols identified the victims as Sallie Ann and Eugene Brogdon, of Phenix.  The tragedy occurred on the farm of M.B. Rice, a member of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors, where both lived. Nichols said Robert Lee Brogdon, 10, stood by the pond for about an hour before summoning help.  He quoted the small boy as saying he was waiting for them (the drowned pair) to come up.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 3, 1927.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

An oil truck belonging to ? Oil Co., of Cullen, driven by Willie Carwile, turned completely upwards on Monday afternoon shortly after ? hour, while on a trip from Charlotte Courthouse to Drakes Branch. The driver was lacerated to some extent, but not seriously injured.  He claims he gave too much of the road in trying to avoid collision with another auto.  The truck rested with its wheels in the oil and tank at the bottom.  It was filled with oil, which was drawn off by another truck with a loss of fifty gallons.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 10, 1927.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Feeling that something was wrong at home, Frank Kehoe, sott drink bartender, got off early and went home.  He found his house filled with fumes of gas and his wife unconscious in a  kitchen chair.  Mrs. Kehoe was revived later at a hospital.  Gas escaped from an open jet of the stove on which a can of milk was boiling.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, January 8, 1874.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 ACCIDENT AT KEYSVILLE - On Saturday last, a colored man named George Goode was accidently shot by another colored man named John Dean.  The charge took effect in the lower part of his face, breaking his jaw, and inflicting very serious injury.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, July 5, 1894.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

We regret to learn that on Thursday afternoon of last week, while in the upper hall of "Arcadia," the residence of E. F. Daniel, Treasurer of the county, his little son, Samuel, about eight years old, fell over the ballisters to the hall below.  He struck upon the side of the head, not fracturing the skull, but was rendered unconscious, and recognized his parents.  Dr. Gibbs, was with him all Thursday night, and Dr. Gregory was called in consultation on Friday m
Source:  orning. On Monday his condition was reported slightly improved, though still he is not out of danger.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, August 2, 1894.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Wm. St. John, living near Madisonville, one day recently was at Pamplin's and when he was about to leave for home, his horse became frightened and ran. Mr. St. John was thrown from his buggy, and was so severely injured that on being conveyed to the depot, it was some days before he could be conveyed home.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, August 9, 1894.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 The many friends of Mr. A.H. Williams will regret to learn that, on Tuesday of last week, while "scoring" barn-logs, his broad-axe glanced and striking his foot cut a severe gash, just above the instep.  Surgical assistance was rendered, and the wound progressed so favorable that Mr. W. was able to be out on court-day.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, May 2, 1929.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Ontario News
Mr. Thomas Reamer, who was working on the new store building here, had the misfortune of falling from the top of the building last week.  He was not seriously injured, however he received several bad gashes about the forehead and nose, and suffered a dislocated shoulder.  He fell about twenty-five feet, landing on his hands and feet.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, September 19, 1946.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Samuel Thomas Holt was instantly killed in an automobile accident Friday evening, September 6, about one mile west of his home at Phenix, on Route 40.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, September 8, at 3 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Hugh B. Andrews, at Phenix.  Rev. R.S. Booker conducted the home service and he was assisted by Rev. F. Marion Dick with the committal at Wickliffe cemetery, Brookneal, in the family section.
Mr. Holt was born Dcember 20, 1910, in Brookneal and was the son of the late Samuel T. Holt and Mrs. Mollie Cathran Holt.  He married Miss Margaret Dodson and she and two sons, Wayne 6, and Jimmie Holt 3, survive.  Mrs. Holt and little son, Jimmie, were with Mr. Holt at the time of the accident, and both were taken to Memorial hospital in Lynchburg.  The little boy received severe cuts about the head and is satisfactorily recovering, but Mrs. Holt is still in the hospital, it is reported, with a broken vertebrae.
In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Holt is survived by five sisters: Mrs. Hugh B. Andrews, Phenix; Mrs. Frank Lash, Richmond; Mrs. Roy Ferguson, Victoria; Mrs. Guy Elder and Mrs. Clyde Davidson, all of Brookneal, and Mrs. J.E. May, of Alexandria.
Active pallbearers were Garland Canada, Dick Harris, William Hamlett, Carrol M. Holt, Johnny Adams, William Hamlett and Claud Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Elwood Holt, James Holt, Howard Gilliam, Ned Gilliam Elwood Canada, Charles Berkley, Reed Berkley, Joe Canada, Lloyd Adams, H.F. Wilkins, Charlie Dodson, Ryland Pugh, Stuart Andrews, Berkley Andrews, Billy Andrews, Otha Moore, Marshall Roach, Burruss Roach.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, September 19, 1964.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

Two South Hill men, S. Manuel Newcomb, 35, and Douglas Hart Roberts, 24, were killed instantly about 8 a.m. Tuesday, when the lumber truck in which they were riding was struck by a trailer-truck on United States Route 1, two miles north of McKinney. The two deaths sent the Virginia traffic toll to 526 for 1946.
Newcomb and Roberts, both employed by F.E. Watkins, of South Hill, were taking a load of lumber to Curles Neck Farm, near Richmond.  The big trailer-van, loaded with 200 barrels of chemicals, was going from New Jersey to North Carolina and the driver and two other men were in the cab at the time of the accident.
According to those at the scene of the accident, the lumber truck had pulled entirely off the right side of the three-lane highway when it was struck by the heavily laden trailer.
Both Newcomb and Roberts were so badly mangled that identification was difficult.
State Trooper W.G. Mason, who investigated the crash, said the driver of the van, 22-year-old Ferdinand Monus, whose address was not immediately determined and who was unhurt in the wreck, has been freed on $5,000 bail to appear in Mecklenburg Trial Justice Court to answer two charges of manslaughter in connection with the deaths of Roberts and Newcomb.  A date for the hearing has not been set, he said.
Roberts, who was driving the lumber truck, was discharged from the Army in March after serving overseas.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Jordan Roberts; a small daughter, his father, one brother and two sisters.  A funeral service for Roberts will be held at 1 a.m. Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church near South Hill.
Newcomb is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Edgerton Newcomb; two small daughters, his mother, Mrs. Marie Rutledge Newcomb, of Saxe, and one brother, Burrell Newcomb of Saxe.  The funeral was held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the family cemetery at Saxe.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, February 2, 1905.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

A Number of Others Injured More or Less Seriously - Passenger Train on Branch of the Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad Jumps the Track at a Sharp Curve Near Troy Depot.
Troy, N.C., Special. - A passenger train on the Biscoe and Mt. Gilead branch of the Aberdeen & Asheboro railroad, jumped the track here Tuesday morning.  Two coaches plunged from a ten-foot embankment and were completely wrecked.  Nearly every passenger on the train was hurt, one fatally.  The injured are:
Rev. G.A. Oglesby, pastor of Aberdeen Methodist Church, received internal injuries, died during the day. David Cook, of Mt. Gilead, serious injuries. W.S. Ingram, of Mt. Gilead, seriously hurt. D. Berry, of Wadesville, serious. Clark Ballard, of Mt. Gilead, and William Dunn, of Mt. Gilead, injured but not seriously. The injured passengers were taken to the hotel here and given medical attention.
The wreck was caused by spreading rails.  The train, which was due here about 11:30 a.m., struck a sharp curve near the depot and left the track, two cars pitching down the embankment.  These cars were practically demolished, but the balance of the train suffered little injury.  The road, which is a short line from Biscoe to Mt. Gilead, is a part of the Aberdeen and Asheboro system, owned by the Pages.

Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Smithfield, VA, Thursday, May 11, 1905.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Houston, Texas, Special. - A Galveston, Houston & Northern train, coming from Galveston, left the track at a curve near Harrisburg, shortly before midnight, the engine turning turtle, and taking all the coaches off.  Engineer Frank Cox was cremated under his engine.  Fireman Daneton is missing, and it is believed that he was also burned.  While several of the passengers were bruised, none were badly hurt. The coaches were wrecked and caught fire, the train being nearly destroyed by fire.  A spreading rail caused the wreck.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 27, 1946.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Robert Flannagan, of Randolph, died in the Southside hospital Wednesday morning as a result of injured received in an auto wreck at Cullen late Tuesday night.  Fulton Tucker, also of Saxe, and Miss Ruth Flesmman, of Red House, two other occupants of the car are now in the Southside hospital, Tucker in critical condition.  Two other occupants of the car, whose names are not available, were not seriously injured.  The driver of the car, after crossing the railroad bridge in Cullen, failed to make the curve at the forks of the road, and crashed head-on into a tree in front of Ferguson's store.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,March 7, 1940
Submitted By;  Bea Adams King

Six Negroes Die As Train Strikes Auto

Six Negroes were killed early Sunday, when a Norfolk and Western freight train struck their automobile at a crossing, a mile south of Pamplin, in Appomattox County.
They were Lee, Moses and Thomas Wiley, brothers; Belle Wiley, wife of Thomas, and Will Jones, all of Darlington Heights, and Hassie Morton of Pamplin.  The men were all farm workers.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 8, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sudden Death;  (Taken from The Charlotte Gazette 54 years ago)

We learn that Jas. F. Barnes, living near Midway Church, in this county, died very suddenly on Friday of last week.  He was with his hands in the morning, apparently in good health, but without warning fell and expired.  His funeral was attended on Saturday.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 11, 1940
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Child Killed At Red Oak When Struck By Car

Lauravee Jones, age 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jones, of Red Oak, died Wednesday of last week, as a result of injuries received when she was struck by an automobile, on Route 15 near Red Oak.
Police said the child had alighted from a school bus near her home and had walked a short distance along the shoulder of the highway, when she stepped into the path of a car driven by H.S. Breckenridge, of Mill Dale, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Breckenridge was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and was tried before Trial Justice Court, at Charlotte Court House Friday, April 5.  The case was sent to the Grand Jury

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 28, 1940
Submitted By: 
Bea Adams King
Old Charlotte  (Taken from the Gazette files of 54 years ago)

Burned To Death

We learn that a little colored girl, a child of George Bacon, living near Drakes Branch, was burned to death on Wednesday of last week.  It appears that the child was trying to kindle a fire with kerosene oil from a lamp, when the lamp exploded.  The childs clothes took fire and she was so badly burned that death resulted.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, Va., Thursday, March 24, 1898
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sad Accident

While Mr. R.T. Hammersley, of Rolling Hill, was on his way to Drakes Branch on the evening of the 14th with a load of tobacco, one of the wheels of his wagon came off, when one of his horses began to kick hitting the leg of Mr. H. who was sitting in the fore part of the wagon, and breaking the leg.  It was a compound fracture, as we learn, both bones being broken. He was taken to the house of Mr. Adkins, near Retirement, and was cared for till the following day, when surgical aid was rendered him.  On Friday, as we learned, the broken limb was placed in a plaster cast, preparatory to his removal, should it be deemed advisable.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 27, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Only Slight Damage To Pickle Factory

A small section of the second story of the Tidewater Pickle Company factory, at Drakes Branch, gradually collapsed Monday night.  It was packed with cases of dill pickle, one of the products the factory is now turning out. 
The accident did not slow up or interfere with the work, and at this writing they have not cleared the debris sufficiently to be able to estimate the damage, which they do not expect to be very large.  No one was injured.  

Source: The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., 1999
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Head-On Collision Results In Fatalities

Kelly Locke Gwaltney, 33, of Phenix and Catherine T. Jordan, 40, of Drakes Branch, were both killed instantly as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday, December 4.
According to State Trooper Warren Bowman, Jordan was driving a 1984 Oldsmobile west on Rt. 40, .9 mile west of Rt. 645 around 5:40 p.m. when she crossed the center line and struck Gwaltney who was operating a 1986 Subaru station wagon, head-on.
According to Trooper Bowman, Jordan was traveling without any headlights when the accident occurred.
Speed was a factor in the accident.

Source: The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 12, 1971
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

 Accident Fatal To Gilbert K. Martin
Gilbert K. Martin of Keysville was fatally injured early Sunday morning in the car shown above.  Mr. Martin was alone in the car at the time of the non-collision accident.  

Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Services Set For Victim In Shooting
SAXE - Funeral services for Harold E. Duffey, 29, an employe of Virginia Crafts in Keysville will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church near Clover, with burial there.
Duffey was killed by a shotgun blast Saturday night near Saxe in Charlotte County.  Police arrested Peter Martin, 33, a welder employed in Richmond, and charged him with murder in connection with Duffey's death.
Martin's mother, Mrs. Stover Louise Martin, and two other men were reported to have been in Duffey's car in front of the Martin house when the shotgun was fired.  Mrs. Martin was wounded by the shot that killed Duffey and was listed in satisfactory condition at a Richmond hospital.  Martin also was charged by Charlotte County Sheriff Frank Smith with feloniously shooting his mother.
In the car but not injured were Bill Hudson and Carson Newcomb, both of Saxe.
Duffey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Watts Duffey; a daughter, Miss Vickie Duffey; and two sons, Ronnie and Dean Duffey, all of Saxe; his father Elgie W. Duffey of Camden, N.J.; and three brothers, Elgie W. Duffey Jr. of Drakes Branch and Russell and Ray Duffey, both of Camden.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 5, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mr. J.H. Herbert, of The Charlotte Gazette, is in a hospital in South Boston, suffering from a sprained ankle.  The accident occurred last Saturday when Mr. Herbert alighted from the train at South Boston.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 27, 1907.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King 

Death In Dynamite!
7 Men Blown to Peices on Tidewater Ry.
At 1:30 o'clock on Tuesday, June 25th, a box of dynamite exploded in the cut on Tidewater Ry, near Tola and seven men were blown to peices, and many others injured.  Those killed were--
Mr. Sullivan, foreman of the gang, and a brother-in-law of Mr. Johnston of the Construction Co.
Mr. Clark, a nephew of W.D. Clark, Supervisor of Midway district.
Four Italians.
One Russian.
The number of injured is variously reported, some putting it as high as 13, and it is expected some are fatally hurt.
The cause of the explosion is unknown.  A box of dynamite around which the gang were working, and on which Sullivan was sitting, went off, hurling portions of bodies arms, legs, heads, in every direction, so that the human fragments were picked up in a bag.  The Company rushed assistance to the scene at once, and all possible was done for the injured. 
The explosion was terrible, the force being felt for miles.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

ACCIDENT -- On Sunday last, Benjamin Marshall, son of William M. Marshall, near Harvey's store, on returning from church, was thrown from his spring wagon, and dislocated his shoulder.  Dr. Lewis and Mathews were called, and we learn he is doing well.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 22, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

FATAL ACCIDENT -- On the 5th of May, Jacob Wooldridge, a young man 16 or 17 years old, who resides with his father on the farm of Capt. J.W. White at Eureka mills, was cutting down a tree, and caught his leg, above the knee, between the stump and tree; the flesh was torn away to the bone; mortification took place and he died on the 14th.  He formerly resided in Appomattox, but recently moved to Charlotte.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

SUDDEN DEATH -- Death has been busy in our community within a short time past.  We regret to announce the sudden desease of Dr. George C. Burwell, a very wealthy man and citizen of the southern part of our county; also the illness and death of Miss Lester, the daughter of Bryan Lester, Esq.
These sad evidences of our mortality, following so soon upon the lamented loss of Mrs. Geo. C. Hannah, are calculated to impress us with the consciousness of the rapidity with which our lives are passing, and the importance of preparation for the immortality beyond.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 7, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Three More Die On Highways; Toll Is 119
Three more deaths from automobile accidents on Virginia highways were reported Monday sending the State motor death toll to 119 for 1946.
Thomas Watkins Hazlewood, 35, of Halifax County, was killed instantly Monday morning when the automobile he was driving was struck by a Norfolk and Western Railway train, at a private crossing just off Route 626 in Halifax County.
William Roy Demoss, 14, no address listed, was killed instantly Monday morning when struck by an automobile on Route 57, three miles from Martinsville.
James Walter McKay, 16, of near Farmville, was killed instantly Sunday night in a noncollision (non-collision)  automobile accident on Route 460, eight miles east of Farmville

Young McKay was a student at Farmville High School and a member of Farmville Methodist Church. Surviving him are his parents, William H. and Mrs. Lena Bowe McKay; two brothers, Billie and Edward McKay.  A funeral service will be held at 3:30 P.M. Tuesday at Farmville Methodist Church.  Burial was in Farmville Cemetery.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 2, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

H.W. Watkins Has Slight Accident.
H.W. Watkins, formerly of Drakes Branch, now of Fork Union, was taken to a hospital at Charlottesville Thursday of last week, to be treated for a slight wound.  Mr. Watkins is a guard at the Virginia Electric and Power Company at Bremo Bluff, and while cleaning his revolver accidentally shot himself through the calf of his leg.  He was very weak from loss of blood and will probably remain in the hospital until next week.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, May 29, 1873
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

ACCIDENT. - We regret to state that our esteemed friend and fellow citizen, Mr. Thomas East, met with a serious accident on Saturday evening last.  He was passing out of his porch, when slipping upon a rotten plank covering a potatoe hole, it broke, and he was thrown down violently striking his shoulder against the stone wall.  He was much bruised, but providentially no bones were broken.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 1, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Thinking to have a little fun with his sister, Callie Marshall (colored) who lives at Randolph, Tucker Marshall went to her home Sunday night about 8:30 o'clock, and refusing to tell his name frightened her so that she fired at the "unknown" intruder, and fatally injured him. He died early Monday morning.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 16, 1939
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Funeral services were conducted at the grave for Repps Weatherford Tuesday afternoon, at 2:30 by Rev. M.M. Austin, at Cool Springs. Weatherford was a victim of hit-and-run driver, Sunday evening around 6:30.  The accident occurred in front of the planing mill, operated by the Victoria Supply Company.  According to the officers investigating the accident.  No clues were found at the scene and no progress has been made in the case.
The pallbearers were Thomas Clements, W.S. Robertson, O.L. Harris, W.C. Hardy, John Carver, W. L. Harris.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ida L. Williams and Mrs. Verna M. Tatum of Richmond; three brothers, H.B. Weatherford of Richmond and William and Via Weatherford of Lunenburg County; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Rutledge and Mrs. Annie Wright of Lunenburg County, and four grandchildren.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 25, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King 

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Vaughn, of near Keysville, were slightly injured Tuesday afternoon, in an automobile accident on the Amelia road near Richmond.  Both were treated for cuts and bruises at the Memorial hospital in Richmond.  Mr. Vaughn returned Wednesday while Mrs. Vaughn remained at the hospital.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 8, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King 

Complete Story of The 'Plane Crash At Saxe Thursday
The following is a complete story of the plane crash that occurred at Saxe last Wednesday as given out by the War Department last Thursday:
The department said four of the officers were attached to the operation staff of the Army War College and were en route to Washington from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga.
They were:
Col. Kameil Maertens, 2737 Devonshire place N.W.
Col. Richard L. Baughman, 3105 Macomb street N.W.
Lt. Col. Felix A. Todd, Jr., 212 Granville drive, Silver Spring, Md.
Lt. Col. Milton H. Pressley, Jr., 2513 South Twenty-seventh street, Arlington, Va.
The pilot Maj. William M. Marks Jr., Montgomery, Ala., and co-pilot, Staff Sergt. William Evans, Jr., Peekville, Pa., also were killed.
The department said the plane took off from Fort Benning Wednesday afternoon, refueled at Charlotte, N.C., and was due in Washington about 11 o'clock Wednesday night.
Officers from Camp Pickett, Va., assigned to investigate the accident, reported that the plane circled, dropped a flare and attempted to land in a field, then hit a rise in the ground and burst into flames.  No indication was given of the cause of the attempted emergency landing.
All four of the local officers were attached to headquarters of the Army Ground Forces at the War College.
Col. Maertens, who was a native of Belgium, was known as one of the outstanding small arms experts of the Army.  He was a member of the Infantry Rifle Team, and a distinguished rifleman.
He had been in the Army since the first World War, and had service ????? posts.
He is survived by his wife and three sons, Lt. James Maertens, an instructor at the Infantry School, Fort Benning; Lt. George Maertens, of the Tank Destroyer Command, at Camp Hood, Tex., and Thomas Maertens, a cadet at the Military Academy, West Point.
Col. Baugham was a graduate of the Military Academy, and had been an instructor at the infantry school for about three years before coming to Washington for service at headquarters of the ground forces.  He was a small arms expert and taught the mechanics and marksmanship of the M-1, Garand Rifle.
Saw Wider Service
Lt. Col. Todd, a graduate of West Point in 1927, served at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., the Philippines, Fort Benning, Ga., and Panama before coming to Washington.  He is survived by his widow and two children, Ellen and Alex.  Burial will be at San Antonio, Tex.
Lt. Col. Pressley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., was graduated from West Point in 1931 and had seen duty at several posts prior to his assignment here.  He is survived by his widow and a daughter, Hulit.
Washington Post.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 1, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Plane Crashed Near Saxe About 10 P.M. Wednesday
Wednesday night about 10 o'clock an army plane crashed on the old state farm at Saxe.  From what we can gather the pilot must have had trouble for the plane circled around Saxe for several minutes before trying to make a forced landing.  Flares were dropped and when the plane landed it nosed into an embankment and exploded.
From what can be learned from four to six men were aboard.  It was also rumored that one of the men's wife was with them.  Of course none can be identified as only small parts of the bodied could be found.
It's origins and destination has not been learned as yet.