Fire, Disease, Horses, & Death by Grief


Life & Death in the Oil Region Logo

April 5, 1873: William Barry was burned beyond recognition in an accident on the Jamestown Railroad at Oil City. He was only able to be identified by a pistol which he carried. He was 17 years old.

September 21, 1876: Eda May Bates died in Titusville of diphtheria. She was 14 years, 8 months, and 7 days old.

October 3, 1873: Sanford Bates was killed in Sparta Township when his horses ran away, crushing him against a gatepost.

May 13, 1874: Little son of Reverend J.M. Bear (R.M. Bear), Pastor of the M.E. Church on Oil City’s South Side, was killed by a train in Oil City.

          July 30, 1875: Mrs. R.M. Bear, wife of R.M. Bear of Conneautville and Oil City, died of grief over the death of her youngest child, a boy, who was killed by the cars in Oil City.

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