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Ardine Croson


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 3/20/2006 at 08:15:36

Winterset Madisonian - September 1912

Auto Accident is Fatal
Sixteen Year Old Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. V.
Croson, Killed on Public Square

Ardine, the sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Croson, was run over and killed by an auto, in front of the Danforth & Benson hardware store on Monday. The boy, accompanied by several school mates, was on his way home from school for the noon hour. They were crossing the street diagonally southeast from the First National Bank corner. An auto approaching from the east was signalled and the boy ran north to avoid the auto and ran directly in front of another car going in the opposite direction and driven by Doug Roy. After the accident, he walked to the sidewalk, but was soon overcome by the injury. He was carried into Tidrick-Terrill's store, where a cot was procured and he was taken to his home.

The accident occurred a few minutes before noon and he died about one half hour later. The wheels of the car passed over his abdomen, death resulting from internal injuries. This is the first fatal accident to happen in Winterset and as sad in results as could be possible.

The boy who was the only child in the family, was sixteen years of age, though small for his age, and somewhat frail in body, due to sickness in earlier childhood. The father, H. V. Croson is employed in the J. E. Smith grocery.

It is needless to say that Mr. Roy is deeply pained over the sad affair. Those who witnessed the accident do not censue Mr. Roy and say that the car was going at moderate speed when the boy was struck.

The funeral was held this afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist church. Rev. T. V. Dugan of the United Presbyterian church preached the sermon.

Winterset Madisonian September 18, 1912
Pg 5

Ardine, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Croson, was born at Farmington Falls, Maine, July 25, 1896. On Monday Sept. 9th about noon, as he was returning from school, he was overtaken and fatally injured by an automobile. He lived but a short time after the accident. Ardine was an only child the one object in which was centered the solitude of a Christian home. He was generous hearted, unselfish and considerate far beyond one of his years. The people in the neighborhood where he lived, regarded him as a special favorite. This was especially true of those homes that were in a condition to most need and appreciate his kind ministrations. The aged and infirm grand parents will most miss him as he was a constant help and joy to that home. He was converted at the Lowry meetings, held in the tabernacle some years ago and united with the Methodist church. He was a happy Christian boy and always took part with the parents in family worship. He was a model Sunday school pupil, always prompt and punctual in attendance. The heart broken parents have the sympathy of the entire community and the large funeral which was held from the Methodist church on Thursday of last week, was generally attended by people of all classes, from all parts of town. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. V. Dugan, who is a neighbor and intimate friend of the family.

(Burial in Winterset cemetery)

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