Monday, November 30, 2009

1946 :: Death by jumping from a moving truck?

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 30th day of November . . . in the year 1946 . . . death occurred in Green County, Kentucky . . . by jumping from a moving truck . . . for 65-year-old Jefferson Washington Henry and 56-year-old Owen Walton Henry . . . both were sons of Francis M. Henry (1841-1910) and Ann R. Calhoun (1846-1925) . . .

Jefferson Washington Henry was born 23rd December 1880 in Kentucky . . . and died 30th November 1946 in Green County, Kentucky . . . after jumping from a moving truck . . . at the age of 65 years 11 months 7 days!?!

Owen Walton Henry was born 31st Augusgt 1890 in Green County, Kentucky . . . and died 30th November 1946 in Green County Kentucky . . . after jumping from a moving truck . . . at the age of 56 years 2 months 30 days?!?

2011 Update . . . found a news clipping about these two nephews of my 2nd great-grandpa . . .

Middlesboro Daily News
Middlesboro, Kentucky
Monday, December 2, 1946
Two Killed in Leap from Car 
Greensburg, Ky., Dec. 2. -- Green County Sheriff Boyce Hudson today reported two brothers, both Green county farmers, were killed Saturday night when they jumped from a moving pick-up truck driven by J.L. Buchanan, about 33, Greensburg. Hudson said the two were Jeff Henry, 65, and Owen Henry, 56, both of whom were riding along with 11-year-old Dwayne Zarnasdale [sic, i.e., Vanarsdale] in the back of the vehicle. He quoted the youth as saying the younger brother without warning suddenly leaped from the vehicle, followed by the other. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of death from unnatural causes. Both suffered factured skulls. The incident occurred on Highway 61 four miles south of here.

2012 Update . . . heard from the little boy in this news story . . . he shared his memories of that day . . . 

Vickie Everhart aka benotforgot


Heather Rojo said...

I'm sure that a newspaper account must exist. It seems like a very newsworthy story, especially if it was a small town, for two relatives to die in such an accident!

Joan said...

My curiousity is tweaked. I can hardly wait for you to post the follow up story.

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