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.

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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