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Mrs. N. V. Tyrrell Meets death in Accident Yesterday.

A distressing accident, in which Mrs. N. V. TYRRELL was crushed to death, occurred near the home of W. E. LONG in Rice township at eight o'clock yesterday morning.

Mrs. TYRRELL, accompanied by her four-year-old daughter, had started to the home of her sister, Mrs. Luella HARDIN (sic, should be HARDEN), to spend the day. She was driving a blind horse hitched to a top buggy and had gone less than a half mile from home when at the foot of a hill near the home of W. E. LONG, the horse ran off of a bridge and the buggy and its occupants were thrown into the ditch in a heap. The indications are that when the buggy struck the bottom of the ditch, probably six feet from the level of the road, the occupants were precipitated forward, Mrs. TYRRELL falling immediately behind the horse and the little girl to one side of the buggy. Possibly in an effort to save her daughter, the mother lost her own life.

But just how the accident occurred will never ben known. Mr. and Mrs. LONG, who were at the barn feeding the hogs, saw Mrs. TYRRELL drive past. They noticed the horse was trotting briskly and remarked that the roads were rough for fast driving, but before the bottom of the hill was reached, Mrs. TYRRELL stopped the horse and helped the little girl back into the seat from which she had been jolted in passing over the rough section of the road, and drove on. Mrs. LONG then started for the house and before entering looked toward the road. She saw one wheel of the buggy revolving in the air and called to her husband saying she believed Mrs. TYRRELL was in toruble; that it looked like a wheel had broken from the buggy. Mr. LONG looked toward the road but could not see distinctly on account of some willows that stood between him and the road. He ran toward the road, and, hearing the little girl crying, knew something serious had happened. Mr. and Mrs. LONG rushed to the scene of the accident and, although less than five minutes had elapsed since they saw Mrs. TYRRELL drive past, it was too late to render assistance. Every effort was made to restore life, but all to no avail. The horse in struggling to climb the bank on the opposite of the ditch had fallen backward, his full weight coming upon Mrs. TYRRELL and nearly buring her in the mud. Robert M. BUCK and Hallie GLENDENNING, a cousin of Mrs. TYRRELL, were soon on the scene and assisted Mr. LONG in taking the dead woman from under the horse.

Under the weight of the horse, the woman had been almost buried in the mud, only a portion of her lower limbs being visible; the horse still making frantic efforts to get up, and the little child standing to one side and partly beneath the buggy, calling him [GLENDENNING?] by anme, imploring him to "help mamma out." The child was taken to the LONG home and in telling the children about the accident said her mother called to her and said, "O, daughter, I am dying." These were the last words of the dying woman.

News of the accident was sent over the telephone wires and soon neighbors from all directions arrived on the scene. Mrs. TYRRELL was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. GLENDENNING, to whose home the remains were taken. She was about twenty-six years of age and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was united in marriage to N. V. TYRRELL about seven years ago and the little daughter who witnessed her tragic death was their only child.

The funeral was held from the home this morning at 10 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. G. M. ROBERTS, pastor of the Redding M.E. church, and the remains were brought to Mt. Ayr and laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery.


Death always comes as a surprise. No matter how or when the death angel comes, we are never quite ready for his advent. But at some times his coming is more sudden and unexpected than all other times and hence more surprising. When he comes in a time of health and in an unexpected moment by accident, misfortunes and calamity, then we are shocked and paralyzed. Such was the coming of death to Mrs. N. V. [Flora] TYRRELL in the destressing accident that in providence came to her on Tuesday, May 9th. The event so unusual in all its details, sent a thrill of horror to the homes concerned and all the neighborhood. Passing time and the grace of God alone can calm and comfort the trouble souls.

Mrs. TYRRELL'S maiden name was GLENDENNING, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. GLENDENNING of Rice township, and well known and respected in the community. She was born on December 14, 1882, and had reached the age of 24 years, 4 months and 25 days. She was united in marrige to Mr. [Nova V.] TYRRELL October 16, 1900. One daughter came to the home and she was with the mother and barely escaped with her life at the time of the accident. Mrs. TYRRELL united with the M.E. church in 1899, and has since lived a loving and devoted christian. Her death is the first one that has come to her father's family and as they have always shown a singular attachment for each other, the sorrow comes with great bitterness.

It all seems to them a mysterious event which time and the intelligence of the future world can alone explain. The funeral was conducted from her father's home on Friday, May 10, by Rev. G. T. ROBERTS, of Redding. He chose for his text Rev. 14:13, "And I heard a voice from haven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth: yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." It was a message of comfort and peace to the afflicted souls.

The manners of Mrs. TYRRELL were gentle and charming. Her influence was pure and elevating. Her convictions were clear and clacisive. Her life was short, but those with whom she lived were made better by her presence. The music at the funeral was furnished by the Eureka M.E. choir. She leaves to mourn her sad death a husband, one daughter, sisters and a brother, and loving parents. The interment took place at the Rose Hill cemetery [at Mount Ayr]. The peculiar sadness of the death called out the sympathy of the whole community. The attendance at the funeral was large and a solemn silence fell upon all.


Card of Thanks

In the terrible shock that came to us on Thursday, May 9, 1907, in the accidental death of wife, mother, sister and daughter, we desire to return our sincere and united thanks to all our friends and neighbors who so promptly and sympathetically assisted us in the sudden and mysteriously affliction. We owe them a debt of gratitude. These unselfish kindnesses served to soften our sorrow and to lead us to a higher and better appreciation of our friends.

N. V. TYRRELL and family friends.

Submission by Ann Wyer, July of 2012

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