A FATAL RUNAWAY ACCIDENT, In Which Orval H. CROSIER, of Rutland, Loses His Life. Rutland, April 19, 1900
"The most distressing runaway accident that has occurred in Rutland in recent years happened about 6 o'clock Saturday night, and resulted In the death of Orval H. CROSIER, of 19 East Washington Street, shortly after 12 o'clock Monday morning. It was found by the physicians who attended him that death resulted from a fracture at the base of the skull and the attendant hemorrhage. Mr. CROSIER was driving a horse he had recently purchased, hitched to a light open buggy. The latter part of the afternoon he had taken his children for a drive. He returned about 6 o'clock and left them at the house. He then intended to take his wife out for a drive. In driving out of the yard before he had taken his wife In, the horse, which was young and had not been driven much, began to act unruly. Mr. CROSIER struck him with the whip and he began to run. Mr. CROSIER soon got the animal under control, drove around the block and returned and drove Into the yard again. In turning around the second time the horse became stubborn and began to back up. Mr. CROZIER then struck him with the whip somewhat harder than at first. The horse started to run again and soon became unmanageable. Mr. CROZIER either jumped or was thrown out of the buggy In front of the house of George E. CLARK. He struck on the back of his head and on his shoulders and was found unconscious. He was taken to his home in the ambulance. The horse ran down Washington Street and through Merchants' Row, where Policeman SMITH made an effort to stop him, but was knocked down in the effort. The horse was stopped at last on Elm Street by Frank HALE. The buggy was in an upright condition, indicating that probably Mr. CROZIER jumped from it. Mr. CROZIER was 37 years of age and was born at Halifax. He attended the Slocome Business College of Buffalo, NY, was married September 22, 1866, and came to Rutland, Vermont, soon after. He had been connected with M.E. Wheeler & Co. ever since that business was established here, was held in the highest esteem by his employers and filled the importantposition of looking after the voluminous correspondence of the firm. Mr. CROZIER leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus CROZIER, and a wife (Martha POWERS CROZIER) and two children, a son (Robert) 7 years old and a daughter (Esther) 6 years of age. He is also survived by four sisters and five brothers."
He was my great grandfather. Jan jnrose at webtv dot net