Am not related. Surname appears to be somewhat unique .
Transcribed by Dee Sardoc
Stockton Daily Independent
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>MONDAY, 5 AUG 1867<<
THE FATAL STAGE ACCIDENT - We take the following account of the late stage accident on the Virginia road from the Gold Hill 'News.' The recital of the death of Mrs. KNUTTSCHNITT (Ed note: probably an error per spelling of surname in following) is quite touching:
The Pioneer stages from Cisco were all crowded with passengers - there being not less than 60 in all, according to waybills. The coach which met with the accident had 6 ladies and 8 children on the inside, and about 6 passengers on the outside, among whom was our informant, whose seat was back of the driver. The stages were a little behind time, and the horses were kept on a good steady trot, but there was no running or racing between the different coaches. The place where the accident occurred was on a level, sandy plain, but where there were occasionally soft spots, dust or chuck-holes, usually on nearly all of the turnpike roads in this State. At the particular spot where the coach turned over, 3 different tracks converged, and as the driver turned his leaders on one, the team being on full trot, the wheels struck a small rise of earth just at the point of the 2 wagon track, and it is supposed the off wheels sunk into a rut, when the coach fell over on its right side. The team stopped, all the passengers on top were thrown off, including the driver, whose right leg was caught under the side of the stage, and fastened to the earth. The children and women on the inside of the coach not knowing what had happened, set up a terrific screeching and cry for help; while the outside passengers, who were more or less stunned and bruised, recovered themselves as quickly as possible, and opening the door of the coach, as soon as possible lifted the terror-stricken children and ladies out. Among the passengers were Mrs. KRUTTSCHNITT, her mother and 3 little children, all occupying the back seat of the coach. Mrs. KRUTTSCHNITT sitting next to the right wheel, on the side the coach fell. The passengers were all extricated alive, but terribly scared, except Mrs. KRUTTSCHNITT, who was found pressed and jammed through the curtain on to the wheel, being entirely insensible, and a terrible gash cut in the right side of her forehead. Her mother was taken out very much stunned, and it was feared she was fatally injured, but the cool night air revived her, and she set about bestowing attention upon the insensible body of her daughter, who lay stretched out on the side of the road, and where death came to her relief in about half an hour - leaving her mother and little children to close her eyes in death, on the bare cold ground, away from home, from the affectionate husband and father, who was in expectation of meeting them all in life and health ere the sun rose this morning! Sad, sad, indeed, was the terrible news conveyed to the husband on the arrival of the stage at 3 o'clock! The shock to the husband and father was indeed overwhelming. He immediately procured a physician, and with conveyance that would take him as quick as possible, he went on his errand of relief and mercy to the wife of his bosom - but, alas! only to find the lifeless corpse. The body of the deceased has been brought into Virginia city, and we presume will be buried tomorrow.
Vern thank you for the article. I had not seen this one when doing Kruttschnitt family history.The young woman was the wife of August Matthaus Kruttschnitt, one Charlotte Antonia Lippert. She was killed in that stage accident and is buried in the Silver Terrace Cemetery in Virginia City, Nevada.
I am no longer doing anything related to Lorraine Pell or Pell family. There are too many Pells out there!
Thanks again for your eagle eye....yes Kruttschnitt does stand out wherever it appears.
Pell Kruttschnitt, Burbank, CA