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From the April 5, 1911 issue of the "Gainesville Daily Sun" (page 1, column 1):
"Mrs. J. W. McDowall Met Untimely Death- An Unusual Accident To Automobile - DeathSuddenly Visits Party of Gainesville - While En Route to Ocala Tuesday
"Mrs. John W. McDowall of 301 East Main street N. was instantly killed by an unusual or extraordinary accident which befell a party of Gainesville automobilists while they were en route to Ocala on a pleasure trip Tuesday. There were eight in the party and two cars were used to accommodate them. In the ill-fated machine the Cadillac '30' belonging to Mrs. McDowall were Mrs. J. W. McDowall, Mrs. Louis C. Lynch, Miss Anna Scarratt and J. H. Whitney, the man having been engaged by Mrs. McDowall to drive the machine to the City. The driver and owner of the machine occupied the front seat, and Mrs. Lynch and Miss Scarratt were seated in the rear.
"The first information received here was to the effect that several members of the party were killed and all manner of rumors as to the sad occurrence, but later details conveyed the information that Mrs. McDowall had been killed instantly when a small tree or sapling had fallen across the car while they were speeding towards their destination, the accident taking place about six miles north of Ocala. Mrs. Lynch was injured about the face and neck, but it is not thought that these injuries are of a serious nature. In the car following the ill-fated machine were Mrs. A. V. Younglove and Mr. Gilbert, Miss Bettie Miller and Miss Lou Miller, this car being driven by Mr. Younglove.
"The party left Gainesville at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, it being their intention to reach Ocala in time for dinner, the return trip to be made . . .in the afternoon. All went well until the seventh mile post north of Ocala was reached, when without a second's warning a tree fell diagonally across the McDowall auto, crushing in the top and breaking the upper half of the windshield. Upon striking the auto the sapling, which was in a decomposed condition, broke into three sections, the middle part being carried being carried several wards from the point where it fell across the machine. It is thought that a portion of the sapling struck the left shoulder, just over the heart of Mrs. McDowall, but the occupants were so startled that it is impossible for them to tell exactly in what manner the crash came. The driver was stunned for the time being, but he regained his senses and assisted in removing the body of Mrs. McDowall from the car. Miss Scarratt, while greatly frightened, escaped with a few minor scratches, and as soon as the car driven by Mr. Younglove reached the scene all made haste to render what aid they could to Mrs. McDowall and Mrs. Lynch.
"Leaving the ladies and Mr. Whitney at the scene of the accident, Mr. Younglove hastened to Ocala, where he summoned a physician and ambulance, but all efforts to restore consciousness to Mrs. McDowall were fruitless, death having resulted almost instantly. The body was carried to the undertaking porlors [sic] of McIver and McKay, where it was prepared for shipment to Gainesville, and will reach this city on the A. C. L. train due to arrive at 4 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Lynch was given medical attention and the parties returned from Ocala last night stated that postmaster Lynch expected to return with her on the early train this morning.
"As soon as the news was received in Gainesville friends notified Mr. John McDowall, who was at Newberry, of the sad occurrence, and he reached the city in the early afternoon, going to the home of his brother, W. S. McDowall, the latter having already departed for Ocala to look after the details connected with the shipment of the remains of his sister-in-law.
"Mrs. McDowall was very popular with a large circle of friends here and the news of her untimely death was received with profound regret by everyone. She is survived by the grief-stricken husband, one daughter, Miss Dorothy, and two young sons, John and Luther, to whom The Sun with thousands of friends, extends sincere condolence in their great loss. No arrangements as to the funeral were announced last night.
"Mr. Whitney Returns
"J. H. Whitney, who was driving the McDowall car, returned to the city at 9:10 o'clock last night, and when asked for a statement, said: 'I can't tell exactly how it happened, but when we reached a point six miles north of Ocala a sapling suddenly crashed through the top of our car, striking Mrs. McDowall, who was seated on my left. We were running between 20 and 25 miles an hour. For a few seconds I knew nothing, but as soon as I regained my senses I realized that a terrible calamity had befallen us. Mr. Younglove had run along side the car I was driving by this time and as soon as I could extricate myself from the mangled cover of the machine we removed Mrs. McDowall to the roadside and did all possible to restore her to life, but it was too late -- she was dead.' The young man clearly shows the ordeal through which he passed, and considers it a miracle that all occupants of the car were not seriously injured."
From the April 6, 1911 issue of the "Gainesville Daily Sun" (page 1, column 2):
"Funeral of Mrs. McDowall Will Be Held at Residence This Afternoon at 3:30 O'Clock
"The remains of Mrs. John W. McDowall, the sad and tragic death of whom was caused through an accident near Ocala Tuesday morning, were brought to Gainesville on the early Atlantic Coast Line train Wednesday, and the funeral will be conducted at her late residence, 301 East Main street N., at 3:30 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon.
"The following pall-bearers have been named [and] arerequested to be at the home at 3:15; W. N. Wilson, W. L. Hill, T. B. Stringfellow, H. L. Hutchinson, Chas. A. Faircloth.
"Interment will be made at Evergreen Cemetery."
From the April 7, 1911 issue of the "Gainesville Daily Sun" (page 1, column 4):
"Funeral of the Late Mrs. John W. McDowall
"One of the saddest funerals ever held in Gainesville was that of Mrs. John W. McDowall, which occurred at her home, 301 East Main street N., Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, and the hundreds who attended the obsequies attested the popularity of the lady who lost her life in the deplorable automobile accident near Ocala Tuesday. The services were conducted by Rev. T. A. Houghton-Burke, rector of the Holy Trinity Episcopal church, of which deceased was a member, and the interment was made at Evergreen Cemetery.
"The deceased is survived by a husband, one daughter, two sons, step-mother, one sister and three brothers. One of the brothers, Mr. Luther Younglove of Freeport, Ill., arrived here shortly after the funeral, having missed railway connections in Jacksonville, coming here by auto.
"Among the relatives who came from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Cassingham, of Coshocton, Ohio, Mrs. Cassingham being the only sister of deceased, and Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McDowall of Astor, Fla., also Mrs. C. H. Girardeau, a sister of Mr. McDowall. The brother residing in Colorado was unable to reach Gainesville for the funeral.
"The floral offerings were many and beautiful, showing the love and esteem in which Mrs. McDowall was held, and whose untimely death cast a gloom over the entire city."