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Mineral Daily News (Keyser, WV)-


Abe Harmon Meets Death on Grade Crossing Short Distance from His Home-

Cumberland, Md., Feb. 23 - Abe Harmon, 65 years old, a farmer living near Oldtown, Md., was instantly killed about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon when the team which he was driving was struck by Western Maryland Passenger train No. 2, on a grade crossing a short distance west of Oldtown. Harmon was hurled several hundred feet by the force of the collision, which demolished the wagon and killed one of the horses.

There is a clear view of the tracks for a long distance on each side of the crossing. County Coroner Joseph B. Finan went to the scene of the accident yesterday afternoon and it is his opinion that the man drove on the tracks without noticing where he was or the approaching train."

Cumberland (MD) Newspaper-


Elderly Farmer Evidently Failed to Hear Train's Approach. Body Taken to Oldtown.

The body of Abraham Harmon, 68 years old, who was killed Thursday afternoon on a Western Maryland grade crossing near Oldtown by an eastbound passenger train, was brought to Cumberland last night, prepared for burial and taken to his home in Oldtown at noon today.

He is survived by his wife and the followings sons; Monte Harmon, Flintstone, Md.; Omar Harmon, Murley's Branch, Md.; Owen Harmon, Gray, W. Va.; Clarence Harmon, Davis, W. Va.; C. H. Harmon, Oldtown, and one daughter, Mrs. William Lope, Gilpin, Md.

He was a former resident of Pendleton county, W. Va., but had lived near Oldtown in the last five years, where he was engaged in farming.

Indications are that Harmon, who was sitting in a chair in his wagon, drawn by a two horse team, was wearing a heavy cap pulled down over his ears on account of the cold weather. Evidently he did not hear or see the approach of the train. The team was on the track and was shoved aside by the passenger engine, Harmon was thrown from his seat and his neck broken. He was not hit by the engine. One of the horses was killed. The other animal was hurled aside, escaping death. Harmon's body was found a few feet away beside the dead horse. The tongue of the wagon was snapped off.

Those near the scene of the accident say there was a good view of the crossing, especially in the direction of the train. It is also thought Harmon believed he could cross over in safety.

The passenger train known as No. 2 for Hagerstown and Baltimore, left Cumberland at 12:15 yesterday afternoon and was in charge of Conductor Carroll and Engineman Hollenslade. The engineman shut off and applied his brakes but could ot avoid hitting the team."

Pendleton Times (Franklin, WV)-


Abe Harmon 65 years old, a farmer living near Oldtown, was instantly killed about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when the team which he was driving was struck by Western Maryland Passenger rain No 2, on a grade crossing a short distance west of Oldtown. Harmon was hurled several hundred feet by the force of the colliison, which also demolished the wagon and killed one of the horses.

County Coroner Joseph R. Finan went to the scene of the accident yesterday afternoon, and it is his opinion that the man was in a deep study and drove on the tracks with out noticing where he was or the approaching train. There is a clear view of the tracks for a long distance on each side of the crossing.

Train No. 2 left Cumberland for Baltimore at 12:15 p.m. yesterday and was running on schedule time when the accident occurred. The train was in charge of Conductor Carroll and Engineer Hallenshade both of Baltimore-Cumberland Daily News."

Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, November 21, 1940-

"Mrs. Caroline McDonald Harman, 85, widow of the late Abraham Harman, died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Lough, Gilpintown, with whom she had lived the past year.

Besides Mrs. Lough, she is survived by four sons, Clarence, Davis, W. Va.; Omar, Cresaptown; Owen, Cumberland, and Montie, Hibbits, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Gettie Cooper, Harman, W. Va.; 35 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren."

Cumberland (MD) Newspaper, December 6, 1921-

"The funeral of Mrs. Clara Bible, 44 years old , wife of Jobe Bible, living below Spring Gap, who died Sunday, took place yesterday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church at Frankfort, W. Va. Burial was made in the church cemetery. Mrs. Bible leaves a husband and four children."

Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, November 28, 1945-

"Plan Inquest Into Death Of Oldtown Man.

Jobe Bible, 75, Dies in Allegany Hospital As Result of Accident Injuries.

An inquest in the death of Jobe Bible, 75, of Oldtown, who died last night at 10:?0 in Allegany Hospital as a result of injuries suffered late Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a car on Valley Road, will be held this afternoon in the state's attorney's office, accoding to County Investigator Terrence J. Boyle.

Charges against the driver, Arnold Davis, of Bowman's Addition, who took Bible to the hospital, are pending, according to state police.

Dr. Linne H. Corson, deputy county medical examiner, examined the body this morning and reported that Bible suffered a fractured right leg, internal abdominal injuries, a large laceration on the back of his head and multiple body lacerations in the accident.

Hospital attendants said Davis told them the elderly man barely escaped being struck by a car approaching in the opposite direction before he hit him. Bible was in the middle of the road, he added Trooper Harry Holsinger investigated.

Mr. Bible was a native of Franklin, Pendleton county, W. Va. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herman Rice, of Iron's Mountain, to whose home the body was taken this afternoon; three sons, Russell Bible, Cresaptown; Austin and Frank Bible, both of Cumberland; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren."

Cumberland (MD) Times-


Arnold Davis, Bowman's Addition, Exonerated in Death of Jobe Bible, 75, On Highway.

Arnold Davis, 47, of Bowman's Addition, was found not guilty this morning in Trial Magistrates' Court on a charge of manslaughter, in the death of Jobe Bible, 75, of Oldtown, last Saturday night when he was struck by Davis' car on the Valley Road.

Bible died in Allegany Hospital Tuesday night and Dr. Linnne H. ?orson, deputy county medical examiner, said death was caused by shock and possible internal injuries. He also suffered a fractured right leg and lacerations of the body.


According to Harley Chaney, Valley Road, he was driving north on the highway and saw Bible walking near the center of the road and Davis' car was headed toward Cumberland. Both cars were about 100 feet from Bible. Chaney testified that Bible started toward the left hand side of the road and that Davis swerved his machine away from the elderly man but that the right headlight and fender struck him.

Davis testified that he was driving about 20 miles an hour and did not see Bible until he was practically "on top of him." He was able to stop his car within a car length and Chaney corroborated his testimony concerning the speed of the car.


Davis took Bible to the hospital in his car and waited to give a report to State Trooper Harry Holsinger at the hospital, Chaney helped place the injured man in Davis' machine. When Bible was questioned at the hospital last Saturday night he told Trooper Holsinger that he was "just walking around" at the time of the accident.

Davis' wife and daughter, Betty, and Wanda Cage, riding in the machine, told the court the same story which Davis and Chaney had recited. Magistrate Oliver H. Bruce, ??, in handing down a verdict of not guilty, stated that no gross negligence was involved in the case after hearing the testimony. The state's case was presented by County Investigator Terrence J. Boyle."

Grant County (WV) Press, July 24, 1903, Mouth of Seneca-

"Julius Harman died in Davis on the morning of July 14th, with flux. He was a bright young man, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Harman, who formerly lived near here. His many friends and relatives are sorry to hear of his sad and unexpected death."

Pendleton Times (Franklin, WV) - Mrs Walter Harman-

"Mrs. Harman Dies On February 25.

We are sorry indeed to have to report the death of Mrs. Fanny Bertha Harman. She was born at Macksville October 17, 1883, and fell to sleep in Jesus February 25, 1954. She was the daughter of Elijah and Phoebe Jane Harper, of Harman.

She spent the major part of her life in the Mouth of Seneca community at the place of her birth. We were very much worried when we heard of her illness and how we are filled with sorrow and deep regret at her passing. It is hard to attempt to put a picture of real life in the paper. We see sunlight and quiet silvery waters and the fresh perfection of spring flowers. She was of a quiet unassuming manner.

Her deep sympathy for everyone, her faithful devotion to her family, loved ones, church and Sunday School were among her most splendid attributes.

In her death the links of friendship and bands of love have been broken. Yet we rejoice to know she was ready to go to the home of the pure. It is comforting our deep grief to know when she laid down her life's work here she went to live in the "Eternal City." We are taught death is not the end of all our thousand hopes and aspirations.

The light of life is but quenched for a moment then to be relit and burn forever.

She had been ill for quite some time suffering with complications and was tenderly nursed and cared for by her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Yokum, and assisted during her past period of illness by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dunmire.

Dr. J. S. Butcher was the attending physician previous to and after her return from the hospital, and everything was done that tender nursing and medical care could do to restore her to health again.

In 1906 she was united in marriage to Walter Harman and to this union was born one son and both passed away in 1910. She was a lifelong and consistent member of the High Rock EUB Church and attended Sunday School and church services regularly as long as her health permitted.

Funeral services were conducted from the home by her pastor, the Rev. George Thomas, Sunday, February 28, and he delivered a very impressive message that was well received by the large audience. Her favorite and very appropriate songs were rendered by the S. P. Harman family, of Harman. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground on the hill overlooking her old home.

She is survived by one brother, M. L. Harman, at home' six nieces and three nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

The large crowd present attested to her popularity. We take this opportunity to express our deepest sympathy to those nearest and dearest to her.

The flower offering was profuse and beautiful. The funeral was in charge of Brown Funeral Service, of Franklin. Katinka"

Grant County (WV) Press, February 18, 1910-

"The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Harman Saturday night of last week and took Haskel, their only child, aged two years. He was taken sick several weeks ago and all that medical skill and loving hands could do to save his life was done and he seemed to go off in a peaceful slumber, but it was the sleep that knows no waking and at 12 o'clock Saturday night the spirit took it's flight to the God who gave it. Haskel was a bright and beautiful child and will be sadly missed in the home where his short life was spent. The grief stricken parents are broken hearted to think they must part with baby, but some sweet day they can meet him where there are no sickness, pain or death. May they trust in Him who hath said, "Of such is the kingdom of Heaven". A Friend"

Cumberland (MD) Evening Times-

"Owen Harmon, 65, of Flintstone, died yesterday in the Baker VA Center, Martinsburg, W. Va.

Born in Pendleton County, W. Va., he was a son of the late Abraham and Caroline (McDonald) Harmon. He was a veteran of World War I and held membership in Henry Hart Post 1411, Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Mrs. Annie (Swisher) Harmon preceded him in death.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. William P. Lough, Flintstone, with whom he resided, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The body will be at the Hafer Funeral Home after 10 a.m. tomorrow and services will be conducted there at 10 a.m. Sunday by Rev. Walter M. Twigg. Interment will be in the Bucy family cemetery near Flintstone, where military honors will be accorded by Henry Hart Post and Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion."

Cumberland (MD) Evening Times-

"Services for Owen Harmon, 65, of Flintstone, who died Thursday in the Baker VA Center, Martinsburg, W. Va., will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at the Hafer Funeral Home. Rev. Walter M. Twigg will officiate and interment will be in the Bucy family cemetery near Flintstone where military honors will be accorded by Henry Hart Post 1411, VFW, and Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion."

Cumberland (MD) Evening Times-

"Mrs. Anna Harmon, 49, wife of Owen Harmon, Route 3, Williams Road, died at 12:30 p.m. today at Allegany Hospital where she was admitted January 25."

Cumberland Evening Times-

"Services will be held at the Hafer Funeral Home tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Annie L. (Swisher) Harman, 49, wife of Owen Harman, Route 2, Williams Road, who died yesterday afternoon in Allegany Hospital after having been ill a month.

The Rev. (can't read the rest of this line), pastor of First Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will be in Bucy cemetery.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Harman is survived by her father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor F. Swisher, Cumberland; a sister, Mrs. Peter Reichert, Cumberland, and a brother, Howard T. Swisher, also of this city."

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