Generation No. 1

1.  Mollie Lee Samuel, born December 07, 1899 in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO; died January 07, 1917 in Cox Crossing, Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  She was the daughter of Leroy Samuel, Jr. and Ann Elizabeth Dalton.

Notes for Mollie Lee Samuel:

Mollie was killed on January 17, 1917 when the Model-T car that she was riding in with Elmer and Lois Tate was caught by a fast passenger train and demolished at Cox Crossing, Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  She was killed instantly1)CC: This is actually not correct, as shown by the article below.  Elmer and Lois Samuel Tate were not expected to survive either.  They were at the home of Mr. John Cox for four weeks while recovering. Elmer’s father, Robert William Tate, came and took Lois and Elmer to his home.  Elmer was on crutches for approximately one year.

Newspaper clipping:



Palmyra, Mo., Jan 8.  Miss Mollie Samuels, 16 years old, who lives eight miles northwest of this city is dead, and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tate, six miles north of Palmyra, are seriously injured as the result of a collision here at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when the automobile in which they were riding collided with a C. B. & O. passenger train.

The accident occurred at the Cox crossing in the west end of town. Mr. and Mrs. Tate and Miss Samuels were driving from the Tate home to the Samuels home and from stories told by John Frohn, who resides near the crossing, and Steve Rogers, who resides one block away, the probabilities are Tate lost control of the car when he slowed down to avoid a mud hole.

Both men saw the accident from their home.  They tell practically the same story.  The automobile was on the crossing, when the engine, headed for Quincy, struck the automobile on the side near the front end and hurled the car into the air, turned it over several times, and then dumped it in a heap after having carried it about 16 feet on the cow catcher.

Occupants Unconscious

The occupants of the automobile were buried beneath the car and were unconscious when removed from the wreck to the home of William Cox nearby.  Later Mr. and Mrs. Tate regained consciousness, but Miss Samuels failed to rally and died within half an hour.  She never spoke a word after the accident.

Mr. Tate suffered a broken and a broken leg, and other injuries, the extent of which are not known. Mrs. Tate’s breast was crushed and she is otherwise internally bruised, but the extent of her injuries are not known. It is thought, however, they will recover, but it is probable that not for a day or two will their condition be known.

Mr. and Mrs. Tate, who were married only about two months ago, reside with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tate.

The victim was the daughter of Lee Samuels living 6 miles from Palmyra.  The funeral was held at the home of W. P. Johnson this morning at 10 o’clock. Internment at Emerson.

Provided by Kathy Tate

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1. CC: This is actually not correct, as shown by the article below