Ballard, George W. W. (December 27, 1911 - May 27, 1934)


Accident on the Highway Early Sunday Morning

Douglas Budget - May 31, 1934

George W. Ballard, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam A. Ballard, was fatally injured early Sunday morning on the Gillette highway, when he was struck by a car driven by Miss Odea McCoubrey. He died a few hours later at the Douglas hospital.

Ballard, in company with six other young men, left Douglas shortly after midnight to attend the dance at the Walker Creek community hall. About three miles out the car was stopped, as approaching cars seemed to indicate that the dance at Walker Creek was over. Ballard attempted to flag the first one, but stepped too far into the road and was struck by the car. The car belonged to R.R. Larsen, but was being driven by Miss McCoubrey. She said she was going not over 30 miles an hour and applied the brakes as quickly as she could, but that there was no chance for her to stop after she had seen Ballard. The injured man was placed in the Larsen car and brought to the Douglas hospital, death occurring a few hours later.

In the absence of Coroner Hofmann, Justic A.R. Merritt empannelled a jury Sunday morning and held an inquest. The facts were brought out as stated and Miss McCoubrey was exonerated of any blame for the accident.

George was born in Douglas December 27, 1911, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Ballard. He was educated in the Douglas schools and was prominent in the athletic activities of the high school. Besides his parents he i survived by two brothers, Sam and Ralph, and a sister, Mrs. Clarence Clark.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J.W. Falconer being the officiating minister. Burial was in Douglas cemetery.


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