Davies, Mary Ellen (February 9, 1938 - August, 1954)

YOUNG DOUGLAS GIRL KILLED IN

AUTO ACCIDENT

Douglas Enterprise - August, 1954

Mary Ellen Davies, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Davies, was instantly killed in a one-car accident about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning on the Gillette highway about 10 miles north of town.

Miss Davies along with Juanita Wyatt, 14, and Melburn J. Larsen, 25, were passengers in an auto driven by Geo. C. Smith, about 22.

According to information pieced together the two couples had been to a dance at Bill and were en route home when the accident happened. The auto was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control on a long downhill curve. The car traveled approximately 200 feet in the bar pit, then apparently hit an obstruction and traveled some 42 feet through the air, then turned end over end, coming to rest on its top. The car was completely demolished.

Carl Hageman and Billy Dixon brought the survivors to town where all were hospitalized. Smith sustained cuts and bruises, Miss Wyatt, a bad cut over one eye and other cuts and bruises, and Larsen a fractured shoulder and cuts and bruises.

Smith was discharged from the hospital Monday morning and was immediately lodged in jail with reckless driving and speeding. He is now free on bond until his trial Aug. 31. Miss Wyatt was discharged from the hospital yesterday and Larsen is expected to be discharged today.

Mary Ellen Davies was born Feb. 9, 1938 at Glenrock, the daughter of Walter and Edna Davies. She moved with her family to Douglas when a small girl and made her home here until the time of her death. She was a member of the Methodist church and was very active in Bethel No. 1, Job's Daughters. She was very popular with the younger set who join with her family in mourning her.

Survivors include her parents; three brothers, Charles, Melvin and Erwin, all of the family home, and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Conlogue. One brother, Harry, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. A. Ray Henry officiating. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Fotes, Harry Stoner, Graham Dameron, Jim Hanlin, Buddy Horr and Jim Thurmond.

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