Fast train kills Evanston woman at Elm st. crossing [Mrs. Charles Wilbur Hess]
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 11 Mar 1927, p. 53

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Mrs. Charles Wilbur Hess, age 53, of 1225 Forest avenue, Evanston, was instantly killed at the Elm street crossing in Winnetka, Saturday afternoon of last week when struck by the south bound limited train, No. 210, from Milwaukee to Chicago. The accident occurred at 3:45 o'clock.

Mrs. Hess had just left a north bound train and was hurrying across the track to board the on-coming train, which, however, is not scheduled to stop in Winnetka. She was returning from Chicago and for some reason did not leave the train at the Davis street station in Evanston.

The body was removed to Jordan's undertaking parlors, 612 Davis street, Evanston, where the corner's [sic] inquest, set for Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, was continued until March 16. Mr. Hess, the husband, was unable to attend, being confined to his bed, from the shock resulting from the tragic death of his wife.

Mrs. Hess was a daughter of John K. Harmon one of the founders of Marshall Field & Co. Besides her husband and father, a brother, Fred H. Harmon, who lives at the Hess home, and two sisters, Mrs. William MacIlvain, 1100 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago and Mrs. Charles Loughridge, of Denver, Colo., survive.

She was a member of the Chicago Woman's club, the Evanston Woman's club, Chicago Woman's Athletic club, the Country club of Evanston, a member of the board of the Illinois Children's Home and Aid society, and of the Providence Day Nursery, and several golf clubs.

Additional to her charity and club activities, Mrs. Hess was also active in the Woman's guild of St. Mark's Episcopal church, and member of other of the church organizations.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at St. Mark's Episcopal church. Burial was at Graceland cemetery.

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Genealogical Resource
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Death notices
Date of Publication:
11 Mar 1927
Personal Name(s):
Harmon, Fred ; Harmon, John ; Hess, Charles Mrs. ; Loughridge, Charles Mrs. ; MacIlvain, William Mrs.
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Fast train kills Evanston woman at Elm st. crossing [Mrs. Charles Wilbur Hess]