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Surnames: Duncan, Chapin, Bain
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Thursday, June 25, 1914
One Dead Two Injured
Train Strikes Auto Containing Three Children --- One Dies as Result of Injuries –
Two Will Recover
A distressing accident occurred Sunday afternoon about one thirty at the Seventh Street
crossing of the Oregon Short Line in Payette, when an extra passenger train struck an
automobile injuring one of the occupants so severely as to cause his death Monday and
seriously but not fatally injuring the other two occupants.
Howard Bain aged sixteen, Lena Chapin aged fourteen and Howard Duncan, aged fourteen were
the occupants of the car, young Bain being at the wheel driving.
They drove up ninth street and at the corner of Seventh Avenue North turned west to cross
the track. At the same time a freight train headed west was coming slowly down the
passing track but stopped just in the clear of the main line switch. It is believed that
the young people intent upon watching the freight did not know the passenger train was
approaching from the west and no doubt presumed that the ringing of the crossing bell was
being caused by the freight train.
At any rate they slowed up slightly when the freight train was moving but when it stopped
attempted to drive over the crossing and were hit by the passenger train. The car was
carried by the pilot of the engine some two blocks before the train could be stopped the
occupants all being thrown from the auto onto the platform of the pilot.
Miss Chapin and Harold Bain were severely bruised and unconscious when picked up but
regained consciousness shortly afterward and will recover. Howard Duncan had both ankles
broken and suffered a fracture of the skull. He died about three o’clock Monday afternoon
never regaining consciousness.
Howard Duncan At Rest
The funeral services of Howard Duncan were held at the Methodist church on Wednesday
afternoon at 2:30. The church was crowded by those who paid their last respects to the
manly little fellow who met his death in so tragic a manner. Many beautiful floral
emblems attested the love in which this lad was held. The remains were laid to rest in