Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Mrs. Henrietta Bevington

The East Liverpool Tribune


Mrs. Henrietta Bevington Met a Tragic Death

Eagerness to Learn of Fire Caused Accident

She Leaned Out Over Banister, Lost Balance and Plunged to the Pavement Below

Mrs. Henrietta Bevington, aged 23, wife of Geo. Bevington, property man of the Ceramic theater, fell 14 feet from a porch at her home, 152 Second street, about 5:30 o'clock Saturday evening (Mar. 24, 1906), alighting on her head and sustaining injuries that cause death two hours later. She never regained consciousness after the fall.

Quite a number of persons witnessed the young woman's tragic death. John Grafton and Pete Zoellers picked the unconscious woman up and carried her to the Taylor hospital where she was attended by Dr. Taylor, the h0spital surgeon, and D. J. Howard Davis.

The physicians administered heart stimulants and attempted to stop the cerebral hemorrhages, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The patient died without a sound escaping her lips. At her bedside in the private room when the end came were the bereaved husband and other close relatives.

Her heavy head of hair probably prevented the skull being fractured. Although every effort was made by the physicians to prolong life, they realized that death could not be averted. The young husband is heartbroken overt the tragic affair. They had been married only two years and had lived very happily together.

Mrs. Bevington was the only daughter of Mrs. Gilmore, who lives a short distance from the home of her daughter. The mother was called to Dubois, Pa., three weeks ago to nurse a child of her sister which fell from a three story building. She was telegraphed for Saturday night and arrived here on the midnight train.

Mr. Bevington occupied with his wife rooms on the second floor of the Wilkinson property, which is situated between the east Liverpool drug company's store and the Tal McCain saloon. A small porch with a three foot banister is on the front of the building and it was over this banister that the woman fell.

The accident happened just at the time the fire bell sounded. Mrs. Bevington heard the alarm and stepped out on the porch to learn where the fire was. She saw two boys hurrying by and leaned over the banister to hail them. This act cost her her life for she lost her balance and fell to the pavement below.

It was not until a half hour later when Mr. Bevington came home for his supper, that he learned of the frightful accident to his wife. Friends had made an effort to locate him but he could not be found. Bevington hurried to the hospital and remained at his wife's bedside until she died.

The body was removed from the hospital to the home of Mr. Bevington's sister, Mrs. Thomas Taylor, 149 Ridgeway avenue. The funeral arrangements had not been completed last night.

Mrs. Bevington was very well known and her sudden death was greatly deplored by her many friends. The bereaved husband is a son of mailcarrier Bevington, and he has the sympathy of the entire community in his deep sorry.

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