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Weymouth, Ernest Dennett 1901-1906

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Pacific Grove Review, CA June 1, 1906
Killed by Wagon
Emmet Dennett Weymouth, the little five year old son of Mr. & Mrs. H.L. Weymouth, was run over by a loaded gravel wagon near the gravel pit in the P.I. Company’s forest at 11:30 Tuesday morning, and almost instantly killed. The little fellow had jumped on the wagon to get a ride home and was jolted from the wagon by the striking of the wheel against a small stump in the rough wood road which leads from the Drive to the gravel pit. The driver at once carried the boy to the lodge at the entrance of the 17 mile drive, but it was too late to do anything for him. Frank N. Laird, the driver of the wagon from which the boy fell, is employed by Johnston Bros., who have several teams in use hauling gravel upon the city streets. Although he is in no way to blame for the accident, he is terribly affected by it. The team which Mr. Laird drives is kept with the other teams at a stable near the Weymouth home, and the boys of that neighborhood are constantly about the barn and know the drivers by sight. Whenever they meet one of the wagons, it is a custom with them to beg for a ride home or to clamber upon the wagon without asking. Little Emmet had already made one trip with Mr. Laird, getting upon the wagon near the Post office and riding out to the pit and back, Mr. Laird was unloading the wagon near T.A. Work Company’s Feed store, when the little fellow came running up again, and asked him where he was going. Laird answered that he was goin out to the pit for another load whereupon Emmet said that he would ride with him until he went to dinner. Mr. Laird told him that he could not go and sent him away. He then put his wagon together and drove up Forest avenue. At Laurel avenue, the little boy came running after the wagon and clambered n. In spite of the driver’s advice that he should go home, he stayed in the wagon and went out to the gravel pit. When Mr. Laird started from the pit with the loaded wagon, he says that he did not notice whether the boy was on the wagon or not. About one hundred yards from the pit, the road makes a descent toward the Drive. Upon reaching this point, Laird turned to reach for the brake rope and noticed that the boy was on the side of the wagon. Just then the wheel bumped over a small stump in the roadway, and he caught a glmpse of the boy’s feet as he fell. He immediately let the team go and jumped from the wagon. Picking the boy up tenderly, he sent little George Scott, who had been riding on the reach of the wagon, to the Forest Lodge for assistance. He then took the boy to the Lodge, but life was already extinct. Little five year old George Scott, son of H.E. Scott, was the only witness of the accident. He says that Emmet was kneeling on the gravel in the wagon, and fell over and out when the jolt came. An inquest was held in Judge Pell’s court at 2 p.m., and the jury exonerated Mr. Laird from any responsibility. They recommended that all drivers absolutely prohibit small boys from riding on wagons in the future. While Mr. & Mrs. Weymouth are prostrated over the loss of their son, they do not in the least blame Mr. Laird. The body will be shipped on Thursday to Livermore, where it will be interred in the family plot. Mr. & Mrs. Weymouth have the heart-felt sympathy of all in this terrible misfortune.
Mr. & Mrs. B.L. Weymouth went up to Livermore on Thursday morning with the remains of their little son, Emmet. The funeral services will be held in that city and the body will be laid to rest in the family plot.
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