Etc. -- Mary Maud (Challand) Culver's 1917 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article from the 9 Aug 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Fatal Auto Accident

Mrs. Maude Culver, widow of Mr. Albert A. Culver, merchant, of Simcoe, who died last March, lost her life instantly through being struck by an automobile on Monday afternoon about four o'clock.

Mrs. Culver left on Sunday morning with her cousin, Arthur D. Austin, of the firm Austin and Kellam of Simcoe, in his automobile for Buffalo. There were also in the party Mrs. Culver's younger son, Lloyd, and 
Mr. Austin's son, Clarence.

They had breakfast in Hamilton with Mrs. Ida Key, a sister of 
Mrs. Culver, who accompanied them on to Buffalo, where all 
visited with another sister of Mrs. Culver, Mrs. W. Frank Carl.

The following afternoon the party started on the return journey, and were running along the boulevard from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, when a tire was punctured. This was just north of Johnsburg, near North Tonawanda.

While the tire was being repaired the women went across the boulevard to sit down in the shade of a tree. Called back by Mr. Austin when he was ready to start, Mrs. Culver was struck by a big touring car going toward Buffalo.

It is said it was being driven by Irving Cannon of Niagara Falls, who was accompanied by one person, a woman. Mr. Austin says the car was running at least 35 miles an hour. He thinks Mrs. Culver must have become confused by the rapid approach of the car and indecisively hesitated whether to run on or return.

She was struck very violently and it was 35 paces from the point of contact to where her body lay when he reached it. The unfortunate woman gave two short gasps as Mr. Austin got to her side, and then was dead.

A coroner was notified but he did not consider an inquest necessary.

The body was taken to an undertaking establishment in Tonawanda, and from there brought on Tuesday morning's Wabash express to Simcoe.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon to Oakwood Cemetery. Beside the relatives mentioned above there is an elder son, Lea, 17, a sister, Mrs. Austin of Detroit, and a brother, Charles Challand, the well-known Woodhouse farmer.

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