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obit - YOUNG, George B. (1859-1907)

Posted: 1357777188000
Classification: Obituary
Source for obituary
1907 San Francisco Examiner, Thursday, January 3, 1907, page 6

CA Death Index
Young, George B., age 43 years, died 1/1/1907 in Alameda County, CA; state file# 140


1900 U.S. Federal Census
Alameda, Alameda County, California

Young, George B., age 41, born Mar 1859 in Canada, parents born in Canada, immigratred in 1898; occupation: carpenter
Mirlis (Millie) W., wife, age 31, Nov 1868 in Massachusetts; 4 children born and 4 still living
Effie A., dtr, age 14, born Mar 1886 in Massachusetts
George O., son, age 10, born Jul 1889 in California
Percy R., son, age 7, born Mar 1893 in California
Vivian G., dtr. age 2, born May 1898 in California12 children born and 4 still living
Millbury, Lucretia, mother-in-law, age 70, born Oct. 1829 in Canada; parents born in Canada (English), immigrated in 1860
George P, Young of Alameda Dead; Two Men and Two Women Injured

In a collision between an East Fourteenth street car and an automobile at East Fourteenth Street near Ninth Avenue, about 2:20 o'clock this morning, Geo. B. Young, a prominent architect and contractor, residing at 1401 High street, Alameda, was almost instantly killed and four other passengers in the tonneau were seriously injured.

The other occupants of the car were Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Swain and Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Martine. Mrs. Martine was very severely injured and will be confined to a hospital for many weeks.

So sudden was the accident that an explanation has been found difficult. The parties in the automobile were returning from the Young residence in Alameda, where they had enjoyed a card party. The automobile, a Winton was driven by Mr. Young, its owner, and he was taking Mr. and Mrs. Swain to the home of C. J. Corkran at 1528 Eighth Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Martine, who reside across the street from Mr. Young in Alameda, decided to enjoy a ride in the moonlight, and at Mr. Young's invitation went to Oakland with him.

The automobile was speeding along at a good rate and when the collision occurred Young was coming along East Fourteenth Street in a westerly direction. He ran his car between the tracks, the remainder of the street being in an impassable condition, having been torn up for street repairs.

As Young passed Tenth Avenue and started down the grade, he endeavored to run along the north side of the street, but struck a chuck hole and ran back on the street.

When about half way between Tenth and Ninth Avenue, the automobile swerved in front of the westerly bound car No. (unreadable number), of which the motorman WM. H. Memory and the conductor C. D. Ray.

The collision occurred, the car, striking the automobile almost full on. The tonneau was thrown from the car and with it
Mrs. Swain, Mrs. Martine and Mr. Martine, were seated in the rear of the auto.

The body of the auto was cut in tow and Mrs. Swain, she was seated with Mr. Young in the front of the machine, was thrown several feet into the mud. Young, however, was pinioned beneath the car as it overturned and was dragged a distance of 150 feet.

The motorman of the car stopped as soon as possible, but as he was going at a high rate of speed, his car went a hundred feet before coming to a complete stop.

The collision between the auto and the car made such a noise that residents in the vicinity were awakened and rushed out to the assistance of the injured W. F. Sedgpeth, Howard Corning and Frederick Hicks, residing at 461 East Fourteenth Street, directly opposite the scene of the accident, hastily dressed, and when they had reached the street found that the Swains and the Martines were able to care for themselves and so confined their attention to extricating Young from his precarious position. The injured man's head and arms were clear of the wreckage, but the rest of his body was pinioned by the automobile.

The demolished machine was raised by the aid of large timbers which were obtained from a nearby building under course of construction.

It was found that Young was still breathing, but he passed away before medical aid could be summoned. His body was terribly mangled.

Mr. and Mrs. Martine and Mr. and Mrs. Swain were taken into the Sedgpeth residence and physicians were called. About two hours later, after they had been given temporary medical attention, the Martines were removed to their home at Alameda, while the Swains were taken to the Corkran home.

Swain, who is the secretary of the Union Consolidated Mining Company of San Francisco, was in a dazed condition, having sustained severe scalp wounds, and the extent of his injuries are not as yet known. This morning he was still in an unconscious condition and could say nothing of the accident.

Mrs. Swain, although painfully injured, having been bruised when thrown from the automobile, was able to say a few words about the collision. Mrs. Swain said "We were on our way home when the accident occurred. Mr. Young was driving the machine at a good rate of speed. We struck several chuck holes and Mr. Young endeavored to find a clear passage. When we reached Tenth Avenue I looked back and saw that a car was approaching very closely. I said, "That car is very close, Mr. Young. Mr. Young answered that it wouldn't be close very long.”

"The collision then occurred and I know nothing more, having been thrown into the street and dazed."

Mr. and Mrs. Swain had just about completed the furnishing of a home at Fifty-Eighth Street and Shattuck Avenue, in this city, and had been staying with Mr. and Mrs. Corkran, who are relatives. Last night they went to the home of Mr. Young in Alameda to a card party.

As all the Alameda cars had stopped running, Mr. Young agreed to take the Swains home in his automobile.

Residents in the neighborhood say that they thought another earthquake had occurred so great was the noise created by the collision.

Considerable criticism was made concerning the condition of Fourteenth street which has been torn up by the Ransome Construction Company.

Sedgpeth, who was one of the first to aid the injured, had the following to say "The streets are in an almost impassable condition and I believe the accident in a large part was due to the numerous chuck holes which exist in the block between Tenth and Ninth Avenues.

"Evidently Mr. Young, when running his car and desired to keep out of the mud which borders both sides of the tracks. In doing this he misjudged the distance between his machine and the car and was struck."

"I heard the noise made by the crash and rushed to the window to see what was the matter. I saw that an accident had occurred and hurriedly dressed.”

"As I went out of the house Mr. and Mrs. Martine and Mr. and Mrs. Swain were trying to make their way into our house."

"I, together with several others rescued Mr. Young from the wreckage, but he died a few minutes afterward."

Many persons visited the scene of the accident this morning and viewed the wreckage. The automobile was totally destroyed. The street car was also badly damaged, but none of the passengers of the car were injured.

In the collision Mrs. Martine was thrown heavily to the ground, and the extent of her injuries is not yet certain. There is fear that she may be suffering internally, and the physicians in attendance are unable to tell what the outcome may be. She has never regained consciousness since the time of the accident, and is injured about the head.

Martine had a large hole torn in his ankle from a splinter that was driven through his shoe, and is suffering other injuries which are not considered serious.

The dead man, George B. Young, was a resident of this city for ten years.

A short time ago he built a beautiful residence at the corner of Central avenue and High street, where last night a large party of friends saw the old year out and the New Year in.

He is a member of the contracting firm of Young & Cook. He had accumulated quite a fortune during his life time.

He is survived by a widow and four children, Vivian, Essie, Percy and Oscar. Young was a native of Massachusetts and forty-six years old.

Mrs. Young and her children knew nothing of the husband and father's death until told so early this morning by the newspaper men. Mrs. Young is now prostrate at her home, and cannot be seen.

At the Martine home which is opposite the Young residence on the East side of High street, Fr. Maurice Brown is doing all possible to save the life of Mrs. Martine.

Late today it was stated that she was slightly improved, but she is not yet out of danger.
[Oakland Tribune, Tuesday, January 1, 1907, page 1 & 7]
Story of Fatal Crash Retold
Witnesses Testify Concerning Killing of George B. Young at Coroner's Inquest

The tragic tale of how George B. Young met his death at 2:15 o'clock on New Year's morning, when his automobile and an electric car collided on East Fourteenth street, near Tenth Avenue, was retold at the inquest held last night, two of the witnesses being Henry P Martine and Albert P. Swain, who with their wives and Young made up the party in the machine at the time of the fatality. Because of the injuries he received Martine took the witness chair with the assistance o£ crutches and Swain used a cane to relieve a wrenched leg.

Neither Mrs. Martine nor Mrs. Swain appeared at the inquest, as both women are still suffering from the injuries and shock they sustained in the collision.

Mrs. Winnie Young, widow of the deceased, Dr. W. J. Wilcox, Walter Hush, Motorman Harry Memory and Conductor Charles D. Ray were the other witnesses examined. Memory Conductor Charles D. Ray both testified that they saw the trolley car strike the automobile and that the collision could not be prevented.

The jury returned a verdict that Young's death was accidental and exonerated the motorman.

[Oakland Tribune, Saturday, January 5, 1907, page 12]
The widow of George P. Young, the wealthy Alameda contractor who was killed in an automobile accident in East Oakland on New Year's morning, is to bring suit for $25,000 against the construction company that was repairing the streets and left them in such a condition that Young's machine, going into a partly repaired bit of street, swerved and ran in front of the street car. There are said to be plenty of witnesses, who will testify that for night after night the street was left torn up, without any lights being put out to warm the public. There was a newspaper story at the time that Young was racing with a street car. This is not true. He was going at a good clip, and was aiming to turn in ahead of the street car. The excavation threw the machine on the tracks before it had gone for enough past the car for safety.

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