A Runaway Accident
Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa July 13, 1897 Accessed through Newspapers.com, March 21, 2020
Miss Mamie Gearen Suffers Serious Injuries – Her Father Sustains Cuts and Bruises.
Miss Mamie Gearen of 1231 Iowa street, was seriously injured in a runaway accident which occurred Sunday evening. P. Gearen, her father, sustained several cuts and bruises on the face. The horse was badly cut and the buggy was demolished.
Mr. Gearen and his daughter had been driving in Morning Side (Park?) and had returned to the house for a wrap for the young woman. Both got out of the buggy and Miss Gearen went into the house for her wrap. She returned and got into the buggy . Her father untied the horse, but before he could get into the buggy the animal started down Iowa street. Mr. Gearen had hold of the reins and was dragged for about 130 feet in his efforts to stop the horse. As the runaway animal turned into Thirteenth street he was compelled to let go his hold on the lines. The animal dashed up Thirteenth street and turned down Court street. As it turned the corner it struck a curb (unreadable) and Miss Gearen was thrown from the buggy to the ground. The horse kept up its run until it got tangled up in some old old iron on Fifth Street near the old skating rink.
Miss Gearen was rendered unconscious by her fall to the ground. She sustained a severe cut in one of her arms, which was sewed up by physicians who were called. Other bruises were sustained and her face was badly cut. It is feared that internal injuries were sustained and that the accident might result seriously. She is suffering from the shock of the accident and is confined to her bed. Mr. Gearen escaped injury with a few painful scratches and bruises. He was able to be around today.
The horse which ran away was a young animal and had not been driven a great deal. It is high strung and does not like to stand. It suffered several cuts and bruises but none of them were of a serious nature. The buggy was badly broken after the long run behind the frightened animal.
Mayme's obituary was in the Sioux City Journal in 1935.
|Private Collection of Jim Gearen|
|Marshalltown, Iowa 16 Aug 1912|
CAR HITS TWO; DRIVER HELD
Mrs. Alfred Mathieson, 109 Ross street.
Wagner was arrested on the charge of reckless driving and was placed under a $500 bond to appeal this morning in the police court. His bond was signed by Otto Longseth, a Sioux City druggist.
Engrossed in this accident, Mr. Wagner did not notice Mr. Gearen in front of the car and the next instant Gearen, too, had been knocked down. Then Wagner stopped the car.
Mr. Gearen was taken into a doctor’s office in the Iowa building and later was removed to his home. He was bruised about the head and shoulders, and internal injuries are possible.
Mrs. Mathieson arose alone and was assisted to the basement rooms of the Davis Typewriter company. She was bruised on the left side. After an hour she was taken to her home in Wagner’s car. It is not thought her injuries are serious.
Widely Known Businessman Expires After Protracted Illness
Mr. Gearen was a member of Epiphany Council, Knights of Columbus.
The father, Patrick Gearen, a sister Theresa, and a brother, Thomas H. Gearen, reside in Sioux City. Another sister Mary, resides at Barnum, Ia., and a brother Joseph Gearen, resides at Chicago.
The next clipping describes very simply one of the first family history stories I ever heard. The headline is not exactly correct, but it conveys the unfortunate and very sad coincidence of the deaths of Patrick and James.
Nebraska State Journal
GRIEF STRICKEN FATHER IS DEAD
Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa 29 Jan 1923, Page 1
Stricken by grief over the death of his son, James E. Gearen, Patrick Gearen, 85 years old, died Sunday morning at his son’s home, 2014 Nebraska street, exactly 24 hours after the younger man had expired. Death in both cases occurred at 10 o’clock.
Mr. Gearen who was apparently hale and hearty despite his age, arose Sunday morning and attended mass at the cathedral at 8:30 o’clock. Returning home after mass, the aged man was waiting for his breakfast when the end came suddenly.
While talking with friends Saturday evening, Mr. Gearen referred to the death of his son that morning and said that he wished he had been called in place of James.
Mr. Gearen has made his residence in Sioux City for the greater part of the past 36 years, and for the past eight years has made his home with his son at the residence in Nebraska street. He was born in Ireland and came to America when he was about 10 years old, settling first in Chicago.
Two sons, Joseph P. Gearen, of Chicago, Ill., and Thomas H. Gearen, of Sioux City, survive Mr. Gearen. He is also survived by two daughters. They are Miss Mary Gearen of Barnum, Iowa., and Miss Theresa Gearen of Sioux City. Besides sons and daughters he is survived by 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Last Rites Tuesday
Double funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, at St. Joseph’s church. Rev.A. E. Zimmerman celebrating the solemn requiem high mass. He will be assisted in the sanctuary by R. J.L. Cooper of St. Michael’s church in Leeds, and Rev. J. Walsh. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery.
The above article mentions the other two sons of Patrick Gearen (his son John F. Gearen, who headed a plumbing business) had died some time before. I believe Tom Gearen was also a plumber in that business and Joseph Gearen of Chicago was a professional musician!).
FATHER AND SON ARE LAID TO REST
Double Ceremony Is Held at St. Joseph’s Church-Burial in Mausoleum
Side by side in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary cemetery the stilled forms of James E. Gearen, son, and Patrick Gearen, father, were laid in their final resting place Tuesday morning.
Within the short space of a few hours the son, a victim of a lingering illness, was joined by the grief stricken father.
The son, a widely known Sioux City businessman, died Saturday. The aged father, although apparently hale and hearty, died suddenly Sunday morning.
A double funeral ceremony was held this morning at 9 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, Rev. J. L. Fitzpatrick, of Barnum, Ia., celebrating solemn requiem high mass. Rev. A. Cooper, of St. Michael’s church of Leeds was sub-deacon. A. E. Zimmerman was deacon. Rev. J. L. Cooper, of St. Michael’s church of Leeds, was sub-deacon, and Rev. T.J. McCarty was master of ceremonies.
In the sanctuary were Bishop Heelan and Rev. P.T. Mason of LeMars, Iowa, Rev. J.P.Finnegan of Early, Ia., was chaplain. Rev. J. Sullivan of Hawarden, Ia., and Rev. J. Walsh of St. Joseph church, Sioux City, also were present.
Pallbearers for James Gearen were R. H. Greer, Leo Marolf, F. E. Comer, M. J. Orr, J. A. Walsh, and T. H Sullivan. Patrick Fitzpatrick, M.J. Lynch, George Griffin, M.J. Nolan, J.P. Coyle and P. J. Donahue were pallbearers for Patrick Gearen.
This is one of the articles which describes Rev. J. L. Fitzpatrick as the celebrant and also lists his brother Patrick Fitzpatrick, a bachelor of about 67 years old at the time. Their parents were Jeremiah Fitzpatrick and Kathryn (or Catherine) Collins. Hopefully some other genealogist will provide more clues or the full connection to Rev. J.L. and his brother Patrick Fitzpatrick. I'll keep searching.