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Priest, Phoebe B.

Phoebe B. Priest
Jan. 14, 1841-Nov. 29, 1912


Niles Daily Sun, Friday, November 29, 1912, page 1, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library

AGED WOMAN KILLED BY FALL DOWN A STAIRWAY

Miss Phoebe Priest, aged 72, sister of John Priest, victim of fatality


WAS MOVING IN TODAY

Accident occurred at noon. Death ensued at 4 this afternoon

 

Miss Phoebe Priest, a maiden lady and a sister of John Priest, fell down a flight of stairs at noon today at the house on east Regent street into which the Priest family were moving today from their Howard township farm.

Miss Priest's injuries were very serious and at last accounts she was  still unconscious.

Dr. Giddings was called.

The nature of her injuries were not determined but there is believed to be a fracture of the skull and perhaps internal injuries as a result of her terrible fall headlong down the stairway.

Unfamiliarity with the house is assigned as a cause for Miss Priest losing her footing.

The moving of this well known family to town has been attended by mishaps.

A few weeks ago while  getting ready . . .[illegible] . .horse and his injuries delayed the moving to Niles.

Miss Priest is 72 years of age.

At 3:45 this afternoon Miss Priest had not regained consciousness.

Miss Priest Dead

Miss Priest passed away at 4 o'clock this afternoon without regaining consciousness.


Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 29, 1912, page 1, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

SUDDEN DEATH PHOEBE PRIEST

FELL BACKWARD DOWN A STAIRWAY

HER SKULL WAS FRACTURED

Most Deplorable Accident--Family Moved Into New Purchase in Niles This Forenoon--Well Known

 

One of the most frightful and deplorable accidents which ever occurred, was that happening to Miss Phoebe Priest today.

The Priests, for 48 years residents of four miles east of here, recently sold their farm and purchased property at 1310 Regent street, this city.

They moved into their new purchase this morning.

Miss Phoebe Priest, aged 72, while arranging the house, fell backward down a stairway at about 1 o'clock this afternoon and fractured her skull.

She passed away three hours later, being unconscious from the time of accident until death.

Deceased was born in Niles.  She was a lovable woman, without an enemy. John Priest and Miss Libbie Priest, brother and sister, survive.

Funeral arrangements later.


Niles Daily Star, Monday, December 2, 1912, page 4, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library


Funeral services for Miss Phoebe Priest were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house, 1310 Regent street.  Rev. R.A. Wright of the M.E. church officiated. Many sorrowing friends were present.  Interment was at Silver Brook cemetery.