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Obituaries - Biddington

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b. February 1818
d. October 7, 1898
a. 80 yrs. 9 ms.

Notice of Mrs. Biddington's death and funeral also located in SJE.

b. February 19, 1906
d. July 9, 1934
a. 28

“Investigate Death of Frank Biddington. Frostburg Man Killed When Runaway Automobile Hits Guardrail on Highway. An inquest was scheduled to be held at 8 o’clock tonight by the County Coroner into the death of Frank Biddington, 28 years old, who was instantly killed late last night when hurled from a wrecked automobile on Big Savage Mountain. His neck was broken.
Christian Yammer, driver of the car, received only minor injuries and was taken to Miners’ Hospital where he was treated for bruises, cuts and burns.
Biddington was thrown from the rumble seat of the car as it struck a guard rail. The machine overturned and caught fire.
Yammer, a saw mill operator at Jennings, Md., was pinned underneath the machine until motorists righted the burning car and extricated him. A pet dog of Biddington in the machine escaped, his hair burned. It ran into the woods and disappeared.
Yammer told the investigating officers that Biddington asked for a ride and got in his machine at Hill Top Inn west of Frostburg. Yammer said he lost control of his machine descending the mountain grade. Members of the Frostburg Fire Department, who were summoned, extinguished the fire which was enveloping the automobile.
Biddington was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Biddington, and lived with his parents here. He is also survived by two brothers, Martin and William Biddington.
The authorities learned that Biddington had left early in the afternoon with his dog, met another man, and that the two went hunting for goundhogs in Garrett county.
A party of tourists composed of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Marchant, Follensbee, W. Va., their son, Walter, who was driving; a friend, Miss Isabelle Kerr of Wellsboro, W. Va., and Misses Marian and Beatrice Marchant, daughters, were eyewitnesses to the accident.
They told the investigating officers that they saw the Yammer car out of control or driven recklessly, descending the hill and at the foot of Savage Mountain, at a culvert, the machine suddenly crashed into the guard rail. The machine burst into flames, which shot across the roadway. The wrecked machine then swerved across the highway, sidewiping [sic] the Marchant car, tearing off their luggage on the running board, and finally turned over on the highway. The Marchant party had to remain over night in Frostburg while their car was repaired.” [CET 7-10-1934, p. 11]

“Driver Held on Bond in Biddington Death. Coroner‘s Jury Told Victim Boarded Yammer‘s Car Despite Owner's Objection. A coroner’s jury empaneled here last night to investigate the death of Frank Biddington, 28, killed in an automobile accident on Big Savage Mountain, early Monday night, recommended that Christian Yammer, sawmill operator of Jennings, Garrett county, Md., driver of the death car, be held under $1,000 bond for action of the grand jury at the October term of Circuit Court. Bond was furnished by Harry Yammer of Grantsville, a relative.
The jury, after hearing a number of witnesses, returned a verdict holding that: ‘Frank Biddington came to his death from a broken neck and other injuries received when he jumped or was hurled from an automobile being operated in a reckless manner by Christian Yammer.’
Members of the jury were: Julius Abramson, Frederick Wehner, George Gunter, Owen L. Porter, Charles McNeil, E.J. Donahue, Otto Hohing, John Stevenson, John McGraw, George Kennedy, John Geis, Jr. and Frank Powers.
The inquest was in charge of County Coroner who with State’s Attorney William A. Huster questioned the following witnesses: Harry E. Marchant and Walter Marchant of Follensbee, W. Va.; Franklin W. Kremer of Cumberland; Earl McClearly and Frank Mattingly of Frostburg; Miss Katherine Pugh of Garrett county; Sergeant John W. Kreis and Officer W.C. McVey of the Maryland State Police.
Testimony of witnesses revealed that Biddington and Carl Arnold went from Frostburg into Garrett county about 2 p.m., Monday on a truck owned and operated by Earl McCleary. Upon their return from a hunting trip, Biddington and Arnold met Yammer at Hilltop Inn in Garrett county.
Miss Catherine Pugh, an employe [sic] at the Inn, testified she sold Yammer a bottle of beer. She further testified that Yammer didn’t want Biddington or Arnold to ride to Frostburg with him, after they previously had refused to return in McCleary’s truck.
Yammer’s refusal to haul the men, according to Miss Pugh’s testimony, angered Arnold and he struck Yammer in the face, rolled him over in the road and returned to his car and turned the ignition. She also testified that when Yammer started for Frostburg about 6:30 p.m., Biddington stood on the running board of the machine, threw his pet bull dog into the rumble seat and then


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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