Lexington Herald, Lexington, Kentucky, November 1, 1921:
FARMER KILLED BY INTERURBAN
Hal C. Bowman, 60, Had Back to Approaching Car and Was Unable to Hear Sound of the Whistle.
WAS LEADER IN FAYETTE
Hal C. Bowman, 60 years old, prominent Fayette county farmer, was killed instantly yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock, when he was struck by a westbound interurban car on the Versailles pike, at the intersection of Gun's Lane, about three miles from Lexington.
Mr. Bowman apparently did not see the approaching car. It was raining and he was holding an umbrella watching for the car going toward Lexington, which meets the car bound for Versailles near that point.
According to the story, told by Motorman P. Maupin, who, with Conductor J. R. Jordan, was in charge of the interurban, the car was about 75 feet from the crossing when he saw Mr. Bowman standing on the track with his back toward the approaching car. Mr. Maupin applied the brakes and blew the whistle, he said, but was unable to stop the car until after it struck Mr. Bowman. Mr. Bowman was deaf, which accounts for his not hearing the whistle, it was stated.
The force of the impact knocked Mr. Bowman across the pike. The body was badly mangled and apparently many bones in his body, besides his skull, were broken. He was taken into the house at the intersection of the two roads by the crew on the car and later taken to the establishment of W. R. Milward.
Mr. Bowman was one of the most prominent and influential farmers of the county. He was born and lived in that section of the county all his life. He was the son of the late Henry Bowman. He is survived by two sisters, Anna Bell and Sallie, and two brothers, Andrew W. and Will, all of Lexington. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The inquest will be held Wednesday morning at the courthouse, Coroner John Anglin announced.
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