"The Kansas City Star" (Missouri) Friday, June 16, 1893
ONCE SURE LIVED IN AFFLUENCE.
Mrs. Mary HOUGHTON, an aged woman who was struck by a Troost avenue cable car at the corner of Twelfth street and Troost avenue on May 23, died yesterday from her injuries at her home, 1015 East Fourteenth street. She was *61 years of age and the widow of Horace H. HOUGHTON, once the chief attorney for the Illinois Central railway and later counsul at the Sandwich Islands under President GRANT, who was his personal and intimate friend. Originally Horance HOUGHTON resided in Jamestown, J.Y., where he took a prominent and active part in politics. He moved to Galena, Ill., the home of GRANT, and there accumulated a fortune. At the time of his death several years ago he was reputed to be wealthy and it was supposed that his widow would never feel misery or want. He left considerable real estate and a homestead which was valued at $40,000. Litigation ensured.
Mrs. HOUGHTON found herself penniless in less than a year after her husband died. In the course of time she came to Kansas City but her age and the burden of her many troubles made her unequal to the struggle with the world and undoubtedly she would have been a charge on the community long ago but for the kindness of a brother in Mexico, who occasionally sent her money. Lately the remittances have become fewer and smaller and so desperate was Mrs. HOUGHTON's condition that the day she was brought to her poorly furnished room, crushed and bleeding, she was heard to express regret that the cable car had not killed her.
To-day a coroner's jury investigated the accident and returned a verdict acquitting the cable road of all responsibility. The woman had walked deliberately in front of the car which had been stopped as soon as possible. Previous to the impaneling of the jury several physicians held an autopsy on the body. They discovered that the woman's collar bone had been broken, the exterior table of the skull fractured and the left jaw broken. These injuries in themselves are not ordinarily sufficient to cause death, but it was also found that the body was much emaciated. The immediate cause of death was a heart clot indirectly due to the accident. The body was buried in Elmwood cemetery this afternoon.
*note: death record has her age as 65 years
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