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Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
February 27, 1909
Says the a Philadelphia paper of last evening, the body of the woman killed last evening by the motor car of Frank Rosengarten, 1905 Walnut street, at 18th and Chestnut streets, was identified at the Morgue today as that of Fannie W. Kerr, a nurse employed for the past two years in the family of Raumond Harrison,217 South Cecil street, West Philadelphia.
Miss Kerr, who came to this city form Oxford, Pa., was about forty-three years old. Dr. Frank Hutchison, a friend of the dead woman's family is on the way here from Oxford to make arrangements to the care of the body, which will be brought to the woman's home town.
The body of the nurse was identified at------ after 9 o'clock this-------- Miss Alice Hutchison, 1737 Arch Street, who was accompanied there by Jean Doyle a central station detective. Prior to visiting the Morgue, Miss Hutchison had called at ------- and asked to see the jewelry and other effects of the victim of the automobile accident. She recognized several articles as belonging to her friend, Miss Kerr. She then voluntered to view the body at the Morgue.
Raymond Harrison, whose invalid wife Miss Kerr had attended for two years, also visited City Hall. He said that his wife was in ill health and that the news of her nurses' death had not been broken to her for fear that it would aggravate her condition.
Last evening, according to Raymond Harrison, Miss Kerr left her home, declaring tha ths intened visitinig Miss Hutchinson. She said that she intended riding downtown on the Chestnut street line of cars. It is supposed that in alighting from the car Miss Kerr stepped in front of the automobile.
This morning when Mr. Harrison discovered that Miss Kerr had not returned home, he got into communication with the police, In order to make the idenfitication of the body certain, Mr. Harrison visited the Morgue after Miss Hutchinson.
As far as is known, Miss Kerr has only distant relatives in Oxford. Her acquaintences say that she often said in the case of death she desired to be buried in the cemetery of her home town.
The accident happened when the strets were crowded with theatre goers. In the motor car was only the chauffeur. He was on his way to get Mr. Rosengarten to take him to the opera. Mr. Rosengarten visited teh Central Station last night and endeavored to have the chauffuer released, but the police had no power to allow the man out of their custody without the consent of the Coroner.
March 2, 1909
FUNERAL OF MISS FANNY KERR
Monday afternoon, at two o'clock, the funeral of Miss Fanny Kerr, was held from the home of her cousin, Dr. Frank P. Hutchinso, on Locust street, and wa most largely attended. Services were conducted by Rev. Charles O. Smith, pastor of the United Presbyterian Chruch, to which she belonged since childhood, only withdrawing her certificate one month before the fatal automobile accident. A profusion of beautiful flowers surrounded the casket, tributes from her many friends in this section and the acquaintances of recent years in PHiladelphia.
The pall bearers were Messrs. Coates Caldwell, James F. Hutchinson, Arthur A. Hutchison, and J.H.A. Hutchinson, of Oxford; James Hutchison, of Elkeview, and E.K. Kerr, of Wooster, Ohio. Among the friends who paid this last respect to the victim were Henry Harrison and son, Mrs. Alice Compton, of Philadelphia, Russell Kerr ans son, E.K. Kerr, and niece Miss Steele, of Wooster, Ohio. Interment was made in Oxford Cemtery.
Miss Kerr,it will be remembered, was killed by being struck by an automobile in Philadelphia, while alighting from a trolley car Thursday evening. She was 43 years old, the only daughter of the late J. Cyrus and Margaretta Kerr. Until her father's death, about five years ago, she spend all her life in Oxford, where she was born and raised. Mr. Kerr was for years Secretary and Treasurer of the Borough Council. At his death, the daughter was left considerable wealth, but through a series of unfortunate investments, lost almost all of it. She then moved from Oxford to Philadelphia. After a brief venture in business she went ot Wooster, Ohio, spending some time with the familuy of her uncle, Russell. Two years ago she returned to Philadelphia, accepting the postion of compainon to the invalid Mrs. Raymond Harrison, of whos household shw was an inmate at the time of her death. Her closest relatives were cousins, with whom she always kept in touch by correspondence. Smauel D. Hutchison, J.H.A. Hutchison, Dr. Frank P. Hutchison, David W. Hutchison, Misses Maggie and Sue Hutchison, Oxford and David w. Hutchison of Downingtown,werer first cousins. A number of second cousins live around Oxford. Much sympathy is felt by friends over the sad accident which deptived Miss Kerr of her life in such a shocking manner.