HARRY W. BELL
BALTIMORE, MD., July 22d, 1917 - Struck by a west-bound Gilmor Street trolley car as he stepped from behind an east-bound street trolley car at Fayette and Pearl Streets, at about 7:30 o'clock last Thursday evening (July 19th), Mr. Harry W. Bell, of 2716 Evergreen Terrace, opposite Druid Hill Park, received injuries which caused his death in a few minutes.
It is said that Mr. Bell walked directly from behind the east-bound car, and started across the west-bound tracks just as the Gilmor Street car approached. The motorman applied his brakes, but it was too late. Mr. Bell was dragged beneath the car, his skull fractured, and the body horribly bruised. The automobile belonging to Mrs. Whitney, who lived a few doors from the scene of the accident, was commandeered by the police, and rushed him to the Franklin Square Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mr. Bell is survived by his aged father, William E Bell, who is stationed at the Navy Yard, Washington, D. C., and bis brother, Mr. William E. Bell, Jr. of Howard Park.
Mr. Bell was an expert silversmith in the employ of the Stieff Silver Company, where he worked since he was a boy.
Mr. Bell was a graduate of the old Knapp's Institute for the Oral Instruction of the Deaf. His tragic death caused a profound sorrow among his wide circle of friends, as he was of a perpetually jovial nature, and had an inexhaustible fund of snappy stories and crackling jokes.
In the absence of Rev. A. D. Bryant, who is spending his vacation at his summer home at Indian Neck, Ct , the funeral services were conducted by Rev Dr. Bartlett A. Bowers, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Lafayette and Fremont Avenues, at the home of Mrs G. W. Rodenhiser, where Mr. Bell boarded for the past fifteen years. Dr. Bowers preached an eloquent and and touching eulogy, which brought many to tears. Mr. Bell was a member of the department for the deaf connected with this church. The funeral was largely attended by the deaf community, as well as many hearing friends. Numerous beautiful floral tribute were in profusion.
The members of the Eutaw Conclave, No. 27, Jr O. U. A M., of which Mr. Bell was for many years a member, acted as active pallbearers, while the honorary pallbearers, all from the Baptist Mission, were Messrs. Harry Henning, George W. Graff, John W. Hildebrand, William Hokemeyer, W. W. Duvall, Jr., and Alfred K. Feast.
Mr. Bell was laid to rest In the beautiful and reposeful Loudon Park Cemetery on Frederick Road. The Eutaw Conclave had charge of the burial ceremony at the grave, according to the rites of this order. Lastly, Rev. Dr. Bowers pronounced a prayer.
Source: Deaf-Mutes' Journal - 2nd August 1917