|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/2/1919.
County Engineer Edwin Starcher Fatally Injured Friday Morning
One of the most shocking accidents which has ever happened in the history
of the county occurred Friday morning when the huge four-ton truck belonging
to the county court upset and turned over on County Engineer Edwin Starcher,
killing him almost instantly.
Mr. Starcher had started out from Grantsville with the truck, which
is a large army, four-wheel drive furnished by the War Department for use
in road building, loaded with culvert material for the Leatherbark Road
and had gotten to the narrows on the high bank just this side of the Barr
schoolhouse at the head of Phillip's Run when he met a team and wagon driven
by Oliver Blosser, of Russett. In attempting to pass the wagon Mr.
Starcher drove to the lower side of the road which runs along a precipitous
bank, and in some manner the truck got beyond his control, upset and rolled
to the bottom of the run below. At the first turn Mr. Starcher, who
was stuck to the truck and tried to save it from destruction, was caught
under the frame and killed instantly. His body was terribly mangled
and crushed as the truck and its load weighed nearly nine thousand pounds.
The remains were brought to this place and prepared for burial and the
funeral services were held and interment made at the family cemetery on
the West Fork, Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Starcher was about 55 years of age and was a scion of one of the
county's most prominent families. He is survived by his wife and
nine children to whom the sympathy of the entire county goes out in the
most heartfelt manner.
Edwin Starcher was a first class citizen and official. There were
some who in the heat of political argument and bickering, criticised his
plans and purposes, but none deny that he was honest, energetic and faithful
in the discharge of his duties. Under his administration wonderful
progress has been made in road building in this county and the county will
experience some difficulty in finding a man to take his place and who will
give the same earnest and conscientious as was rendered by Mr. Starcher.