Isaac Doten Hart is my 2nd great granduncle. He was born 18 Mar 1834, probably in Canada. He married Eliza Maria Richards on 20 Apr 1860 in Lapeer, Lapeer Co., Michigan. They had one child, a son, Ellis.
I was searching for an obituary for Isaac when I came across a couple of other interesting tidbits. I enjoy finding newspaper articles about my ancestors that tell me more about their daily lives.
In this case, Isaac D. Hart was struck by a street car and thrown from his rig, while delivery butter & eggs in his “wagon.” The incident took place on 13 Jul 1905 in Bay City, Michigan while he was crossing Columbus Street. He was not badly injured, but did sustain bruises.
Article 1 – Isaac Hart Dumped out of His Wagon
|Bay City Daily Tribune, 14 Jul 1905, page 5|
Article 2 – Says he want $2,000 in damages
|Bay City Times, 31 Jul 1905, page 4|
Article 3 – The case goes to trial and now the damages are $2,500
|Bay City Times, 11 Oct 1905, page 3|
Article 4 – The jury decides on $50 - I'm sure, a disappointment to the plaintiff, Isaac
|Bay City Times, 13 Oct 1905, page 1|
I’m happy that no one was seriously injured in this mishap. I’ve certainly learned that taking people or companies to court is nothing new. It’s been happening for centuries and usually makes for interesting reading.
Have you found newspaper articles or other references to your ancestors going to court? I’d love to hear about them.
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