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Subject: [NORCAL] Obit result - MURRAY - Kern Co.
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 23:37:29 EDT
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Murray, Alfred C.
age: 37 yrs
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Murray, Alfred C.
age: 4 yrs
Spouse: A. C.
age: 36 or 38 yrs very blurry
The Bakersfield Californian
Wednesday, December 22, 1926
Assemblyman Murray, Wife, Son Killed in Grapevine Crash
Three Others Injured and One Woman Near Death
Mrs. Mary Armstrong Not Expected to Survive Dire Accident
Automobile Hits Big Motor Truck
Blinding Rainstorm Is Blamed as Car Skids on Highway
Death stalked the Los Angeles highway last night when Alfred C. Murray,
state assemblyman from Riverside was fatally injured and his wife and 3-year-old
son, Alfred, Jr., were instantly killed as their machine, driven by Murray,
skidded on the rain-soaked pavement and crashed into the rear end of a
heavily-laden truck and trailer, 24 miles south of Bakersfield on the straightaway
six miles north of Grapevine station. Murray died two and one-half hours after
the crash, which occurred at 8?30 p.m. Three others, including the mother
and another son of Mrs. Murray were seriously injured. Doctors declare the
mother cannot live.
Mrs. Mary Armstrong, 70, fractured skull and internal injuries probably will
Mrs. Norah Lenhardt, San Bernardino, broken hip, fractured pelvic bone.
Ward Murray, 1 year old, head bruised and legs injured.
According to official reports, made at the local traffic and sheriff's
offices, Murray, his wife and two children, Mrs. Murray's mother and a nurse, Mrs.
Lenhardt, were en route from Riverside to the home of Murray's father at
A blinding rainstorm and a heavy blanket of fog obscured the heavy truck
which was traveling north as was the Murray party. The automobile driver saw the
truck, which was laden with steel angle irons, too late to avoid a crash.
Traffic Officer Fred Payne, who investigated the tragedy said the long pieces of
iron pierced entirely through the car and so great was the shock of the
collision that the tongue of the trailer was broken.
Ambulances were called from Bakersfield but when they arrived, it was found
tha the mother and her 3-year-old son both were dead.
The boy's skull was crushed and his spinal column broken. The four injured
persons, including Murray, his son and the two women, were rushed to the
Bakersfield Emergency hospital.
Murray died of a fractured skull and crushed chest. His legs also were
broken. Until a few minutes before death, the fatally injured man remained
conscious, talking and giving what details he could remember of the crash.
The body of Mrs. Murray was taken to Flickinger mortuary, while the bodies
of the father and son are at Payne & Son mortuary. Late today, no funeral
arrangements had been made. Coroner N. C. Houze probably will conduct an inquest
Thursday or Friday.
According to a report from Grapevine, the truck into which the Murray
machine crashed, is owned by the Mike Lang Transportation Company and when it
passed the station a few minutes before the wreck, the rear light was burning
Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs Lenhardt both are at the Emergency hospital and late
today the elder woman, the mother of Mrs. Murray, had not regained
consciousness. Physicians and hospital attendants say the woman will not live until
J. A. Murray of Woodland, father of the dead assemblyman, and Jean
Armstrong, son of the injured woman and brother of Mrs. Murray, left for Bakersfield
at 12 o'clock last night according to word received here from the north.
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR MURRAY'S SUCCESSOR
SACRAMENTO - Dec.22 - A special election will be required to fill the
vacancy in the State Legislature caused by the death of Assemblyman C Murray of
Riverside, who, with his wife and son, was killed last night in an automobile
accident in Kern County.
Such an election will not be called by Governor Richardson, who goes out of
office January 3, unless requested by the voters of the assembly district
which Murray represented, it was indicated at the governor's office today.
It was considered probable that a special election, whether called either by
Governor Richardson or Governor-elect Young will be held during the 30-day
Kern Co. Volunteer
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