Rochester, MN Fatal Runaway Accident, July 1894

Rochester Daily Post
Thursday July 5th, 1894


Dr. E. C. Cross thrown from his Carriage and Seriously Hurt.

Yesterday morning as the result of a small boy throwing a lighted firecracker in front of a team of colts driven by Dr. E. C. Cross, occurred an accident which had a terrible and perhaps fatal termination. He was driving near the brewery owned by Sebuster Bros., when the team became frightened by the explosion of the fire-cracker near them, and started to run. The doctor would have been perfectly able to hold them had not a bit broken in the mouth of one of the animals, causing them to veer sharply to one side. As they were already going quite fast the consequence was that the carriage was overturned and Dr. Cross was thrown violently from his seat and through the picket fence on the south side of Second street.

The accident was seen by Mr. Benjamin Yates, of Pleasant Grove, and he, with Mr. Thomas Porter, of Marion, who was near, carried the injured man, as best they could, to his home. It was found that his left leg was broken, the bone projecting through the flesh and trousers leg when he was picked up.

A piece of bone was found sticking in the ground some time afterwards, and the supposition is that he was thrown through the fence with such force that the bone was pushed through and into the ground, breakoff there. [sic] The piece of bone found was fully four inches in length and split in the center. the remaining portion, together with some gravel, being removed when the wound was dressed. A severe scalp injury was also sustained but the skull was not injured.

He was taken home and the wound dressed after which he rallied and for some time yesterday his friends had hopes that he would recover from his injury. During the night, however the reaction set in and this morning he was reported as dying.


Rochester Daily Post
Friday July 6th, 1894

Death of Dr. Cross

The condition of Dr. Cross continued to to grow steadily worse yesterday, until at fifteen minuted of seven p. m. his death resulted. Almost all the time during the day and the preceeding night a doctor had been with the injured man, and not till quite late in the afternoon were hopes of his recovery entirely lost.

Edwin C. Cross was born in Bradford, Vermont., April 16, 1824. He fitted himself for college in the academy at Bradford, where he took a two year's course. He attended medical lectures at Dartmouth College, at Andover, for two years and the following year graduated from Castleton. He has been practicing medicine for fifty years. His first location was at Leyden, Mass., where he remained for three years, afterward removing to Gilford, Vt., and from there to Brat tleboro.

In 1856 his brother, Elisha W., made a tour from Vermont to Minnesota, and it was at his suggestion that he came to locate in this city, then the merest frontier settlement, in 1858, two years later. His brother, who had in the meantime returned to Vermont, located here in 1860, and the two became the chief firm of physicians then practicing in Rochester.

During his residence in Leyden, Mass., he was married to Fannie E. Marcy, and in Brattleboro two sons were born, one dying there and the other after their removal to this city. The other children are Anna C.; J. Grosvenor, and Myra now Mrs. Fred Van Dusen, all of whom are now here.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at half past two o'clock from his late residence on Fifth street, Rev. J. F. Taintor officiating.


Rochester Daily Post
Saturday July 7th, 1894

The funeral of the late Dr. E. C. Cross occured this afternoon at halfpast two o'clock, Rev. J. F. Taintor officiating. A large number of the friends of the family attended the funeral, and sixteen members of the Olmsted County Medical Society were present.


Rochester Daily Post
Monday July 9th, 1894

Accounts For It.

On an examination of the harnesses of the team which the late Dr. E. C. Cross drove last Wednesday with such a terrible result, by his brother, Dr. E. W. Cross, it was found that both bits were broken, which accounts for inability to control the horses. Under ordinary circumstances he was perfectly able to hold any team.