James M. Merritt loses life in tragic accident
Grimsby Independent, 15 Jan 1936, p. 1,4
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15 Jan 1936
Date Of Event
10 Jan 1936
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Merritt, James M.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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A widely known and highly regarded Grimsby family was suddenly bereaved on Friday afternoon last in a tragic and fatal railway crossing accident which occurred near Paris when James M. Merritt, a highly esteemed resident of the community and a member of the well known firm of Merritt Bros., basket manufacturers, lost his life. The sad tidings of the accident came as a shock to his fellow citizens and a host of friends who learned with the deepest regret of the fatal accident which had overtaken one of the town's best known manufacturers and business men. Mr. Merritt's injuries were so severe that he passed away shortly after the accident in the hospital at Paris. Mr. Leslie Blanchard, who was with him at the time escaped with injuries to his scalp, knee and hip and is progressing favorably. He is confined to the hospital in Paris. The two men were on a business trip to that district and at the time were passing over the railway track at the CNR crossing just off No. 2 Highway when the coupe in which they were riding and which was driven by Mr. Blanchard was struck by a way freight train. The track was a double one and after one train passed they thought the way was clear, apparently not noticing the second train coming from the other direction...The late Mr. Merritt was born in Caistor township 49 years ago...He was a member of the Trinity United church and a member of IOOF. He is survived by his wife and one young daughter, Olga, also by his mother, Mrs. Valmer Merritt of Caistor township, one sister, Mrs. A. Curtis Swayze of Caledonia and six brothers, A.E., John W., C. Franklin and Norman, all of Grimsby, and Benson and Orton of Caistor twonship. It is understood that the mother was planning to celebrate her 84th birthday over the weekend and to mark the event by a family reunion at her home...The funeral which was held on Tuesday afternoon from his late residence on Adelaide Street...Interment was afterwards made in Queen's Lawn cemetery...The pallbearers were Messrs. W.J. West, H. Lindensmith, Edric Johnson, R.O. Smith, Victor Catton and C.J. Love...

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James M. Merritt loses life in tragic accident