McInnis, Jennie

28 Aug 1924

Mrs. Thomas McInnis, Point Cape George, was killed in a runaway accident at Ballantyne’s Cove last Thursday, and her nephew Frank MacNeil, son of D.C. MacNeil, Lakevale, who was with her at the time, was very seriously injured. Mrs. McInnis and young MacNeil were driving down the hill that leads from the point to the cove, when without any apparent reason, the horse ran away. Near the bridge at the foot of the hill the road slopes sharply to the lower side and here the wagon gave a lurch, throwing Mrs. McInnis out with great violence. Her head and back struck the concrete bridge railing, the blow fracturing her skull and causing other injuries. Frank MacNeil was thrown out a few feet further on and he sustained a fractured jaw, and a severe shaking up. Dr. McIsaac was called from Antigonish but Mrs. McInnis had died before he arrived. The last rites were administered by Rev. Dr. D.C. Gillis, St. Francis Xavier’s , and by Rev. Donald Beaton, parish priest. Young MacNeil was brought in to St. Martha’s Hospital. Mrs. MacInnis was before her marriage Jennie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dougald McDonald, Lakevale. On Sunday she had attended the funeral of her mother, and at the time of the tragic accident was driving to Lakevale to visit an aunt who is dangerously ill with pneumonia. She was forty years old. Besides her husband and father, she is survived by eight sisters; Mrs R.J. MacDonald, Antigonish; Mrs. Duncan C. McNeil, Lakevale; Mrs. Hugh MacDonald, Seattle; Mrs. Clarence Henderson, Detroit; Mrs. M.E. Metager, Detroit; Miss Effie MacDonald, at home; and Miss Libbie MacDonald, New York; and four brothers; Alexander, Daniel, A. Neil, and Hugh MacDonald.