Mrs. Danks and Baby Injured—Carriage
Wrecked and Horse Lamed.
Sunday morning [30 July 1899], Harry Danks, of 12 Boon street, started to drive to Rices [a town near Watertown] to spend the day. He was accompanied by his wife [Etta Roberts Minor Danks] and baby [Otis]. At the corner of Willow and Pine streets there was a shifting engine which backed up. Thinking the crew did so to allow him to pass, Danks urged his horse ahead. Just as the animal was about to step on the track, having ascended the steep incline leading to the crossing, the shifter started back toward the rig. The horse whirled and upset the carriage. Mrs. Danks and the baby rolled down the embankment and were severely injured. The horse drag[g]ing the carriage upon its side, ran full tilt into a sign post, severely laming its shoulder. The animal then smashed the carriage into a hydrant.
[The Watertown Herald, Saturday, August 5, 1899, page 1]