DEATH  AT  THE  FAIR

Though the security was quite good at the 1904 World's Fair, there were  a  few unfortunate deaths  during the Exposition.



On August 13,   Frances Reid  Miller Jones, the wife of Breckenridge Jones- one of  the  wealthiest St. Louisiana and supporter of the Fair), and her  two children were on a carriage ride (A two-seated trap), near the Boer War  reenactment.  The horses were  spooked upon hearing a  shot from the attraction, and all the occupants  were tossed out of the  carriage, and down  a 20  foot  embankment.  Jones' wife died that night in the tent of Captain Blakley, at the War War attraction. 


Performer W. H. Green, known  as `Monsieur Leon.'   Green wrapped his long hair  around  a fifty foot pole and  slid down.  He performed this  feat at the  Old St. Louis attraction on the Pike three times a day, until the wire snapped and he  was killed on August 2.


After having  a nervous breakdown (due to her son's wife dying),  author Kate Chopin, was healthy enough  to  visit  the Fair. On a particularly hot day, she  collapsed, and suffered cerebral hemmorage and died  two  days later on August 22.


On May 16, assistant  engineer, Hugh Meier was killed at the power plant  that provided energy  to  the Tyrolean Alps. An overloaded compressed air pipe burst and caused his  death.


On  July 3, the Wabash Limited train near Litchfield Illinois wrecked, when  a train slammed into an open  switch, causing the locomotive  to  explode. Twenty-one people on their way to the Fair and   the National Democratic Convention died.


Jefferson Guard, Gerald Doyle, was  killed while unloading barrels at Palace of Agriculture on Flag Day- June 14.


A huge steel pin fell  off the  Observation Wheel  and  hit  John Goll on May 10. Though workers tried to  warn him by yelling, the pin fell 200 feet and instantly  killed  him. 


On August 28, the  Louisiana Purchase trophy automobile race held at a dust-winded Fairgrounds Race Track, famed racer Barney   Oldfield  crashed  into a fence  during the 10 mile race and killed two spectators.


From  July  to  September at the Phillipine Exhibition, twelve  members  died. Three Bagobos and an  American   died at  the St. Louis  Quarentine  Station  of  smallpox, two Moros and one Igorot  and two Constabulary soldiers died of  beriberi, one Igorot died of pneumonia,  one American  died of  liver abscess, and one   Constabulary soldier from a suicide gunshot wound.  Also a  Visayan teacher  and a  six month infant died of pneumonia on the way to  the  Fair. 



Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen, wife of  the multitalented scholar, J. W. E. Bowen, (he  helped to shape African American culture through his service as seminary administrator, minister, writer, and   lecturer).  She was a  writer, temperance movement activist, and professor of music at Clark University. She   died in 1904 while visiting the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.
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