Marion "Mary" Cohen
Born 2/18/1909
Died 8/2/1912 in Syracuse, NY

Three-year-old Mary Cohen killed by street car in Oswego St. The funeral of Mary Cohen, 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cohen of No. 509 Oswego Street, whose death occurred yesterday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. at the Womens and Childrens Hospital, where she had been taken three hours before, suffering from injuries sustained when she was run down by a Dudley Car near her home, will be held tomorrow morning from the family home. The girl and several of her playmates were returning from a nearby candy store where they had purchased some candy. As they were crossing the street, Marys mother, who stood in the doorway of her home, realized the childs danger as she stepped between the trucks. Mrs. Cohen shouted a cry of warning, but it was too late. The front trucks of the heavy car had passed over one of the childs legs and she was dragged twenty feet before the car was brought to a stop.
Syracuse Herald, Saturday, August 3, 1912, page 6.

Marion Cohen, 3 1/2, fatally injured in front of her home dies three hours later. Intent on treat, asks doctor to give her another penny, clutches coin until death. Ice wagon standing in street obscures view of trolley. Child knocked under wheels which pass over her body.
Hurrying home to show her mother the candy she had purchased with a penny which had been given to her, Marion Cohen, 3 1/2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cohen of No. 509 Oswego Street, ran in front of a trolley car passing her house at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon and was so badly injured she died three hours later. The childs body was crushed and her left leg was almost severed. The little girl had suffered so greatly from the shock of the accident that all thought was abandoned of amputating her leg in the hope of saving her life. The child was so stunned she did not suffer great pain and was conscious until with a few minutes of her death.
With her two brothers, Abram, 8 and Barney, 7, Marion went to the candy shop of Edward H. Martlow and Son and No. 514 Oswego Street, directly opposite her fathers tailor shop, to spend the penny her mother had given her. The purchase was carefully made, and elated over the success of the transaction, the three children started to run back home. Close to the curb on the street directly opposite of their home stood an ice wagon, and this probably obstructed the view of the motorman of the empty car, who was Ferdinand A. Menering of No. 112 Murray Avenue. Witnesses say that the car was not running rapidly. Marion started across the street just as Mrs. Cohen came to the door and called to her children to come home for dinner. With a laughing reply, the little girl skipped into the street, one hand tightly clutching the bag of candy.
She did not see the trolley car until almost in front of it and then it was too late and then was to frightened and running too rapidly to get out of the way. She was struck a glancing blow and fell, rolling under the car between the forward and rear trucks. The motorman instantly applied the brakes and stopped within twenty feet, but not before one of the rear wheels passed over the girls body and dragged her over the pavement. Still conscious, Marion was picked up and taken to Dr. N. Warren Van Lengens office at 445 Gifford Street, Dr. Francis J. Ryan the Rapid Transit Companys physician, was called and as was also Dr. P.J. Byrne of No. 434 Gifford Street.
The childs mind was filled with thoughts of her candy purchase and even the accident failed to drive them away. For while Dr. Van Lengen and Dr. Byrne were placing a temporary splint upon the injured limb, she asked for a penny to buy more candy. Dr. Byrne gave her a coin and the fingers of chubby hand closed tightly around the copper and never let go until death relaxed them. Burns and Obriens ambulance was sent for and she was taken to the Womens and Childrens Hospital, accompanied her father. At the hospital Dr. F. W. Van Lengen, assisted by the other physicians, did all that was possible for her, stimulants were administered in the hope that an operation to save her life could be performed, but it was soon seen that the shock had been too severe and there was no hope. Mrs. Cohen and her two sons hurried to the hospital as soon as they could and were with the child when the end came.
Post Standard, Saturday, August 3, 1912, page 6.
Father: Samuel COHEN 1880–1957 BIRTH 15 JUL 1880 • Romania DEATH 14 NOV 1957 • Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
Mother: Bessie M. KASSEL 1883–1949
Siblings: Abraham Herman COHEN 1903–1958
Barnett Harvey COHEN 1905–1988
Marion M. COHEN 1909–1912
Bertha COHEN 1913–1986
Norman COHEN 1915–2001
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