Western Instructor Killed In Crash
Dr. M. Ford head of the Ogden Department of Science of Western State Teachers College, was killed instantly in an automobile accident about 11 o'clock Tuesday night, March 19, between Glasgow and Summershade, Ky.
Dr.. Ford was made head of the Agriculture department in 1918 and is remembered by many of the Trigg student who attended Western. Cadiz Record -
May 29, 1940


Pathetic Letters From Suicide For Father, Mother, and Sweetheart. Hartford, Ky.

The body of Miss Prudie Ford, the pretty college student who committed suicide by taking arsenic and jumping into Rough river here, was found this morning a few miles below the city.

Two letters were found on the river bank where she jumped in the stream. One was addressed to her parents and the other to her sweet heart.

The one to her parents is as follows: " My dear parents: Today as I was returning from school Mr Deweese, Mr Woodward and Mr Medcalf called me to the courthouse and told me that Mrs Colline (her boarding-house keeper) was accusing me of stealing property and money amounting to $40 and that they would prosecute me. I will end my life rather than have a false charge brought against me. I am innocent, and, God being my judge, I have resolved to end my live.

I have been a loyal girl since I entered school here and have been true to my God. I die with this sentiment ringing from my lips, God is merciful and just.

When this reaches you I will be in the bottom of Rough river -- that is, my body -- but my soul will be with Jesus. Live so as to meet me there. Death is sweet at this hour and on such an occasion. With love and prayers. I am dying.
"Yours a short time,

The letter to her sweetheart was of the same, though different form.
The body was found today by Alex Barnes, a member of the searching party that had been dragged the river since last Wednesday night. It was turned over to the girl's father and mother, Mr and Mrs Edward Ford, of Freedland, Ky, who will take it home for burial today.
A remarkable turn was given to the affair today, when it became known that Mrs J.R. Collins had found the watch which she had accused the girl of stealing. Mrs Collins remembered afte she found the watch that she had placed it in a hiding place hereself. Some of the money alledged to have been stolen is said to have been accounted for.


Rex Ford -61, of 8 Pope St., died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at this home following a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Edith; two brothers, Jay R. Ford and Rodney Ford both of Louisville; three sisters, Margie Duke of Greenville, Thelma Newman of Louisville and Sue Neil Leaf of Waukegan, Ill.; nieces and nephews.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at Gary Funeral Home in Greeenville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carter's Creek Baptist Church, Route two, Greenville, with the Rev. Ronnie Gulford Noffsinger officiating assisted by the Rev. Gifford and Capt. Milton Wood. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Sept 1980 Henderson Gleaner 


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