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Daniel Evans, 81, of Piketon, widely known on the Ohio Fair Circuit, as owner and driver of a string of pacing and trotting horses, was struck and injured fatally by a pick-up truck on Route 23, at Piketon Monday at 8:50 p.m.
He died about an hour later in Howe Co. ambulance on the way to Chillicothe hospital. Dr. M. E. Moore, of Piketon, was called to the scene, and died the elderly man suffered a broken leg and thigh, internal injuries and scalp cuts.
No charges were pressed against the truck driver, George W, Burton, 25, of 9 East First St., Mansfield, who said Evans stepped into the path of the truck at an intersection three blocks south of Route 23 bridge.
Witnesses to the accident said they saw Mr. Evans start to cross Route 23 at the intersection to go to the Delbert Birkhimer service station.
They told Deputy Sheriff Davis, who investigated, that Mr. Evans hesitated on the yellow center line on the highway, then, stepped into the truck's path as it approached.
Mr. Burton told the deputy he was driving north on Route 23 and saw the man in the street but thought he was waiting to cross after the truck passed. He said he was going about 25 miles an hour when Mr. Evans walked in front of the truck.
Witness corroborated the driver's statements and said Mr. Evans appeared not to hear a warning yell about the oncoming truck from someone on the sidewalk.
Mr. Evans was knocked down and his watch was found later in the street stopped at 8:50 p.m.., establishing the time of the accident, Deputy Davis said.
Gilbert Breitenbach, who was driving the ambulance to the hospital, said the victim died about 9:20 p.m. when the ambulance was at Massieville, just south of Chillicothe.
Mr. Burton, who stopped his truck immediately, told the deputy sheriff he had rented the 1950 truck form Mansfield Car and Truck Rental Service and was returning home form Moorhead, KY. He said he had taken his parents and some their belongings there.
Mr. Evans was a former Ohio Penitentiary guard. He moved to Piketon 20 years ago with his string of race horses and he became well known in harness racing circles. He was active as a driver until a few years ago.
He made his home with Howard Thompson, former mayor of Piketon, and family, until about 8 months ago, when Mr. Thompson was called to service in the air force. Since then he had stayed at a Piketon hotel.
He was the only surviving member of his immediate family. Born in Oak Hill, he leaves several nieces and nephews in that community.
Mr. Evans had been a Mason 50 years. 2 August 1951 The Republican Herald
Pike countians, attending the Lexington, Ky., Trots and Sales, developed into more than just spectators, it was announced here this week.
Hansel Butler and his father, Preston Butler, of Waverly, purchased a yearling colt sired by Long Key out of a producing dam.
Dr. M. E. Moore, of Piketon, purchased a yearling colt sired by Guy Castleton, also for a proven matron, and L. P. Vallery bought a 3 year old filly sired by Tiger Flowers out of a Peter Volo Dam.
Trainer J. M. Brown of the Woodburn Farms at Piketon, immediately became a co-owner of the two last named colts and will be manager of them during the racing season.11 Oct 1945 The Republican Herald
Birds eye view of Piketon Fairgrounds
Pike County Fair August 1963
Pike County fair 1911
Pike County fair 1911
Notice the fair was 10 cents. I don't think that would have been cheap at the time. I once was treasure at a church and back around that time the offerings would run less than 20 cents.
Pat Slagle photo via Jim Henry
Pike County Fair, Piketon, Ohio Pictures and Information