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The Eastern Gazette 1-28-1937, p.1
FATAL COASTING ACCIDENT Raymond Merrill and Ruth Staples, Students at N. H. Fay High, Victims of Coasting Collision Tuesday Evening Two High school students are dead as the result of a coasting accident which occurred Tuesday evening at about 10 o'clock. Raymond Merrill and Ruth Staples were sliding on Liberty street across from Main when their sled collided with a bob steered by Omar Bertrand which was coming down Liberty from Spring street. The accident took place near the George Park Mfg. Co. Dr. H. E. Whalen and an ambulance from Ramsay & Gates Co., were called and the two injured young people were rushed to the Plummer Memorial hospital. Young Merrill, whose chest was crushed and abdomen pierced by the runners of the other sled, died on the way. Miss Staples' injuries were in the throat and internally. She was given treatment by Dr. Whalen and Dr. O. R. Emerson of Newport, and later rushed to the Eastern Maine General hospital in Bangor, where she died last night at 7 o'clock from internal hemorrhages. Raymond Merrill, who was 15 years of age, was a Freshman in N. H. Fay High school, and lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Flora Merrill, his only surviving relative, on Free street. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Gerry Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. John Quigg officiating. Both young people were very popular among their classmates in town and the deep sympathy of the community is extended to the grandmother and parents of the boy and girl.