East New Market


Trenton Evening Times

29 July 1915 - Harvest of Death Reaped by Autos

Lynching Trip Fatal to One

Federalsburg, MD., July 29 - The Federalsburg-Williamsburg State Road was the scene of another serious automobile accident, in which George Lee Jr., 20 years old, of Cambridge, was killed and William Bespitch Jr., so seriously injured that his recovery is doubtful.  Four others also sustained bad injuries.  In the car besides Lee and Bespitch were Luke Ruark, Laird Wallace and Lake Thomas, of East New Market, who owned the machine.

The party left Cambridge to go to Denton to witness a supposed lynching of "Wish" Sheppard, the negro who assaulted Mildred Clark, reports having been circulated in Cambridge that a mob was going to lynch the negro.  When rounding a corner, the automobile crashed into a telephone pole, hurling the occupants on the road.  Lee's skull was crushed, and he died soon after arriving at Cambridge Hospital.  Bespitch suffered a leg broken in two places, hip dislocated, and internal injuries.  Thomas' left arm was broken and he was cut about the head.  Luke Ruark received deep lacerations of the legs.  Laird Wallace suffered minor injuries.

When the car struck the telephone pole, the gasoline tank exploded, setting fire to the machine, and it was destroyed.