Source: Stark County Democrat
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “His Sisters”
City of publication: Canton, Ohio
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 67
Issue number: 133
|“His Sisters.” Stark County Democrat 10 Sept. 1901 v67n133: p. 5.|
|Sarah Elizabeth Duncan (informed about assassination); Helen McKinley (informed about assassination); William McKinley Duncan (informed about assassination); McKinley assassination (personal response).|
|Sarah Duncan (McKinley niece); Sarah Elizabeth Duncan (McKinley sister); William McKinley Duncan; Myron T. Herrick; Helen McKinley; Ida McKinley; William McKinley.|
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They Were Greatly Shocked, but Had Feared Something of the
Kind Would Happen.
Cleveland, Sept. 7.—It was shortly after 4 o’clock
yesterday afternoon when the news was broken to Mr. McKinley’s sisters of the
dastardly attempt made upon the president’s life.
Mrs. A. J. Duncan and Miss Helen McKinley, sisters to Mr. McKinley, live at No. 190 Oakdale street. W. M. Duncan, a son of Mrs. A. J. Duncan, had just reached his home at No. 58 Bell avenue when he was notified from his office of the attempted assassination. The news was read at his office in the special edition of a newspaper, and the office was called up for a verification of the report and further information before the sad tidings were telephoned to the president’s nephew. Mr. Duncan was horrorstruck.
He hurried to the home of his mother, and gently as possible acquainted the two sisters of the president of the terrible happening. Tears were shed, but both ladies bore up under the shock and showed much bravery. They had both feared an attempt upon the life of their brother, and their fears were at last awfully realized.
Nothing about the small pretty house indicated that it was the home of the president’s nearest relatives or of the great sorrow being suffered within. The door stood open and rugs and easy chairs were on the porch.
It was hard for the ladies to obtain news of the attempted assassination. They sat within the house, patiently waiting. They knew that their brother had been shot in the breast and abdomen, but they could learn nothing of his condition. They knew not whether he was dead or living. The whole United States was appraised of the sad affair before news reached their home in the East End. At last, at about 6 o’clock, Mr. Will Duncan received word that the president was resting quietly and would probably recover. The news was received with joy, as it was shouted by Mr. Duncan as soon as he reached the door of his mother’s home.
Miss Sarah Duncan, the daughter of the president’s sister, is with the McKinley party in Buffalo. She boarded the special train taking the president, Mrs. McKinley, and several friends to the Pan-American exposition, at the Union depot just as it was about to leave. Mr. Will Duncan left for the bedside of his uncle early last evening. Mrs. Duncan and Miss McKinley also went to Buffalo on Colonel Herrick’s private car, which was attached to the Lake Shore railway train which left here at 7:40 o’clock.