In 1913, in front of the Ahlstrom Piano factory on East Second Street in Jamestown, was the scene of an accident which came so close to causing the death of little Verna, the 7-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ewing, that bystanders who saw the affair could hardly believe it possible when the child was found to be practically uninjured. The child was on the sidewalk watching a funeral procession go by. Suddenly, she decided to cross the street and ran from the curb. Just at that moment an auto driven by Charles Swanson, the contractor, came up the other side of the street. The child and the automobile came together without either having time to stop or turn aside. The child was knocked to the pavement and the machine appeared to have run over her. Several rushed out to pick her up and to their surprise, she scrambled to her feet, screaming wildly. It was found that the heavy machine had passed over her without touching her. Swanson, however, was almost overcome by the accident.