From the front page of The High Point Enterprise
Saturday, October 4, 1913
Headline: A. W. Hughes of Thomasville Killed By Auto Accident
Mr. Alonzo W. Hughes, a leading citizen of Thomasville, met death this morning
about 11:30 in an auto accident when driving a Ford touring car. It turned over with him,
crushing his skull, almost instant death resulting.
Mr. Hughes had entered an auto race -- racing against time. He was using his own
car, a four-passenger Ford car touring (sic), when the car became in some way
unmanageable. It swerved out of its regular course, and in trying to right the car, it struck
a sandy place in the road and turned over. A singular feature of the accident is the car
turned over twice, righting itself.
The entire left side of his head was crushed in.
Mr. Hughes located in Thomasville about 4 years ago and was one of the most
prominent and successful citizens. He was at the head of Hughes-Peace Lumber Co. He
was also a member of the city council. The accident occurred in view of thousands of
people who went to Thomasville to celebrate Everybody's Day. Mr Hughes would have
won the race.
The accident occurred just as he was passing under the flag. The accident
happened near the Methodist parsonage.
Deceased is survived by a wife and several children. He was 30 years of age.
Copy of clipping furnished 1-17-01 by Jeri Chilcutt