Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Birmingham recall: Ella May Harris, age 7, loses both arms in Norwood

Ella May Harris, 7 years old, lost both her arms in an accident involving a streetcar in 1911.

The incident occurred in Norwood, and involved a streetcar operated by the Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Company, according to press reports from the time.

Harris’ family would receive the largest out-of court settlement for a personal accident in circuit court history, just over $300,000.

“Birmingham recall” is a series of ongoing articles documenting notable events in the city’s past. Each weekday, check back to see another event from Magic City’s past.

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