Easton Express, October 16, 1948, page 10
Girl, 9, Killed By Falling Tree near Bethlehem
A nine-year-old girl was killed yesterday when she was stuck by a falling
tree near her home on the Nazareth-Bethlehem pike, Bethlehem, R.D.
1 yesterday afternoon.
The victim, Geraldine Beam, daughter of mr. and Mrs. Selden Beam,
and her sister, Nancy Joyce, were on an embankment, watching workmen
chop down a tree. As the tree started to topple, the girl ran into
its path. She was rushed to St. Luke's Hosptial, Fountain Hill, and
was pronounced dead on arrival there.
William Kunsman, on whose farm the accident happened, was chopping
down the tree, He was assisted by three boys, Harold Moser, Harvey
Mann and Donald Grube.
Kunsman had placed a wedge in the hewed out tree to direct its fall
into a field. state police of the Bethlehem station were told. They
also were informated the girl ran down the bank despite warning cries
by Kunsman and the three boys. Dr. Russell Rinker, of Bethlehem, deputy
coroner of Lehigh County, said that her skull was fractured.