On this day in 1911, 7-year-old Ella May Harris lost both her arms in a streetcar accident.
The incident occurred in Norwood, and involved a streetcar operated by the Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Company, according to press reports from the time.
Months later, in 1911, Harris’ family would secure the largest out-of-court settlement for a personal injury in the circuit court’s history: just over $300,000 in today’s dollars.
“Birmingham recall” is a series of ongoing articles documenting notable events in the city’s past. Check back each weekday to recall another event in Magic City history.