A copy of the following article, hand-identified as coming from the Old Settler Historical Association Reports, 1910, was found in the Lowell Public Library's clipping files. This particular event was hand-dated 1906.:
Early in September occurred an automobile accident, perhaps the first in the county resulting in death. Asa Bullock, Esq., a lawyer of Hobart, was passing in a buggy to attend court at Crown Point and not far from Merrillville met one of those vehicles which so many yet dread. His horse was frightened, his buggy was overturned, he was thrown into a roadside ditch, a limb was broken, other injuries inflicted, and he died. Many are deprived of the use, or at least of the comfortable use of the improved roads of the county, because of these headlong rushing machines called automobiles. It is a matter of observation, and can be recorded without hesitation, that some who use them pay very little regard to the rights of others. Seven of these automobiles are now owned in Crown Point.