Charles H. Craven
Pennsylvania Motor Police
Years of Service: 8 years
Cause of Death: Struck by Motor vehicle
Date of Incident:
October 8, 1938
Date of Death:
October 11, 1938
Craven was born on July 19, 1906, at Emporium, Pennsylvania.
He enlisted in the State Highway Patrol from Emporium on October 2, 1930, and was assigned
to Troop A, Harrisburg. Private Craven was 24 years old and 5'11½" tall.
At 11:50 p.m. on October 8, 1938, Private Craven and Private Joseph M. Williams were on US
Route 30, four miles east of Gettysburg, checking motor vehicles for identification. The
Troopers had two vehicles stopped and left their patrol car to check the operators out. A
car driven by a Hanover resident struck both Craven and Williams. It then hit the patrol
car before coming to a rest in a ditch. Privates Craven and Williams were taken to Annie
M. Warner Hospital in Gettysburg. Private Williams was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Craven died three days later on October 11.
Private Craven is buried in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. He was survived by his
wife, Mrs. Charles H. Craven, of Blossburg.
At 32, Craven had completed eight years of
Pennsylvania Motor Police service.
This was the Department's first double tragedy
resulting from a motor vehicle accident.