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Prall, Thaddeus Edmond, Jr. (1868-1920)


Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/27/2017 at 22:14:01

The Atlantic News Telegraph
Atlantic, Iowa
November 8, 1920


Atlantic Man Killed In Minnesota Was Learning to Drive. Pinned under Car—Son’s Shoulder Fractured.

Inexperience in driving, and a dangerous corner, were the fatal combination responsible for the death of Thaddeus Edmund [Edmond} Prall, former Atlantic man, who was killed Thursday morning in an automobile accident near Ada, Minn. The particulars of the fatality were leaned upon the arrival of Mrs. Prall and her daughter, Miss Florence, on No. 5 yesterday, accompanying the remains to this city.

Mr. Prall had his neck broken and was instantly killed when his car ran off a bridge, and overturned pinning him and his son, Clyde, aged 14, underneath. The latter suffered a broken collarbone.

Slowed Down For Bridge.

The Prall family had moved from the farm they have been occupying, to a place ten miles distant, and Mr. Prall and Clyde were one their way back to the old home to get a few of their belongings which had been left behind. The father, who was driving, had but recently ventured to run the car, and upon reaching the bridge at a dangerous turn in the road, he slowed down as much as possible. It is thought he lost control in a moment of nervous fright, and the machine pitched off the bridge, landing at the side of the water, with the two pinned under the wreckage.

The horn rested upon the ground in such a way that it blew a continuous blast, and this with the cries of the men as the car left the bridge, attracted neighbors to the rescue. When the weight was lifted it was found that life in the father was already extinct. The body, and the injured son were removed to the home of neighbors, and the family notified. Clyde’s injury was dressed an he is now recovering from its effects and from the shock of the accident, at the home of a neighbor,

Funeral Tomorrow.

The funeral service has been arranged for tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock from the Methodist church, of which the deceased was a member, and the interment will be in the Atlantic cemetery. The Rev. F. W. Simpson will officiate.

NOTE FROM CONTRIBUTOR: Thaddeus Prall was born January 28, 1868 and died November 4, 1920

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