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Conduct Rites For Accident Victim...1938


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Date: 12/4/2020 at 03:59:47

Bloomfield Democrat Newspaper
8 December 1938

Conduct Rites For Accident Victim Today

Mrs. Joseph Harmon, Near Milton Killed In Car Wreck

Funeral rites for Mrs. Joseph Harmon, 65, of near Milton, who was killed in an automobile wreck near the Steuben school, southeast of Bloomfield, Tuesday afternoon, were held this afternoon, at Milton. The service was held at the Methodist church with burial at the South Prairie Chapel cemetery.

Death came almost instantaneously for Mrs. Harmon when the car in which she was riding upset into a ditch near the curve at the Steuben corner. According to the accident report, a car driven by Mrs. K.A. Wurz of Farmington, passed the Harmon car, both machines going east. Apparently Mrs. Wurz came back onto the right side of the highway too quickly, her car striking the left front wheel of the Harmon car, which was turned around by the impact and upset in the ditch. The Harmon car was a model T ford touring. Mrs. Harmon, who received a broken neck, was riding alone in the back seat. Mr. Harmon, his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Bickel and granddaughter, Geraldine Bickel were riding in the front seat.

Mrs. Bickel and her daughter were treated for injuries in Bloomfield, Geraldine receiving a broken nose in the mishap. Mr. Harmon escaped unhurt.

This is the second highway fatality in Davis county this year. Just five weeks before, Ellas McDowell was killed instantly, when his car sideswiped a stock truck, less than a mile east of the place where Mrs. Harmon met her death.

The Harmons and Bickels had been in Bloomfield Tuesday afternoon, having brought Mrs. D.E. Bradbury here and were on their way home when the tragic accident happened.

Mrs. Harmon was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Brumley and had been a lifelong resident of the Milton community. Surviving her are her husband; daughter, Mrs. Bickel and four grandchildren.

Dr. C.E. Fenton, coroner, said no inquest would be held. Although no charges have been filed ... ties indicted the probability that a reckless driving charge would be filed against Mrs. Wurz.

Source: "The Hazel Stanford Obituary Collection", Pg. 94, Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA


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