Shiocton, WI Auto Plunges Into River, Mar 1937

SEVEN DROWN AS AUTO DIVES INTO RIVER ICE.

MOTHER, FATHER, FIVE CHILDREN PERISH IN CRASH NEAR SHIOCTON.

TRAPPED IN WATER.

Shiocton, Wis., March 15 (AP) - A mother and father and their five children drowned last night when their automobile missed a bridge, plunged down a 15-foot embankment and broke through the ice of the Wolf River.
The victims were CLARENCE NICHOLS, 35, Oshkosh automobile parts dealer; his wife, CORA, 32; and their children, GILBERT, 9; ELMER, 7; SELBY, 5; JOAN, 3; and MELVIN, 10 months.
They were trapped in the car when it rested upside down on the river bed. The water was just deep enough to cover the automobile. The car was hauled out within 30 minutes and six bodies were found in it. A search was ordered for that of the baby.
Sheriff John F. Lappen of Outagamie County said the missing child apparently had been swept out of the car when it plunged, since one door was open when the machine was raised.
A witness, S. A. Patrick of Lena, told the sheriff he was driving behind the Nichols car and that it was moving at 10 or 15 miles an hour at the time of the mishap. Patrick summoned help and a county highway truck pulled the car out.
Relatives at Bear Creek where the Nichols had visited earlier in the day made the identifications. The bodies were brought to a funeral chapel and Coroner Herbert R. Ellsworth arranged for an inquest.

Rhinelander Daily News Wisconsin 1937-03-15