Deerbrook, WI Train - Automobile Wreck, Aug 1935
William Bentley, Deerbrook and Charles Richter of Berwyn Illinois victims.
Two men were killed instantly this noon when the car they were riding in struck a north bound Chicago and Northwestern passenger train at Deerbrook.
The dead, William Bentley, 75, pioneer Deerbrook settler and Charles Richter, Berwyn, Illinois, Printing Press plant at Chicago.
The crash occurred on a driveway into the Bentley home in the village of Deerbrook. The car a Willys-Knight sedan was carried for about 600 feet before the train came to a stop. The bodies of both men were thrown clear from the wreckage.
Richter and his wife is the Daughter of Mrs. Anna Petrzelka, Deerbrook, were visiting friends and relatives in Deerbrook the past week.
Bentley and Richter were going fishing, it was reported, and were returning to the Bentley home for fishing tackle. The men evidently didn't hear the whistle and didn't see the coming train. They were probably talking to each other.
The train pulled by a gas-electric motor coach, struck the car directly in the center. It hooked solidly onto the front of the coach and tore up ties as it was carried by the train.
Richter, his body badly smashed, was dragged about 350 feet after the crash. Bentley was thrown about 400 feet beyond the crossing.
Charles Durkee, Ironwood Michigan was the conductor of the train. A. L. Erdman, Antigo Wisconsin was the engineer. The train was composed of only one passenger car, besides the motor coach.
Many Deerbrook residents saw the accident. Stunned by the crash, they didn't know what to do for a time.
Coroner Jake Linlge and Sheriff Brack Gillespie was called immediately. The bodies were picked up and taken to Antigo. Officers said a thorough investigation would be made of the wreck.
Richter had recently returned from an airplane trip to California. He is survived by his wife and two daughters Mildred 17 and Mrs. Frank Karnek 19 of Chicago. Mrs. Karnek was married this summer.
Bentley is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Kaplanek, Chicago and one son, Erwin of Deerbrook. His wife died a few years ago. One son, Ralph died a number of years ago. Bentley ran the hotel at Deerbrook a number of years.
Article from the Antigo Daily Journal 8 August 1935.