Wisconsin Auto Deaths, May 1928

Holiday Accidents Claim 9 Lives in State



(By the Associated Press)

Warm weather and a holiday, with roads crowded with motorists, brought an accident death toll of nine to Wisconsin, on Memorial Day.

Automobiles figured in all but one of the accidents. The pleasant day brought hundreds of motorists on to the roads and many minor accidents were reported.

The Dead.

The dead are:

William Fischer, 18, of Reedsville, Manitowoc County
Fred J. Christiansen, 45, of Racine
Mrs. Arthur Bouffard, 28, of Appleton
Charles Aple, 48, of Wentworth, Wis.
George Nelson, Chicago
Miss Bessie Imrie of Lake Mills, Wis.
John Nerad, 10, of Milwaukee
Peter Leig, 45, of Shawano
Miss Imrie and Mrs. Bouffard died as a result of injuries received in accidents earlier in the week. Mrs. Bouffard was the second to die following an automobile accident near Green Bay in which Mrs. Arthur Stewart, Green Bay, was killed.

Car Hits Pole

Fischer was killed when his car ran into a telephone pole while attempting to pass a truck. Mr. Christianson's car went off the road near Rochester, Racine County, and friends who were with him said it was forced off by another auto.

Aple was struck by an automobile driven by Joseph Sawyer of Superior at Wentworth and Nelson was killed when his car overturned in a ditch near Silver Lake. The Nerad boy was struck by a car as he ran onto a Milwaukee street.

Lieg died in a hospital here today of injuries received when he was run down by a street car on a downtown street Wednesday night.

To Probe Boy's Death

An inquest into the death of Anthony Voss, 12, of Appleton, who was struck late Wednesday night by an automobile driven by Melvin Knox, Kaukauna youth, was ordered today.

Knox, authorities were told, returned after he had driven a distance past the spot his car struck the boy, to learn the boy had been taken to a hospital where he died a few hours later. Knox then reported to police.

Nat Scherenbach, 28, who tried to flag a Soo Line train to save his automobile and was run down, is in the Memorial hospital Burlington, in a critical condition. Scherenbach's car stalled on the tracks west of Waterford Tuesday night, and he attempted to flag an approaching train. The engineer did not see him, and Scherenbach was hurled aside.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 31 May 1928