Ballard, Mary Ann (June 15, 1918 - September 29, 1938)


AUTOMOBILE CRASH Eastern Hitchhiker Fatally Injured in Same Wreck

Douglas Budget - October 6, 1938

Miss Mary Ann Ballard daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Ballard of Douglas, met death last Thursday night at about 7 o'clock on the highway about six miles south of Wheatland, when the car in which she was riding crashed the rear of a truck. Death was instantaneous.

A hitchhiker, W. Edmund Thompson, 31, of Roanoke. W. Val, riding in the rear seat of the car, died in a Wheatland hospital eight hours later from injuries received in the crash.

Keith Cashner, who was driving sustained bruises and cuts about the face but was not seriously injured.

Henry C. Van Henkelom of Guernsey, owner and driver of the truck, said his lights had suddenly gone out. He had stopped to put out flares, he is reported to have said, but before he had time to do the job, Cashner, blinded by approaching cars, struck the right rear of the truck which was high enough for a part of the hood to pass under. Miss Ballard, who was riding in the right front seat was crushed by the bed of the truck.

The death car belonged to Forrest Ballard, brother of Mary Ann. He was on his way to Casper. It is reported, when he picked up Thompson, who was hitchhiking to Missolua (sic), Mont. A few miles north of Chugwater he met his sister and Cashner riding a motorcycle. He volunteered to ride the motorcycle and turned his car over to them. He road on ahead and did not know of the accident until he reached Wheatland, it is reported.

Mary Ann Ballard was twenty years of age. She was born at Montrose, Kan., June 15, 1918, and when a young girl came to Douglas with her parents. She had made her home here since that time, attending the grade schools and graduating from Converse County High School in 1936. She became a member of the Baptist church four years ago. She was popular with many of the younger set and the entire community mourns her untimely death.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Ballard, and two brothers, Dale and Forrest.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. J.M. Falconer officiating. Burial was in Park cemetery.


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