Crawford, Wendell Lee (January 28, 1919 - October 4, 1939)

Wendell Crawford Succumbs To

Injuries From Auto Crash Suffers Skull Fracture and Broken Jaw in Sunday Morning Accident

Douglas Budget - October 5, 1939

Wendell Crawford, 20, of Douglas died Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock from injuries received in an automobile accident early Sunday morning. Death was caused by a skull fracture.

The accident which resulted in the death of Crawford occurred Sunday morning between 3 and 3:30 o'clock on the highway west of town about two miles this side of the Boxelder bridge, about 16 miles west of Douglas. Injured also was Adolph Schilling who received a broken leg. Two other occupants of the car, Fred Weller and Lyle Hildebrand, received cuts and bruises but were not injured seriously. Crawford and Weller occupied the front seat of the sedan and the other two youths the rear seat.

The car, said to be driven by Weller crashed into the rear end of an automobile driven by J.P. Cook of Glenrock. Cook and a passenger with him were not injured. Both cars were badly wrecked.

The injured men were brought to Douglas by Walter Reynolds who appeared shortly after the accident. Aside from a fractured skull, Crawford suffered a fracture of both upper and lower jaws, the impact knocking out all of his front teeth.

According to officials, who investigated the accident, the body were returning from a dance at Lost Spring and were taking Schilling to his home at Careyhurst.

Crawford's death is the 77th highway fatality for the state this year as against 80 at this time in 1938. It is the second for Converse county, compared with five last year.

Wendell Lee Crawford was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crawford of Shawnee and Douglas. He was born in Douglas, January 28, 1919. His grade school education was acquired at Shawnee and he attended high school at Douglas, from which he graduated several years ago. Since that time he has been employed as a ranch hand, work for the Cross and Williams ranches and others.

He is survived by his parents, a brother, Merlyn of Douglas and a sister, Mrs. Freda Thatcher of Glenrock. Surviving also are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Crawford of Ottowa, Kan., and grandfather, J.W. Fickle of Sac City, Ia. The latter is here for the funeral.

Burial services will be held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Homer C. Crisman officiating. Interment will be in Douglas Park cemetery.

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