Call, W. Bradford (Unknown - October 20, 1937)

Bradford Call Is Killed In

Automobile Accident Was Soldier Stationed at Fort Cook NATIVE SON OF DOUGLAS Death Comes Instantly as Coupe He Was Driving Crashed Into Cattle Truck

Douglas Budget - October 21, 1937

W. Bradford Call, aged 27 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Call of Douglas, was instantly killed early Wednesday morning, when the light car he was driving crashed into a cattle truck. He was a soldier with Company B, Seventeenth Infantry, stationed at Fort Crook, near Omaha. The accident occurred on the Iowa side of the river, shortly after he had crossed the South Omaha bridge.

Bradford Call was born and raised in Douglas. He attended the public schools here and was a graduate of the Converse County High School. About three years ago he enlisted in the army at Fort Francis E. Warren at Cheyenne and a year ago was transferred to the Seventeenth at Ft. Crook. It was understood that his enlistment was about to expire.

Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made. The body is expected to arrive this afternoon from Omaha and if it does the funeral services will be held at the Hofmann Chapel Friday afternoon at 2:30.

The Omaha World-Herald has the following story of the accident:

Death tragically ended plans for an early wedding when W.B. Call, 27, a private of Company B. Fort Crook, was killed instantly early this morning in a head-on collision on the South Omaha bridge road near the Manawa road intersection on the Iowa side.

"Miss Marian Elder, 23, of Ninth street and Avenue A, Council Bluffs, revealed she and Call had planned to be married soon. Hi next pay check was to have been used to buy the wedding ring. They had been engaged more than a year, she said.

"Call was killed when the car he was driving was in collision with the cattle truck of Kermit Johnson of Shenandoah, Ia., at 2:40 a.m. Speeding east, the automobile suddenly swerved into the truck, cutting the passenger vehicle nearly in two and throwing the driver 25 feet through the air. Two steers in the truck were killed. The others escaped.

"Johnson suffered a minor leg injury. Two passengers in his truck, Paul Patterson and Glen Lawson, both of Shenandoah, escaped uninjured.

"Coroner Tom Belford is investigating. There probably will be no inquest. The body is at the Beem-Belford mortuary in Council Bluffs."


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