Bio: Kissling, Theodore (9 July 1931)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Kissling, Kurth, Wolf, Rath, Lauer, Schiller

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 9 July 1931


Car Entering Highway 10 at Kurth’s Corner Wrecked

This community was shocked and saddened Tuesday when the news spread that an auto collision at Kurth’s Corner four miles east of Neillsville on no. 10, had resulted in the death of Theodore Kissling, a prominent citizen of the town of Washburn.

According to reports Mr. Kissling was coming to Neillsville, driving north to the junction of No. 10; Julius Wolf was riding with him. As they approached Highway 10 at Kurth’s Corners a car driven by a Mr. Lauer of the town of Lynn, was coming from the west on No. 10. The contour of the land and the buildings on the Kurth Farm make it difficult for auto drivers to see one another near the corners. Mr. Lauer states that at the rate Mr. Kissling was driving as he saw him coming back some distances, he decided that he could not or did not intend to stop at eh concrete, but would go across No. 10 and his own car being under considerable headway Mr. Lauer decided to turn to the right and cut around the rear of Mr. Kissling’s car. Mr. Kissling however had stopped at the concrete or with his front wheels slightly on it and had probably backed up a foot or two. Mr. Lauer’s car struck the Kissling car in the left rear wheel, whirling Mr. Kissling’s car around and tipping it over, Lauer’s car going on into the ditch.

Mrs. Wm. Kurth heard the crash and called Mr. Kurth and others soon gathered. Mr. Kissling was unconscious, Mr. Wolf quite badly stunned and bruised and Mr. Lauer pretty well shaken up. Dr. Rath of Granton was called and W. F. Schiller, who had been on a trip to Marshfield with his ambulance, came along and to Mr. Kissling to Dr. Rath’s office in Granton.

It was found that his skull was fractured and that he was gradually dying. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. and Mr. Kissling passed away just before 8 p.m. The body was brought to the Schiller Funeral Home to be prepared for burial. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Rev. Buth’s church in the town of Grant.

A complete obituary will be published next week.



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