Bio: Van Winkle, William T. (Accident - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Van Winkle, Frantz
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) April 30, 1953
Winkle, William T. (Accident - 1953)
Motor of 800 lbs. is hurled 40 feet - Wreckage
flies wildly as salesman hits a culvert east of city on U.S.
10 - A motor and its accessory attachments were hurled more than 40
feet when the car of William T. Van Winkle hit the concrete wall of
a culvert on U.S. 10 Sunday evening. The motor weighed about
800 lbs. It rolled and skidded from the point of impact,
crossed the concrete and the shoulder, and came to a stop in the
Van Winkle’s big car, a 1951 Buick, took a wild course prior
to the impact, hitting the north ditch 420 feet east of the
culvert, rushed across the concrete and hit the culvert wall on the
south side of the road with its front right. The hood of the
car flew to the south, the motor was hurled to the northeast, the
car itself swung around crazily and stopped west of the culvert,
pointing to the northeast. Mr. Van Winkle was thrown to the
pavement west of the culvert.
Winkle lives - Mr. Van Winkle, an advertising salesman residing in
Foster, near Osseo, sustained a multiple fracture of the right arm,
two or more broken ribs, a heavy bruise on the forehead and
lacerations on the hands. He was cared for at the Neillsville
hospital until Wednesday morning, when he was taken to Eau Claire
for surgery on his arm.
accident was investigated by Harry Frantz, traffic officer.
He found two drivers, who had been passed by Van Winkle and who
estimated his speed at 90 miles per hour. That is the
estimate of others who saw what had happened to his car. Mr.
Van Winkle told the officers that he had no recollection of what
had happened. One conjecture is that he may have fallen
Fatal Crash There - The culvert hit by the Van Winkle car is 200 or 300 feet west of the Schmidt cheese factory. It was the scene of a fatal accident July 30, 1950, when a car driven by James Martiny of Antigo and carrying Roland Evenson as a passenger, hit the east wall of the culvert. Mr. Martiny was killed instantly. Mr. Evanson suffered injuries, chiefly cuts about the head, but made a good recovery.
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