|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1925|
Article in Ironwood Daily Globe;
October 25, 1925:
"In one of the most peculiar motor car accidents in the annals of Gogebic county, two young men of Ironwood met death last night by drowning in a drainage ditch alongside the county highway between Bessemer and Ramsay.
The victims were Uno Jokinen, 18 year old son of Mrs. ___ Jokinen of 433 East Pine Street, and Renholt Anderson, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Anderson of 417 East Houk street.
The automobile was driven by Anderson and when it was overturned in the ditch, both were pinned under the car and drowned before assisstence could be given. The accident is believed to have occured shortly after 9:30, for it was only about 15 minutes later that the overturned vehicle was seen alongside the road, which led to the discovery of their bodies.
The story of how the accident occured will probably never be known. So far, Coroner John B. Chappell has not been unable to find any eyewitnesses to the accident. The young men had not been pinned more than ten or fifteen minutes, however, before their plight was discovered it is believed.
George H. Nolan, trainmaster for the Soo Line was one of the first men to reach the scene and it was purely accidental that he turned back to see what was wrong with the automobile he saw alongside the road. He said the accident must have occured more than 15 minutes before he reached the scene, for he had driven to Wakefield with his family and did not see an overturned car on his east bound trip.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Nolan saw the overturned automobile and decided to turn back. When he got there the car was in about four feet of water and the headlights were burning under the water. The hand of one of the young men protruded from the car. It was then that Mr. Nolan made the gruesome discovery that someone was pinned under the automobile.
Summoning help, Mr. Nolan sent for a wrecking machine in Bessemer and soon after other motorists gathered at the scene and the bodies were taken out of the water. It was with difficulty that they were taken out, however, as the rescuers had to work in water in order to reach them.
The discovery of a powder puff floating on the water led to the belief that there were young women in the automobile, but a continued search did not reveal the bodies of any girls.
Efforts to resuscitate the young men were unavailing. They had been in the water too long for life to be brought back.
While details of the accident may never be known, it is believed that the driver lost control of his car while driving in an easterly direction and that the automobile crossed the road and overturned on the left hand side of the road.
The bodies were taken to the McKevitt-Chappell-Patrick Co. morgue last night and will be taken to the homes of the sorrowing families some time this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
Examination of the bodies at the morgue this morning revealed there were no bruises on the bodies, an indication that drowning caused the death and that had the car overturned in a dry ditch they would have escaped death.
Jokinen is survived by the mother, a widow, one sister and two brothers-Laila, George and Ol___, all of whom live at home. Anderson is survived by the parents and several brothers and sisters."
Ironwood Daily Globe; October 17, 1925:
Services at Swedish Zion Lutheran Church
Double funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon for the late Uno Jokinen and Renhold Anderson at the Swedish Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mr. Wiskari and the Rev. Mr. Benander officiated and burial was made in Riverside.
The two men were the victims of an automobile accident which occured Tuesday night when the car in which they were riding overturned in a ditch in four feet of water.
Pallbearers for Mr. Anderson included John Nyman, Clifford Swanson, Hugo Satterlund, John Sendick, Carl Wilson and Emil Anderson. Emil Ohman, Walter Mattson, Oscar Erickson, Hugo Anderson, Oscar Anderson, William Swanbeck, Arvid Rhenlund and Leonard Bergman were the flower bearers. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Anderson; and four sisters, Mrs. George Brown, Mrs. Peter Warichek, Mrs. Gust Sell, and Miss Emily Anderson; and three brothers, a twin, Edwin, and Arthur and Martin Anderson.
The two men had been employed at the Pabst mine.
Created by: Kari Venden Waterbury
Record added: Jan 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 12929138
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