|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1916|
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1952|
'Second Worst' Car Crash
Continues Under Probe
HOLDEN, Millard County (Special)—Investigation was continuing Tuesday into the two-car collision Monday two miles north of here that claimed the lives of six persons.
The head-on crash of the automobiles on icy U. S. Highway 91 on Scipio Summit was the second worst traffic tragedy in the state involving only automobiles.
William M. Mitchell Sr., 40, Murray; Mrs. Eva Margaret Mitchell 37, his wife; William Mack Mitchell Jr., 16, their son; Arvid H. Wahlen Sr.; 73, Murray; Carl Job Boore, 23, and Richard L. Whitworth, 23, both of Orange Grove, Cal.
Two Mitchell children, Pamela, 3, and Dennis, 8, were treated at Fillmore Latter-day Saints Hospital and then transferred to St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City where they were reported in "fair" condition.
The boy suffered a fractured arm and clavicle and head lacerations. The girl received a broken rib and possible other injuries.
Arvid H. Wahlen Sr. was born March 27, 1878, in Westmanland, Sweden, a son of John Olaf Hjort and Wilhelmina Westland Hjort. He took the name Wahlen through the Swedish army.
Mr. Wahlen married Augusta Olson Nov. 16, 1897, in Westmanland. The couple came to the United States with three sons in 1903 as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They settled in Murray upon coming to Salt Lake Valley and have lived there ever since.
He was retired July, 1951, after working for the United States Smelting Refining and Mining Co. in Midvale 43 years. He was superintendent of the bag house of the company there for six years.
He was an active member of the South Grant LDS Ward of
the Cottonwood Stake.
Survivors are his widow, seven sons and two daughters. They are Edwin Wahlen and Mrs. Eugene (Melba) Nelson, Murray; Arvid Wahlen Jr., Mrs. Jess (Edith) Hovey, Howard G. Wahlen, Salt Lake City; Ralph Wahlen, and Wallace Wahlen, Richland, Washington; Jack Wahlen, South Gate, Cal., and Almo Wahlen, Lynnwood, Cal. He is also survived by 38 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Eva Margaret Mitchell was born April 15, 1914, in Murray, a daughter of Arvid H. Wahlen Sr. and Augusta Olson Wahlen.
She was married to William Mack Mitchell in Salt Lake City, Feb. 22, 1934. She was graduated from Murray High School and the seminary in 1933.
Active in Church
Mrs. Mitchell was an active LDS member and had been a room mother at Liberty Elementary School for the Parent-Teacher Assn.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Mitchell, 3, and a son, Dennis, 8.
William M. Mitchell was born Nov. 10, 1914, in Bingham, a son of John William Mitchell and Sarah Ann Conary Mitchell. He lived in Bingham until he married.
Mr. Mitchell was a butcher in Murray for a number of years and later worked as a contractor.
Survivors include six brothers and a sister. They are John and Bert Mitchell and Mrs. Edith Mitchell Santasteven, Copperton; Kenneth and Tom Mitchell, Salt Lake City; Fay Mitchell, Bingham, and A. E. Mitchell, Los Altos, Cal.
William Mack Mitchell Jr., was born Jan. 11, 1936, in Murray, a son of William Mack Mitchell and Eva Margaret Mitchell.
He was active in school work and was president of his class from the 6th through 8th grades. He was on the first string of the junior varsity football and basketball teams while attending Murray High School. He was a sophomore at the time of his death.
Source-The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday, March 26, 1952
Arvid John Wahlen (1877 - 1952)
William Mack Mitchell (1914 - 1952)
William Mack Mitchell (1936 - 1952)*
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
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