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Roberta Yagerline Van Sickle
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1891
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1918
Summit County
Ohio, USA

Roberta was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Klein) Yeagerline.

Roberta married Floyd Van Sickle on September 17, 1909 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They had one daughter, Charlotte.

Roberta died as a result of an accident on a roller coaster.

Newspaper Accounts:

We are indebted to C.C. Yagerlehner for the following account of the death of his niece, who had moved to Akron, Ohio, a week before the tragic accident, which was the first serious accident that has ever occurred in the Yagerlehner family. Mrs. Robert [sic Roberta] Van Sickle was the oldest daughter of George F. Yagerlehner and was 26 years old. Mr. and Mrs. VanSickle with a party of friends were amusing themselves by making trips over a new giant roller coaster styled "Over the Top," at Akron, Ohio. The men and the children had just finished a trip. The ladies had just started over the top on their trip and the car was plunging downward when a forward wheel broke, causing the car to leave the rail and plunge about 50 feet to the earth, killing three and fatally wounding several others. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapolis, Wednesday afternoon. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Grandmother Yagerlehner and Mr. and Mrs. John Yagerlehner from Clay City Clay City News.

"Death," Brazil Weekly Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 24 July 1918, p. 4, col. 4; digital image, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 28 December 2013).

Akron, Ohio Three person were killed, and three fatally injured and eight seriously hurt when a train on "Over the Top" a giant roller plunged 50 feet to the ground at the local amusement park last night. The front wheels of the first car broke while making the ascent where the thriller commences. The crowd yelled in derision as the passengers frantically called for help. An infant in its mother's arms escaped injury.
The dead and injured are: Mrs. Roberta W. Van Sickle, Ralph L. King, of Akron, and General Bailey, Tariff, W. Va.
Probably fatally injured: Clyde Keen, address unknown; Otis Smith, Akron; Dennis Glassford, Rockport, N. Y.; Harvey Biggins, formerly of Athens, Ohio, was injured.
The body of Mrs. Van Sickle, who recently moved here with her husband and child will be taken to the home of her parents in Indianapolis.

"Three Killed When Roller Coaster Drops," Lima Daily News (Lima, Ohio), 8 July 1918, p. 2, col. 4; digital image, ( : 28 December 2013).
Family links: 
  George Franklin Yagerline (1864 - 1949)
  Louisa Elizabeth Klein Yagerline (1867 - 1931)
  Floyd William Van Sickle (1892 - 1968)
  Charlotte Mae McConnell (1912 - 2005)*
  William Otto Yagerline (1890 - 1960)*
  Roberta Yagerline Van Sickle (1891 - 1918)
  Robert Christian Yegerline (1896 - 1972)*
  Louis Albert Yagerline (1902 - 1941)*
  Laura Mae Yagerline Davisson (1904 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Crown Hill Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec 47 Lot 371
GPS (lat/lon): 39.82397, -86.16506
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Record added: Jun 27, 2009
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