|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1863|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1930|
LOMIRA CHURCH, DESTINATION OF FAMILY ON CHIRSTMAS EVE, TO BE SCENE
Six persons, a husband and wife, thier son and three of his children, killed Wednesday night when the automobile in which they were driving to a Chrismas Eve church program was demolished by a south-bound Soo line passenger train at the Highway 67 crossing in Lomira will be buried Sunday afternoon at a single service to be held at St. Paul's Lutheran church on Highway 41, a mile south of Lomira.
Victims of the grade crossing accident were: Mr and Mrs. Herman Schultz of Lomira, Harry George Schultz, 41, their son, and his three children, Esther 13, Raymond, 8, and Anita, 4, all of the Town of Ashford.
Mrs. Harry Schultz and her step-son, Edwin, 16, a junior in the Lomira High school are the sole survivors of their family. Both had intended to attend the Christmas Eve program, but the boy was suddenly taken ill and the mother stayed at home with him.
Bodies of the six victims are at the Kietzer funeral parlors in Lomira, where they will remain until the hour of the funeral. Tentative plans for the services were made on Christmas day. A prayer service will probably be held at the funeral home, from where the bodies will be removed to the little church, which seats only approximately 150 persons. Following the service burial will take place in the cemetery adjoining the church.
PROBE IS STARTED
A formal investigation of the tragedy was started Christmas morning by Dodge County authorities. A coroner's jury composed of * *. Tolzman, E.L. Tolzman, *.*. Klein, Henry Yankow, Matt ****** and Arthur Enderle, all residents of Lomira and vicinity, was impaneled and adjourned until Tuesday at 2 p.m. after viewing the bodies of the victims and visiting the scene of the accident.
The formal inquest will be held in the village hall in Lomira. Authorities learned today that Edwin Harder, Standard Oil company manager at Janesvile, on the way to visit his parents in Campbellsport, was apparently the only witness to the accident. He said that he was traveling east on Highway 67 and saw the Schultz car skid down the hill. He did not hear the crash, he said, but he saw the train pass the crossing. When he reached the crossing he found the wreckage and the bodies and went to nearby churches to summon help.
Christmas in nearly a dozen homes in the village and nearby communities was turned into a sad holiday by the tragedy. At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schultz in Lomira, there was a brightly decorated Christmas tree with numerous gift packages piled around it, some of them for the victims of the accident. In the kitchen were the materials for a holiday feast, as the parents had planned to have their children and their grandchildren spend Christmas with them.
Survivors of the victims gathered at the home of Hubert Schultz in the Town of Lomira on Christmas morning. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schultz and lives on the family homestead. There was a Christmas tree there for the children but it had been hidden away.
East on the same highway is the home of Harry Schultz, where the tragedy struck its hardest blow. In the parlor was an untrimmed Christmas tree. Gifts had been put away. In one of the downstairs bedrooms was the mother, grief-stricken, with relatives and friends at her side seeking to comfort her.
There were similar scenes in the homes of the other survivors, two sisters, Mrs. Meta Behm in the Town of Lomira, and Mrs. Irene Scheid in Campbellsport.
The accident in which the six were killed occurred Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at a place known as Hankwitz's crossing.
Harry Schultz and his three children had left their home after eating an early supper. The father and the children went to Lomira where they met Mr and Mrs. Herman Schultz, who were to go with them to the Christmas program in which the children were to take part.
When the group left for St. Paul's church it is believed that Harry Schultz and two of his children were sitting in the front seat of the sedan, while the other child sat in the rear set with his grandparents. They drove south from the grandparents home and turned west on Highway 67, which slopes down to the railroad crossing.
The highway was covered with ice at the approach to the tracks. There is a warning sign at the crossing as well as an automatic signal but Soo line passenger No.2, in charge of Engineer A. Benedict and Conductor John Anderson, both of Fond du Lac, was running behind schedule and it is believed that the driver of the car thought that the train had passed. When he saw the train approaching, authorities said, he probably applied the brakes on his car, causing the machine to skid on the track.
The locomotive struck the center of the automobile throwing it into a ditch nearly 30 feet away. Members of the engine crew said that they did not see the car until just before it was struck. The train was brought to a quick stop and members of the crew and passengers went to two churches less than a block from the crossing to summon help. Christmas services in both were temporarily interrupted while several men left to render aid. Among those who assisted were Henry Yankee, former commander of the Fond du Lac Spanish American War Veterans post. M.C. Tolzman, Edwin Tolzman, Matt Zimmerman, M. W. Balthazer and Arthur Enderle.
They found the bodies of the six strewn along the ditch for a distance of approximately 100 feet. One of the children had been thrown against a barbed wire fence.
THROWN AGAINST POLE
Another had been hurled against a telephone pole. All of the victims had been thrown out of the automobile, the wreckage of which was found scattered over a wide area.
Physicians and Dodge county authorities were summoned. They said that the six persons had probably been killed instantly. All had their necks broken. The six bodies were taken to the Lomira undertaking parlors, while Soo line officials and sheriff's officials took measurements of the crossing.
Some person went to St. Paul's church and notified Otto Behm, whose wife's parents and brother were among the victims of the tragedy. He did not tell his wife immediately and the Christmas program continued. Then the names of the two older Schultz children were called. It was the signal for them to present their part to the program. There was no response and a hushed whisper went though the church. It was the first intimation that Mrs. Behm had of the tragedy. She fainted and had to be carried from the church. After that the program continued.
When the Christmas programs in the Lomira churches came to a close practically every person who had attended the service went to the scene of the accident. Hundreds of others, scores of them from nearby communities visited the scene on Christmas day. The wreckage of the automobile was still in the ditch.
August J Schultz (1809 - 1892)
Wilhelmine Jungtow Schultz (1827 - 1887)
Sophia H Nagel Schultz (1861 - 1930)
Harry George Schultz (1889 - 1930)*
Herbert Schultz (1891 - 1891)*
Irene Amanda Schultz Scheid (1892 - 1997)*
Meta Rufina Ester Schultz Behm (1894 - 1981)*
Hubert Herman Schultz (1897 - 1956)*
Saint Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
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