|Birth: ||Aug., 1896|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1934|
Son of Frank B Zaitz Sr. and Mary Bradach Zaitz
Frank Zaitz, Jr., Meets Tragic Death In Automobile Accident Near Avon.
Prominent Young Business Man of Leadville and his Driver Killed When Car Collides with Rear End of Heavy Truck Friday Evening on State Highway.
Frank Zaitz, jr., secretary treasurer of the Frank Zaitz Mercantile company and one of the most prominent young business men of Leadville was instantly killed about 6 o’clock last Friday evening in an automobile accident three miles west of Minturn. Rudolph Kritzman, driver of the Zaitz company’s International truck, died Sunday evening in a Leadville hospital from the injuries which he also received in the accident.
The accident occurred on the wide stretch of surfaced highway where it passes through the old Frank Terril ranch.
Sheriff Murray Wilson was in that part of the county at the time and reached the scene of the accident a few minutes after it occurred, and took charge of the situation until the arrival of Coroner W.L. Conway from Gypsum. Mr. Wilson sent Krizman to the hospital at Minturn and so soon as Coroner Conway had completed his investigation he turned Zaitz’s body over to Coroner and Mortician Robert Walsh of Leadville who with Dr. McDonald of that city had arrived shortly after the news of the tragedy had reached Leadville.
No coroner’s inquest will be held.
Last Tuesday Frank Zaitz, jr., and Rudolph Kritzman, on of the truck drivers for the Zaitz company, left Leadville for Glenwood Springs on a weekly business trip. The Zaitz company not only does a large beer business between Leadville and the Utah line, but is engaged in the wholesale distribution of liquors, cigars, cigarette, candies, etc., They drove the International truck to Glenwood where Zaitz remained over the Fourth of July, visiting his wife and family, who are spending the summer there. He had intended returning home to Leadville on Thursday, but decided to remain over for another day to enjoy a round of golf. On the return trip they stopped in Eagle where Mr. Zaitz had business remaining here for about an hour.
While here Mr. Zaitz, in talking with friends, remarked on how long he had driven cars, and rode in them without even having a single accident. It was within thirty minutes after this that he was dead, killed in an accident that was caused without doubt through excessive speed.
The two men had reached a point about twenty-two miles east of Eagle, and according to a statement of Krizman to the Eagle county officials, were driving at a speed of between sixty and seventy miles an hour. There was a truck ahead of them traveling at a speed of about ten miles an hour and driven by a man named Ball, loaded with over three tons of peaches, from Palisade, bound for Denver. The Zaitz truck plunged into the rear of the big truck and Sheriff Wilson stated that Zaitz must have been killed instantly as a heavy piece of glass was driven into his brain and his body slumped to the floor of the truck. Krizman was thrown to one side.
“Although I reached the scene within twenty-five minutes after the crash I was unable to figure out just how it happened that the Zaitz truck struck the larger one ahead,” Sheriff Wilson said. “The radiator of the Zaitz car hit on the left main stinger of the big truck not quite in the center, but a little to the left. The Zaitz car was badly damaged and the jolt of the collision caused the driver of the big truck to be thrown backward and then forward and he received several bruises on the head.”
Coroner Conway said that from his investigation he believed the Zaitz truck to have been going at a fast rate of speed “between sixty and seventy miles na hour, I should judge.”
News of the accident reached Leadville within fifteen minutes after it occurred; Joe Kerzan, Zaitz’s brother-in-law and closely associated with him in the business, receiving a call from Chris Hick of Minturn. Kerzan immediately notified Coroner Corbett and deputy coroner Robert Walsh, accompanied by Dr. F. J. McDonald, left immediately for the scene of the accident, says Leadville Herald Democrat.
Young Zaitz was one of the foremost business men of Leadville, and the Herald says: “It is hardly possible to put into words the profound feeling of sorrow that prevaded the entire community when people learned of the death of this active young businessman, the only son of the founder of the business, who had taken over, to a large degree, the practical management of its numerous activities. [Published in “The Eagle Valley Enterprise” Eagle, Colorado, Friday, July 13, 1934, page 1]
Mr. Frank Zaitz, prominent grocer and miner of Leadville purchased from the estate of Charles E. Hughes an equity in the mineral baths and the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs in April 1918.
Frank Zaitz Jr., of Leadville is Killed.
Leadville, Colo., - Frank Zaitz, Jr., 35, prominent Leadville businessman, was killed last Friday night in a collision of two trucks near minturn, sixty miles west of here.
The small truck driven by Zaitz struck the rear end of another truck, the authorities reported. Rudolph Krisman, who was with Zaitz, also lost his life. The name of the other driver, who was not injured, was not learned.
Zaitz is survived by his wife and two children.
Mr. Zaitz was well known in Aspen, having many business and personal friend. [Published in the "Aspen Daily Times" Thursday, July 12, 1934 page 1.]
Frank B Zaitz (1868 - 1936)
Mary Bradach Zaitz (1874 - 1938)
Mary A Fink Olds (1901 - 1973)*
Frank J Zaitz (1921 - 1973)*
Joseph Lawrence Zaitz (1923 - 1951)*
June Miriam Zaitz Franzen (1928 - 2003)*
Robert James Zaitz (1930 - 2007)*
Unnamed Son Zaitz*
Frank B Zaitz (1896 - 1934)
Mary F Zaitz Rutkey (1897 - 1984)*
Angelina Zaitz Kerzon (1907 - 1987)*
Francisca Zaitz (1910 - 1910)*
Mount Holy Cross Cemetery
Plot: Holy Cros; Block H; lot 8
Created by: Mark Persons
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
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