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Bryce Stickney
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1919
Van Buren County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1934
Kalamazoo County
Michigan, USA

contributed by K. Clinard

The Hartford Day Spring, June 6, 1934





Norman Kabel Is Rushed to Hospital With Broken Back and Other Serious Hurts - Three Escaped as Dark Truck Crashed

A motor crash in the dar, as the unlighted farm truck on which they were riding struck a parked car at the side of the road at 10:30 last Friday night, took the life of Bryce Stickney, 16, sophomore and "A" student in the Hartford high school, and sent Norman Kabel, 15, to Borgess hospital at Kalamazoo with a broken back and fractured pelvic bone.

The fatal crash was the tragic ending of a swimming party at Shafer lake, from which the two victims and three companions were returning to their farm homes in southeast Hartford, only a short distance from the lake.

The three companions who were riding in the truck seat and who escaped with minor hurts, were Edson Stickney, an older brother of the dead boy who was driving the truck, Miss Inez Stickney, a sister, and Walter Lee, a neighbor youth.

The swimmers planned to return before dark, knowing that the lights on the truck were out of order, but had tarried at the lake.

Meanwhile Ezra Phillips, a neighbor who was returning from a trip to the Waldo Phillips farm in Hamilton, reached a point in front of the Will Haney farm when his car stalled. Unable to start the motor again he pushed the car to the side of the 40-foot county road, left the lights burning and started across the fields to the Phillips farm 80 rods away to secure another car and tow it home.

Howard Harris, 10-year-old son of Charles Harris, an employee at the Phillips farms, who had accompanied Phillips on the trip, was left in charge of the car. Becoming frightened, the lad turned off the lights and followed Phillips.

They had been away from the stalled car not more than two or three minutes when the truck carrying the swimmers came along and crashed into it.

Bryce Stickney, who met death, was riding on the right front fender with his feet on the bumper and received the full force of the impact. His forehead was crushed, his leg broken and his body mutilated.

Still alive after the crash he was rushed to Borgess hospital at Kalamazoo by Dr. F. N. Williams where his death ensued at 8:30 Saturday morning.

Kabel was riding on the fender and running board just back of his companion. He was hurled forward, suataining the fractured pelvic bone and broken back. An x-ray taken at the hospital showed the vertebrae seperated a half inch at the point of the spinal fracture. While his injuries are critical, physicians accord him a chance to recover. Dr. J. D. Stewart is the attending physician.

That the truck was being driven slowly as the driver picked his way through the darkness is proved by the fact that neither the truck or the parked car, which is owned by Theodore Phillips were badly damaged. The left rear wheel was torn from the car and the right front wheel of the truck demolished.

Edson Stickney, the driver, said he did not see the Phillips car before the crash. His sister and young Lee, riding in the seat with him, were thrown forward in the truck cab but not seriously hurt. The truck is one used at the Stickney farms southeast of town.

The dead boy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison Stickney, prominent farmers and fruit growers four miles southeast of this village. He was a sophmore in high school, an active member of the Future Farmers of America and popular in school circles.

Norman Kabel, his critically injured companion, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Kabel, also well known farmers in the Stickney neighborhood.

Funeral services for the dead boy were held Monday afternoon at the spacious farm home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stickney, in the same neighborhood southeast of town.

Rev. Wm. Blanding, Methodist pastor, conducted the services. Mrs. Florence Olds and Mrs. Grace Thompson sang. Burial was at Maple Hill.

The wide sympathy aroused by the tragic accident and the popularity of the dead boy were attested by the large attendance at the obsequles, among whom were many local students and faculty members and neighbors of the southeast Hartford district.

The funeral cortege that wended its way to Maple Hill was one of the longest seen here in years, while the wealth of floral tokens expressed the sorrow that neighbors and the community share with the grief stricken family. 
Family links: 
  Addison K Stickney (1896 - 1965)
  Vera L. Cook Stickney (1894 - 1957)
  Edson F Stickney (1917 - 1979)*
  Bryce Stickney (1919 - 1934)
  Inez M. Stepnitz (1920 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Hill Cemetery
Van Buren County
Michigan, USA
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Bryce Stickney
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