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 Jeanette Lucille Burgus

Jeanette Lucille Burgus

Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Death 19 Sep 1937 (aged 19)
Washington County, Iowa, USA
Burial Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block 320S Lot 30 Grave 4
Memorial ID 101025541 · View Source
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Alternative birth: May 19, 1918 (obituary), alternative death: September 20, 1937 (Aspen Grove records); according to her obituary and funeral notice, she died on Sunday, which was the 19th.


The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 2, September 20, 1937; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa:

Jeanette Burgus And William Curl Killed In Washington Crash
Inquest Planned Late Today in Train - Auto Collision Claiming Member of June Graduating Class At High School

Jeanette Burgus, 19, and William A. Curl, 26, both of Burlington, died in a Washington, Iowa, hospital Sunday night (September 19, 1937), of injuries suffered when the automobile in which they were passengers was struck by a Milwaukee railroad extra freight train Just before 5:20 p.m. yesterday on the outskirts of that city. Miss Burgus, who graduated from Burlington high school last June, died at 9 p.m., while Curl died two hours earlier. An inquest was planned for late today or tonight at Washington. Time of the inquest was held up pending word from the train crew.

The accident occurred on the west edge of Washington at what Sheriff H. M. Putnam of Washington county described today as a "little used" blind crossing.

The accident occurred just 16 hours less than one week after the train-auto crash north of Davenport which last Monday took the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gaston, one of their twin daughters and their maid, Miss Grace Barkus, all four of Burlington.

Extra Freight.

The train, east bound, was an extra freight, according to the sheriff who said there were no known eyewitnesses.

Members of the engine crew said the car approached from their left and they did not see the car or crash.

The train proceeded another quarter mile before coming to a stop following the crash, according to investigating officers. The engineer told officers he looked at his watch just after the accident and that it was 5:20.

Both were taken to the hospital in Washington, living two and four hours without regaining consciousness, and thus making no statement about the accident

Rites Later.

Miss Burgus' body was to he brought to Burnett-Wallen funeral home here tonight. Services will he arranged tomorrow.

The couple went to Washington Saturday to spend the week-end with relatives of Curl. They bad been outside the city a short distance visiting some of his relatives and were returning to town when the crash occurred. There is little auto traffic over this crossing, officers said.

It was reported earlier there was a third passenger in the car, but Sheriff Putnam said this probably arose from the fact there was a coat found in the wrecked machine, bearing a California driver's license issued to Clarence A. White. It was reported Curt purchased the car only last week, and Sheriff Putnam expressed the view this coat and driver's license belonged to a former owner.

Formerly of Washington.

Curl, who resided at Dunn's hotel, had lived here only a few months, being in the employ of a Washington contractor doing work in Burlington.

Miss Burgus, who lived at 1525 Thul street, was born in Burlington May 19, 1918. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Laura Burgus, and a brother, Milton, of the same address. Also surviving are her two grandmothers, Mrs. Alex Wedertz of Burlington and Mrs. William Burgus of Kingston, Iowa.

Miss Burgus' father, Fred Burgus, former parcel post truck driver, died September 3, last year, and her paternal grandfather, William Burgus, died Just a week ago Sunday, on September 12.

Mrs. Burgus was informed of the accident shortly before her daughter's death, but arrived in Washington after the young woman died. Returning home early this morning, Mrs. Burgus again went to Washington today.


The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 2, September 21, 1937; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa


Services for Miss Jeanette Burgus, 19, killed in a train-auto collision at Washington, Iowa, Sunday night (September 19, 1937), will be held from the Burnett-Wallen funeral home at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon with interment in Aspen Grove cemetery.

The Washington county coroner reported today no inquest will be held in the collision. He made no report placing blame in the accident, which also claimed the life of William A. Curl, 26, formerly of Washington, and who had lived in Burlington only six weeks.

The funeral for Curl will be held at the Jones funeral home in Washington tomorrow afternoon.

Curl was born December 22, 1910, at Alton, Kansas, and is survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister, in addition to a half brother.

The car, a 1928 Chevrolet coupe, was carried a quarter of a mile down the tracks. The girl's body was found in the car wreckage, while that of the youth was thrown clear.

Persons among the first to reach the scene at first were under the impression only one person, Miss Burgus, had been in the car, until Curl was found. They were taken to county hospital where Curl died at 7:20 p.m. and Miss Burgus at 9:10. Neither regained consciousness.

Curl's death was attributed to a skull fracture, while that of Miss Burgus was believed the result of shock. Her body was brought to the Burnett-Wallen funeral home last night.


Iowa Birth Records, Family Search:

Name: Jeanette Lucille Burgus; Event: Birth; Event Date: 10 May 1918; Event Place: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States; Gender: Female; Father: Fred E. Burgus; Mother: Laura Minnie Wedertz; Certificate Number: 223; Film Number: 1547634; Digital Folder Number: 004266225; Image Number: 00379

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