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 Ralph Oscar Bachman

Ralph Oscar Bachman

Slatington, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Oct 1941 (aged 35)
Palmerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Slatington, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 17771206 · View Source
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Ralph O. Bachman of 315 First St., Slatington, a special policeman in that borough for the last 13 years, died at 4 a.m. Sunday in the Palmerton hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident a mile north of Slatington at 2:30 o'clock Saturday morning.

Bachman was a passenger in an auto driven by Lawrence Cantwell of 405 7th St., Slatington, which collided almost head-on with a loaded dairy truck operated by Martin Wenner of 935 S. Poplar St., Allentown, about a mile north of Slatington on R. 309.

The truck was going from Slatington toward Palmerton and the auto was traveling toward Slatington.
Bachman was taken to the Palmerton hospital by Ralph Gehris of 3604 Hanover Acres, Allentown, a passenger in the Wenner truck, and Steve Sturdick of Slatington R. 2, a passing motorist.

At first it was thought Bachman's injuries were not serious, but when his condition took a turn for the worse, an operation was performed and it was discovered that he had a punctured lung. Several of his ribs had been broken.
Cantwell also was admitted to the hospital suffering from lacerations of the head and chin. The two men in the truck did not require hospitalization.

Both the truck, owned by Freeman's Dairy of Allentown, and the auto, owned by Albert Cantwell of 7th St., Slatington, a brother of the driver, were badly damaged.

Bachman, a native and lifetime resident of Slatington, was the son of the late Oscar W. and Ida, nee Wehr, Bachman. He was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Co. His church affiliation was St. John's Reformed of Slatington.
In addition to his work as a special policeman, Bachman also was interested in fire prevention in the borough and was a member of the Slatington Hose Co. No. 1.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, nee Arner; and a son, Ralph Jr., of Slatington; two brothers, Charles and William Bachman, of Slatington; five sisters, Mrs. Helen Roberts, Violet and Eva, all at home; Mrs. Robert Tonkin, of Scranton; and Mrs. Joseph Herman, of Slatington.

Rev. R. Maxwell Paine of St. John's Reformed church, Slatington, and Rev. Russell Mayer of Weissport Reformed church, will officiate at services Wednesday at 2 p.m. at his late home, with interment in Union cemetery, Slatington. Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

[The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, Monday, October 27, 1941, page 5]

Death Notice (p. 7):
Age at death = 35 years, 7 months, 19 days

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 17771206
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Oscar Bachman (7 Mar 1906–26 Oct 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17771206, citing Union Cemetery, Slatington, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Matthew Hoh (contributor 46592034) .