Wife of Henry J. Lehmkuhl.
INFORMATION COURTESY OF ROBERT POTEET: The Jackson Sentinel, July 6, 1920 edition, Page 1
Terrible Accident Occurs Near Wilcox Place Just West of Town-Family Returning From Holiday Visit at Wyoming.
The first fatal auto accident of the season and one of the saddest in the history of this community since the advent of the automobile occurred about 6:40 o'clock Sunday evening on the road running west by the Fred Wilcox place, when a large, seven passenger Hudson, driven by Ernest Lemkuhl, ran over the embankment which resulted in the death of his mother, Mrs. Henry Lemkuhl and her little four year old son, who was sitting beside her in the rear seat of the car.
Mr. Lemkuhl, his mother and five of his small brothers and sisters, together with the young daughter of Ed Pankow and a little daughter of Charles Pankow, all of Preston neighborhood, went to Wyoming in the morning to enjoy an Independence Day visit with relatives. On the return trip Ernest turned into Maquoketa on the road which becomes West Summit street and states that he was going at a moderate rate of speed up the slight grade which approaches the narrow stretch of road leading thru an avenue of willows, a spot well known to nearly all residents of this community. Mr. Lemkuhl further stated that when within several yards of the narrow roadway above described, his car bore to the right slightly and he was unable to pilot it back into the track, and when reaching a point about forty feet from the west end of the "willow avenue" the machine turned over the embankment.
According to the statements of the uninjured occupants it was nearly ten minutes before anyone passed the spot and finally John Fisher drove up in his car and assisted in releasing the imprisoned victims. Mrs. Lemkuhl was dead when removed from underneath the wrecked car, the little son expiring very shortly after being taken therefrom. The bodies were brot to this city by Mr. Fisher and taken to the Buchner undertaking parlors and prepared for burial, while the less unfortunate of the auto party were taken to the Dale Eastman home near Pinhook.
Investigation showed that the child had suffered a broken neck and minor bruises about the head, while the mother sustained numerous injuries about the head and across the shoulder and breast and it is probable that death was due to the latter.
The accident is one of those where no blame can be attached to the driver of the car and the entire city and community extends universal sympathy to the grief-stricken children who were so suddenly and cruelly bereft of their mother and little brother.
The double funeral will be held from the Lemkuhl home near Spragueville Wednesday afternoon.
Henry John Lehmkuhl
1879–1919 (m. 1900)
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