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 Elfrieda <I>Hellman</I> LaPlante

Elfrieda Hellman LaPlante

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 27 Sep 1934 (aged 41)
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 44730073 · View Source
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Elfrieda Mais, 42, drove her automobile through a blazing wall once too often.
A crowd at the Alabama state fair l saw her hurtle to her death as the car crashed the wall in a stunt she had often done, then shot through the race track guard rail, went down an embankment, hit a road scraper and plowed through the fair grounds wall.
Two boys, John Draper and Duncan Davenport, who were sitting on the roof of an automobile outside the fair grounds, were hurt when the daredevil driver's car struck theirs. Jenks Hoagland, a fair performer, also was injured.
Ray La Plante of Newark, N. J , the woman's husband, saw the accident. He expressed the belief his wife had been burned as the car went through the wall. She was injured in 1928 in Jackson, Miss., and last winter in Tampa, Fla.
Miss Mais started racing in 1912 and P. T. Streider, state fair manager, said she was the champion woman race driver of the world.
Her body will be sent to Indianapolis,
Ind.,where she was born.
Elfrieda Mais was the woman
who stunted in the same manner at
the Owatonna fair this year.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 44730073
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elfrieda Hellman LaPlante (19 Jun 1893–27 Sep 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44730073, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .