Home on their way from the funeral of Nicholas Schaefer at Hanover Center today, the automobile of Frank Dudley, son-in-law of Mat Boney overturned killing Dudley and injuring the other occupants. In the machine with Dudley were Mrs. Mat Boney, Dudley's mother-in-law; Mrs. Edward Mee of the Mee Hotel, Hammond; Peter Klassen, Hammond. Peter Klassen, a veteran of the Civil War and former watchman on grade-crossings is reported to be fatally injured.
Killed While Driving.
Dudley is reported to have been killed almost instantly. The dead and wounded were taken to the farm of Henry Paul, a family living two and a half miles south of Kreitsburg.
Car Stuck In Rut.
The car is said to have been overturned in an effort to get out of a wagon rut in the clay roads.
The report of the accident was received in Hammond at 8:30 o'clock. An unknown party phoned to Undertaker Emmerling asking him to send an ambulance to Krietsburg to the farm of Henry Paul, three miles south of that place.
Hard To Get Details.
Endeavors to get telephone communication with Krietsburg by The Times were not successful as far [as] getting further details are concerned, but the operator at St. John was convinced the news was true, and the sad duty of breaking the news to Mat Hilbrich, Mr. Boney's partner, was taken by a Times reporter.
Sickness Prevented Trip.
Within fifteen minutes after the report was received in Hammond, the Times had definite information that Dudley had been killed and Klassen injured. Mrs. Cora Boney Dudley, the window of Frank Dudley, at the time of the accident was with her father, Mat Boney, in the latter's home in Clinton Street. Mr. Boney's indisposition this morning prevented him from making the trip to the southern part of the county. Mrs. Boney is a relative by marriage of the late Nicholas Schafer and Peter Klassen was an old acquaintance.
Was Splendid Actor.
Frank Dudley and his wife, whose stage name is Cora Bonnie, headed a successful theatrical stock company which played in a southern and southwestern circuit. Last fall they motored all the way from the southwest northward via Omaha and came to Hammond to spend the winter. They stopped at the Hotel Mee. Both of them were seen in one of their repertoire plays here two years ago and became very popular with Hammond folks. Their plan was to go to Europe next summer in company with Mr. and Mrs. Mat Boney to be present for the ordination of Edward Boney who is studying for the priesthood at Innsbruck. Their plan included an extensive motor trip through Europe.
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