News: Six Die in Strong Wind Storm (1949)

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Surnames: Boxill, Bolle, Gauerke, Krueger

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/13/1949

The heavy wind storm which hit Colby and Wisconsin Monday resulted in six deaths, property damage and many a big headache. In the Colby area, shingles were blown off buildings, machine sheds and barns were damaged, window panes were broken and telephone and electric light poles fell down. With poles down, and, at times no electric current, the girls at the Colby telephone office operated the switchboards under difficult conditions.

Property damage in Wisconsin ran into millions and the death toll mounted to six. The dead are: Two unidentified men who drowned in Pickerel Lake in Oneida county; John Boxill, age 23, when a sail boat capsized on Lake Mendota, near Madison; Albert Bolle, age 53, killed near Antigo when the wind plucked off a barn door and smashed it against him; Henry Gauerke of Ixonia, age 80, was electrocuted when he touched a live wire which had been blown across a road; Herman Krueger, age 66, of Evansville died of a heart attack as he tried to reach the shelter of his car during the storm.



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