News: Curtiss, Wis. (7 Mar. 1928)

Contact: R. Lipprandt

Surnames: Aldinger, Brandt, Eakin, Griebenow, Hennlich, Holtz, Tepolt, Wallberg, Weirich

----Source: The Curtiss Advance, Wednesday, March 7, 1928

Traveling Man Instantly Killed

Thursday afternoon about 2:30 E. Wallberg of Detroit, Mich., representing Butler Brothers, was instantly killed when his car turned turtle on highway 29 about six miles west of Abbotsford, Wis.

Mr. Wallberg had called on his customers in Abbotsford and seemed in quite a hurry to get on towards Chippewa.

From evidence at the scene of the tragedy they car struck a slippery place in the road and kidded to the left side, striking some of the guard posts and turned over, landing on the top, the machine headed to the east. Mr. Wallberg’s body was pinned under the car and it required raising the car with a wrecker derrick before the body could be removed.

Griebenow-Weirich, the Owen undertakers, cam out and took charge of the body.

The Aldinger & Hennlich garage wrecker went and towed the car, a Chandler touring model, into their shop at Curtiss.

Mr. Wallberg was a man apparent about fifty years of age. His family in Detroit were notified at once of the tragedy.

Holtz Bros. Store Damaged by Flames

People of the village were aroused to sudden action shortly after nine o’clock Monday evening when the village fire bell began pealing forth a fire alarm and the fire laddies as arrived were informed that the Holtz Bros. Store was burning.

The two chemical trucks were on the scene in short time and had the blaze partly under control when water from the big engine was available. It was a suborn fight in a terribly hot smoke filled room but the fire boys finally conquered.

The origin of the fire is unknown. Ed Holtz, one of the proprietors, and John Eakin were the last ones to leave the store. Ed had replenished the furnace fire for the night and was chatting with John when they decided to go home as no customers were showing up. Herman Holtz, the other brother had left the store earlier in the evening and was at the Rev. Brandt home when the alarm was sounded.

The blaze was confined largely to an alcove above the basement stairway where tobaccos were stored and later in the basement. The extent of the damage done by the fire, heat, and water to the stock has not yet been ascertained as the boys are waiting the arrival of the insurance adjusters. However, the loss will be enough and one the boys can ill afford to stand at this time.

Frank Tepolt had around 125 bushel of potatoes in the basement all in sack, and when the fire was out, no signs of the sacks could be found and some where between 20 and 25 bushels of potatoes were found nicely baked.

When business will be resumed will in a measure depend upon then the adjusters get thru with their work and the stock gone over.

Dorchester Clarion



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