Sublette, KS Two Car Collision, Dec 1965


Sublette, Kan. (AP) - Seven persons were killed and seven others injured Sunday afternoon near this rural southwestern Kansas town when their autos collided at an intersection.
Highway patrol trooper Gail Rathbun said LAWRENCE BLAKELY, 24, of Dodge City, Kan., was driving west on U.S. 56. BLAKELY, his wife DANA, 22, and her sister PAULINE, 27, and her husband JAMES SIMMONS, 25, and their son TODD SIMMONS, 8 months, were only six miles from the Fred Gates home in Satanta where they were to have a holiday dinner.
Traveling north of U.S. 83, Trooper Rathbun said, was DORA G. SALDIVER, 27, seven of her children and her mother, SABENA GONZALES, 57.
The SALDIVERS, who recently had moved to Lenti in southwestern Kansas from Post, Tex., had been to Texas for a brief holiday visit.
Trooper Rathbun said BLAKELY apparently went through a stop sign. His car slammed into the right side of the auto carrying the SALDIVER family.
Killed were BLAKELY'S wife and the three members of the SIMMONS family; MRS. GONZALES, and two of the SALDIVER children, NETTIE, 4, and CINDY, 1.
The injured included BLAKELY, MRS. SALDIVER, and five of her children, SUSAN, 14; ROBERT, 11; GILBERT, 9; MARJORIA, 8, and GARY, 7.

Lawton Constitution Oklahoma 1965-12-27