Eland, WI Head On Crash Kills Seven, Apr 1956


Eland, Wis., April 28 (AP) - A head-on automobile crash took the lives of seven persons and critically injured two others early today near this tiny community to central Wisconsin.
Shawano County Traffic Chief Edward W. Bahr said three were killed instantly and the other four died shortly afterward in a hospital at Antigo.
He identified the dead as:
MRS. MARGIE WILHELM, 20, of Birnamwood;
her son, GLENN, JR., 3 months;
and her daughter, MARY ANN, 3.
NORMAN V. KORTH, 25, of Bowler;
his sons, MICHAEL, 3 months;
and REINHOLD, 4.
HAROLD E. BECKWITH, 20, of Wittenberg.
Critically injured were GLENN WILHELM, 26, and KORTH'S wife, IRENE, 26.
Authorities were unable to give any reason for the accident. Bahr said the roads were dry and visibility excellent.
He said the car driven by BECKWITH apparently swerved into the wrong line and the cars telescoped.
Eland is a small town about 180 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
The accident occurred at 2:20 a.m. on Highway 45.

Kingsport News Tennessee 1956-04-30