Newhall, CA Private Plane Crash, Sep 1948


Newhall, Calif., Sept. 18. -- (UP) -- A private plane crashed in flames here today shortly after taking off, killing four men, including ERNEST HIX, 41, Hollywood, author of United Features' cartoon,
"Strange as it Seems."
HIX was the brother of the late JOHN HIX, originator of the cartoon, and took over production of the panel after his brother died. Dead with HIX are EUGENE JOSEFF, 41, maker of much of the ornate jewelry used in motioni pictures; JOHN M. LACEY, Los Angeles, and WILMER F. PEMBERTON, Los Angeles, a designer.
JOSEFF supplied motion pictures with 90 per cent of their jewelry props. He rented out his collection of 50,000 precious, semi-precious and artificial stones and could duplicate historically famous jewelry in mass production.
JOSEFF'S widow is JOAN CASTLE, sister of W. F. CASTLE, 4715 Gundry Ave., Long Beach. She uses her maiden name for a line of costume jewelry in which business she has been affiliated with her husband.
CASTLE said yesterday that his sister and the JOSEFF baby, JEFFREY, had been making weekend plane trips regularly with JOSEFF, and he did not know why they were not along on the fatal trip.

Long Beach Press - Telegram California 1948-09-19