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Plymouth, WI Auto Wreck, Aug 1930

Fatally Hurt In Attempt To Aid Motorist

Arthur L. Knauer, Farmer In Sheboygan County, Is Death Victim As Result Of Injuries

Struck by an automobile after sliding off a load of hay to give assistance to a motorist whose car had gone in the ditch Saturday afternoon, Arthur L. Knauer, aged 39, of Route 5, Plymouth Hospital at 11:15 p.m., Saturday.

Mr. Knauer and his son, Howard, were on their way to Plymouth on the Krumrey road. Ed. Walters, who had been visiting the Traxler farm, which Mr. Knauer operates, was driving behind the load of hay, and drew up beside the road to ask Mr. Knauer whether he wanted to ride to Plymouth in his car. Mr. Knauer declined the invitation, informing Mr. Walters that he had a young team and thought he had better drive them himself.

The load of hay and the Walters automobile were going south on the Krumrey road just south of the Traxler farm a mile and a half north of Highway 23. Hubert Meyer of Plymouth was driving north on the Krumrey road, and when Mr. Walters saw him he turned his car to the left to avoid an accident. The left side of the car went into the ditch and sunk in the ground.

Mr. Knauer climbed off the load of hay, intending to assist Mr. Walters in getting his car started.

An automobile driven by Clarence Edler of 208 Mend avenue, Plymouth, was behind the Meyer car, but Mr. Knauer did not see it and he backed into its path, according to Coroner C.N. Sonnenburg who was summoned to investigate. He was struck and rendered unconscious by the side of the car.

Mr. Elder rushed Mr. Knauer to the Plymouth hospital, where an operation was performed in an attempt top save his life, but all efforts were fruitless. He did not regain consciousness.

Coroner Sonnenburg says an inquest will be held. A coroner’s inquest will be held. A coroner’s jury composed of John Rawlings, Ed. Hart, Emil Eichenberger, Gustave Festerling, William Mayberry and Fred Bickel viewed the remains Sunday.

Mr. Knauer was born on Oct. 4 1891, in the town of Plymouth. He has been farming all his life. He is survived by his wife, three sons, Gilbert, Howard and Carl, and one daughter, Delores, one brother, Alfred of Plymouth and two sisters, Mrs. Otto Schultz of town of Greenbush and Mrs. Joseph Faas of Kohler. He is also survived by his parents.

The body was removed to Wittkopp Funeral Home, where it may be viewed until the hour of the funeral, 2 p.m., Tuesday. Services will be at the Wittkopp establishment, the Rev. Samuel Bullough of the First Congregational church officiating. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery, Plymouth.

Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI 25 Aug 1930

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