Marion, WI Two Auto Collision, July 1962


Marion (UPI) - Seven persons - including three couples on their way to go blueberry picking - were killed Saturday when two cars collided on the crest of a hill.
The dead were:
OSCAR MEHLBERG, 51; and his wife, JANET, 43; WALTER GRIMM, 48; and his wife, ANITA, 43; JOHN LOEPKE, 50; and his wife, NORA, 46; all of Marion and DILTON PINGEL, 22. The accident happened four miles from the couples' homes.
The three couples had stopped for a snack in a Marion restaurant and left there after 1 a.m. They headed out of Marion to go to nearby Pella to pick up GRIMM'S car there and then planned to start out for Mountain, Wis., to pick blueberries in the northern Wisconsin community.
MEHLBERG was driving the car carrying the couples and PINGEL was alone in the other vehicle. The cars collided just east of nearby Caroline in Shawano County.
Sheriff Carl L. Krueger said there were no skid marks at the crash scene. He said PINGEL'S car was in the wrong lane.
The MEHLBERGS left four sons orphaned the youngest 3 and the oldest 16. The GRIMMS had three children - one in the military service and two younger. PINGEL was the father of two sons, age 2 and 7 months. The KOEPKES had no children.
The accident was Wisconsin's second of the year in which seven persons were killed. The same number died in a collision June 10 in Chippewa County - a two-car crash that killed nine persons. Two other mishaps on record resulted in eight deaths.
The deaths Saturday raised the state toll for the year to 471 compared with 453 one year ago.

Leader-Telegram Eau Claire Wisconsin 1962-07-22