Wednesday, September 12, 2007

McLallen Auto Wrecked But No One Injured (1905)

Columbia City Commercial Mail ~ Friday, August 25, 1905

The automobile party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. McLallen, Miss Janie Page, of Louisville and Thomas Hildenbrand, who stated to Loon lake Sunday to spend the day, met with a mishap when about half way on their trip and were lucky in escaping without death or serious injury.

The automobile was going down hill at quite a rapid rate when they struck a bad hole just in front of a bridge and the auto swerved off the road. The steering gear became jammed refusing to work and the machine ran off the bank and turned turtle, throwing the occupants clear.

Everyone was badly shaken up but no one was injured. the dust protectors on the machine were mashed, the large head lamps smashed beyond repair and there were several other minor injuries. The auto was righted and still responded to the levers so the party turned around and slowly proceeded home, the tank dripping gasoline all the way, from a bad leak. Tom Hildebrand almost took a header when the machine first struck the big hollow in the road but when the auto made a sudden turn it slammed him back in his seat again and then tossed him out when the "red devil" went over. The experience almost made him sea sick.

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