APPERLING, August c1843 – 1913
Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/19/2020 at 17:04:51
Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Nov. 7, 1913, P-FP, C-3
An automobile party composed of August Apperling, Herman Webbeking and son Henry from Waterloo, and Jerry Cashman of Riceville, met with a serious accident Monday about noon, resulting fatally to the former and with grave injury to the three latter.
Mr. Cashman had some acquaintance with the Webberings, he having bought stock with or for them. This acquaintance led the gentleman to request Mr. Cashman to accompany them in looking over the country with a view to buying a farm.
They started out Monday in a new Rambler car driven by the elder Webbering, Mr. Cashman occupying the front seat with him and the other two the back seat. On approaching a bridge six miles north of LeRoy the driver, Mr. Webbering, apparently turned around in his seat calling attention to a certain piece of land. In so doing, the car which had mounted the bridge was running close to its edge, Mr. Cashman called the attention of the driver’s attention to this fact and the car, which was going at a fair rate of speed was turned too far to the other side and went into the ditch off the opposite approach and the passengers all thrown out.
The accident was noticed by others who took the men to LeRoy. Mr. Apperling, who was about 70 years old, seemed the least injured at the time of the accident and got up and was able to walk, but died a few hours after he was taken to LeRoy.
Both Webberings suffered broken ribs and the younger man had a wrist broken in addition.
Mr. Cashman, who was brought home Monday evening appears the least injured of any, but he is badly bruised up about the head and one leg and seems to be suffering internal injuries.
The car was badly smashed to pieces —Riceville Recorder.
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