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Knoebel, Charles 1887-1939


Posted By: Lisa Woiwood (email)
Date: 1/20/2004 at 04:17:37

Injuries Fatal To Charles Knoebel, 51
Believed to Have Been Hit by Car While Walking Back to Town

Charles Knoebel, 51 year old McGregor painter, died Friday afternoon from injuries received in an
accident which occurred on the Marquette-McGregor road at the noon hour.

Walking back to work after going home to dinner, he was believed to have been struck by a car. He
suffered a severe skull fracture and other injured to his head and neck and never regained
consciousness, dying late in the afternoon.

A coroner’s jury, composed of three McGregor business men, returned a verdict of accidental death and charged Don Finnegan, 29, of Marquette as driver of the car when Mrs. Knoebel testified at the inquest that he had seen her husband as he was hit. She described the car as a rebuilt truck pulling some sort of trailer and Finnegan had driven passed the house in such a rig shortly before the accident.

He denied knowledge of the accident and was taken into custody by Sheriff E. W. Carlsen.
Finnegan waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to the May term of court on manslaughter
charge, but was released the fore part of the week when friends put up bonds for him.

The actual accident was not seen and it is thought that the snow scraper which Finnegan was pulling was swinging back and forth in the road and that it knocked Knoebel’s feet out from under him, dashing him to the payment.

Funeral services for Mr. Knoebel were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm from the Pilkington
funeral parlors, with the Rev. G. W. McMichael in charge. Sherm Krohn sang, with the services. Six
nephew were casket bearers. Burial was made at Monona.

Charles Knoebel was born July 14, 1887, at McGregor. He lived his entire life here with the
exception of short residences in Monmouth, Ill. Colorado, and Texas.

Me married to Elizabeth Mae Kayon July 10, 1924, at Denver Colorado. His wife survives him. He
is also survived by two children, Dale and Delores, children of his brother, Alfred of Siren, Wis., who made their home with him, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knoebel.

There are also five brothers and five sisters surviving. There are: Edward F. of Sparta, Wis.; John and Joy of Marquette, Mike of Omaha Nebr., Alfred of Siren Wis., Mrs. Ed Tesar and Mrs. Ruth
Harrington of Marquette; Mrs. Kenneth Weir of Dubuque; Mrs Les Henkes of McGregor and Mrs.
Joy Lamphier of Lima, Iowa.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were: Mrs. Sauncy Merschon of Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs.
Sauncy Friebel of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sloan of Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Bertram
Friebal of Manchester; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jones of Fayette, and Mr. and Mrs. Warner of Fayette.

-source: North Iowa Times February 23, 1939 page 1


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