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Mabel Allen Doughty 1890-1959


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/28/2011 at 00:35:33

Car-Truck Collision Kills Mrs. Doughty
By Dale Ohrtman
Emmet County’s fifth traffic fatality of the new year is Mrs. Frank (Mabel Rose) Doughty, 60, who was killed instantly about 3:30 p.m. yesterday in a car-truck crash four miles east of Estherville on Highway 9.

Mrs. Doughty was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, Mrs. David (Berna) Klinefelter of Estherville. Driver of the truck involved is Edward Corcoran of Lemmon, S.D. A car driven by Mrs. Arthur West of rural Estherville, also was involved in the collision, according to Sheriff Linn Foderberg and Highway Patrolman Marvin Grebe who jointly investigated the accident.

Mrs. Doughty is believed to have been killed instantly when the Klinefelter car and the truck collided, authorities say. She was thrown from the car onto the highway and was found only a few inches in front of the rear set of dual wheels on the semi-trailer truck.

County Coroner Frank Fuhrman says that he doubts that any wheel of the truck passed over her body and that death was due to chest and head injuries.

The truck was going east on Highway 9 and the car driven by Mrs. West was also going east on the highway after having turned onto the road from a farm drive, authorities say. The Klinefelter car was going west, according to Foderberg and Grebe.

Corcoran told authorities his truck was loaded with two decks of beef calves and that the highway was a solid sheet of ice. He said he applied his brakes and blew his air horn when he saw the West car coming onto the highway but that due to the ice and a slight downhill grade at that portion of the highway, he was unable to stop, the officers relate.

The truck drive then steered his truck to the left of the West car when he found he could not stop, authorities say. Mrs. Klinefelter said she did not see the West car but that she saw the truck coming at her car and that it appeared to be jackknifing, the officials said.

The West car was not damaged but the entire front quarter of the Klinefelter car was demolished and the left front bumper and fender of the truck were partially damaged.

The trucker was en route from Lemmon to Sumner, Iowa with his load. Mrs. Klinefelter and her mother were returning home from Burt.

Mrs. Doughty was born Dec. 16, 1898 at Jackson, Minn., the daughter of Hulus and Caroline Allen. She received her education in the Loon Lake and Jackson schools. Mrs. Doughty was married to Frank L. Doughty Feb. 21, 1917 at Lake Park.

She was an active worker in women’s and church affairs and had lived here since she and her husband moved to Estherville in 1918.

Survivors include her husband, two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. The sons are Dewaine of Estherville and Gerald E. (Ben) who is attending a theological seminary in Minneapolis and is pastor of a church at New Prague, Minn. The daughters are Mrs. Klinefelter and Mrs. Harry (Frances) Anderson, both of Estherville.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Frank Jr., her parents, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, the Rev. F.W. McKnight officiating. Sternborg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lester Friesner, Archie Gemmill, Jack Giles, Clarence Woodyard, Simon Frey and B.H. Frey.

A memorial fund has been established. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, January 30, 1959)


Estherville Woman is Killed In Collision
Estherville – A collision of a car and semi-trailer truck on an icy pavement brought death Thursday [January 29, 1959] to Mrs. Frank Doughty, 60, of Estherville.

Mrs. Doughty [Mabel Allen Doughty] was in a car driven by her daughter, Mrs. David Klinefelter of Estherville. Authorities said the truck driver, Edward Corcoran of Lemmon, S.D. swerved to avoid a car pulling onto Highway 9 from a farm drive four miles east of here.

Neither Mrs. Klinefelter nor Corcoran was hurt. (Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, IA, January 30, 1959)

Mrs. F. Doughty Killed in Accident
Friends here were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Frank Doughty of Estherville who was killed in a car-truck collision Thursday east of Estherville. She is the only sister of Mrs. Horace Wood of Lake Park. Mrs. Wood and husband are spending the winter in California with their son. (Lake Park News, Lake Park, IA, February 5, 1959)

Mr. and Mrs. Marland Wood went to Estherville Saturday, Jan. 31, to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Frank Doughty who was killed Thursday after noon, Jan. 29, in a car truck collision east of Estherville. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, February 5, 1959)

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Perkins attended the funeral of Mrs. Frank Doughty of Estherville on Saturday. (Lake Park News, Lake Park, IA, February 5, 1959)


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