Joseph Edmund Cooklin 1920-1961
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 6/16/2011 at 20:14:00
Local Man Critically Hurt in Accident
Spirit Lake – An Estherville man, Joseph Cooklin, 42, is reported in very critical condition today at Dickinson County Memorial hospital with injuries suffered last night in a one-car accident east of Spirit Lake at the intersection of Highways 9 and 71.
Cooklin suffered a crushed chest, severely fractured leg, dislocated hip and cuts and bruises over his entire body.
His physician reports that Cooklin lost a great deal of blood from the lacerations and numerous transfusions have been required.
The accident was discovered about 8:45 p.m. by a passing motorist who called Dickinson County sheriff Ike Kissinger from a nearby farm house.
Authorities said Cooklin apparently was driving west toward Spirit Lake when his car went out of control on the snow packed road, spun around headed east and left the highway.
The vehicle then plunged down an embankment and smashed into a tree. Officers said the car was wedged so tightly against the tree that it was some time before Cooklin could be removed from the wreckage. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, February 18, 1961)
Joseph E. Cooklin Dies of Injuries
Joseph Edmund Cooklin, 40, of Estherville, died at 6 a.m. yesterday in the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital of injuries sustained as a result of a one-car accident near Spirit Lake Friday night. Injuries reported by hospital attendants Saturday listed a severely crushed chest, fractured leg, dislocated hip and multiple lacerations and bruises.
Cooklin received eight pints of blood during the first 12 hours in the hospital and more was rushed from Spencer. By Saturday noon, more than one gallon of blood had been transfused in an effort to save his life.
Cooklin was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Ayrshire, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Cooklin. He had worked as a carman for the Rock Island Railroad here.
He is survived by one son, Joseph, 12, a daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, 10, and his mother, Mrs. Otto Cooklin. His father, Otto of Superior, died Oct. 31, 1960.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville, the Rev. James H. Duhigg officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home until the time of service.
The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at the Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, February 20, 1961)
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