NEESSEN, Heinie 1892-1930
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Date: 1/20/2015 at 12:24:46
Man Dies After Auto Crash At Grundy Center
Heinie Neessen, whose jugular vein was cut when he went headfirst thru an automobile windshield in a collision Sunday evening, died about 2:50 p.m. Monday in the Deaconess hospital, Marshalltown. He was 47 years old.
Little hope was entertained by the attending physician for his recovery from the beginning. He had lost such quantities of blood before the hemorrhage could be stopped that he was near death when a physician arrived.
Blood transfusions, given by his two brothers, were the only hope for prolonging his life.
His widow and seven children, all under 14, survive.
--The Aplington News (Aplington, Iowa), 16 April 1930
Auto Collision Results in Death of Heinie Neessen
Jugular Vein Is Punctured When He Is Thrown Into Windshield
Excessive Blood Loss Results In Man's Death
Was Riding With Orlan Armstrong, Who Was Hit When Crossing Street
Heinie Neessen died in Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown Monday forenoon from injuries that he received in an automobile collision on East Main street in Grundy Center shortly before eight o'clock Sunday night.
Heinie Neessen and Orlan Armstrong were coming from Holland, where they were early in the evening. They attempted to cross the intersection of Primary No. 14 and 57 near the Grundy Oil station as a car owned and driven by D. W. Leversee from Cedar Falls was going east. The Armstrong car, a Ford in which Neessen was a passenger, ran into the Leversee car which had the right of way. When the cars came together Neessen was thrown forward and his head went through the windshield. The glass cut a deep gash in his throat and it punctured the jugular vein. Blood gushed from the wound in a stream as big as a finger. It took some fifteen or twenty minutes to get a doctor. Dr. McDowell was called from a church service but the wounded man was about dead from the loss of blood when the doctor reached him. He was taken to the office of Drs. Thielen & McDowell. The opened vein was packed and the flow of blood was stopped. Dr. Keyser was summoned from Marshalltown to assist and he advised that the man be taken to the hospital. Two blood transfusions were made from the injured man's brothers as a final hope that life might be sustained. The transfusions prolonged life but a few hours.
The remains were taken from the hospital to the home of the --unreadable-- Wellsburg. Funeral services are being held at the home this afternoon and later at the Lutheran church in Shiloh township with Rev. Heinrichs, pastor of the Lutheran church, and Rev. Lansiedel from the Wellsburg Reformed church will officiate. Burial will be in the Lutheran church cemetery.
Heinie Neessen was 38 years old. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neessen and he was born on a farm in Colfax township in July, 1892. He was married fifteen years ago to Miss Sophie Frerichs, of Grundy Center. The wife and seven children survive. The oldest of the children is 14 and the youngest is a baby. There are four boys and three girls. Other relatives are his mother at Wellsburg; four brothers, John, Heiko, Will and Tom; five sisters, Mrs. Sam Claassen and Mrs. Claas Claassen of Colfax township, Mrs. Anno Peters of Parkersburg, Mrs. Ontje Knock of Colfax township and Mrs. Raymond Murphy of Wellsburg.
Liquor was found in the car in which the two men were driving and Armstrong was arrested and placed in the county jail on a liquor charge. Those who saw and visited with the two men at Holland before they came to Grundy do not believe that either of the men when they saw them were noticeably under the influence of liquor.
Armstrong waived preliminary hearing yesterday to a charge of illegal transportation of liquor and he was returned to jail under a $500 bond. He may enter a plea of guilty before the court and receive sentence.
There were no charges filed against Mr. Leversee as he had the right of way and could not apparently be blamed for the accident. Neither of the two cars were much damaged, nor did any of the remaining occupants suffer any injuries. Hundreds of similar accidents have taken place without any serious results.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 April 1930, pg 1
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