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NEWELL, Harold 1904-1933


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/15/2015 at 12:03:20

Harold Newell Killed, Others Injured In Automobile Collision

Harold Newell was killed instantly and several others were injured in a car collision 80 rods south of the Third Avenue service station shortly before midnight last Saturday.

Others in the car with Mr. Newell were his wife and little son, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clements from Cedar Rapids, Miss Elva Hoffman from Martel, Iowa, Miss Mamie Sloane from Athens, Ill., and Mrs. Margaret Weinland, Mrs. Newell's mother. The party had been at Marshalltown for the evening and they were driving home in Mr. Clement's car, a Buick.

A large Marmon car driven by Robert Blackman, 18, son of Ray Blackman of Eldora, met the Clement car and the two crashed into each other. The left front wheel of the Marmon struck the left front of the Clement car, grazing the hood and tearing away the entire left side, the top and the back of the Clement car. Both cars remained upright. The Clement car stopped within a few feet from where it struck. The Blackman car skidded about 50 feet on the wet paving, the rear end was at the edge of the grade and the car was facing the paving when it came to a stop.

Victim's Head Crushed
Harold Newell was riding in the rear seat on the left side. It is believed that the impact threw him upwards with the top of the car and when he came down his head struck the pavement. One side of his head was crushed in.

Mr. Clements, who was driving, suffered skull fractures and he remained unconscious until Monday afternoon. His condition was regarded as very critical, but he is now given a fair chance to recover. He is in the hospital at Eldora. Miss Hoffman, who was seated with Harold on the back seat received a terrific blow on her head which rendered her unconscious for a time. She also received a fracture of the left arm. Other passengers in the car escaped with bruises.

Mr. and Mrs. Clements and Mrs. Newell were riding in the front seat and the remaining four adults and the 30 months' old son were in the back seat.

In the Marmon car with young Blackman were Floyd King, 19, who received a scalp wound, Robert Bonner, 18, and Harold Reynolds, 18, all of Eldora. The boys had been out all evening. They were at Grundy Center and were going to Marshalltown to a dance. The three passengers in the Blackman car excepting the driver ran away immediately after the accident and caught a ride to Eldora where they had their bruises attended to.

Body Brought to Grundy Center
Ray Crouse, a farmer living a mile south of the scene of the collision, helped Mrs. Newell bring the husband's body to Grundy Center where a brief examination by Dr. Mol revealed that Harold's death came instantly. The body was taken to the Coffman mortuary for the night and the next day to the Alexander undertaking home at Conrad where it was prepared for burial.

Claim Marmon Car Had No Lights
Occupants of the car in which Mr. Newell was killed claimed that the Marmon car had no lights, that they didn't see the car until a fleeting moment before it struck. There was a heavy fog during the night and with a wet paving it was difficult to see the black lines on the pavement. Mr. Clement was driving slowly and a member of the party had remarked but a moment before the accident that "this is a bad night for cars to meet on the road." The fact that the Clement car stopped almost at the point where it was struck would bear out the statement made by the driver.

Sheriff Called to Scene of Accident
Sheriff Mamminga was called to the scene of the accident. He examined the Marmom car, and contrary to reports that the boys had been drinking, he found no liquor in the car nor any empty liquor bottles.

Funeral Wednesday
Funeral services for Harold Newell were held at the Ivester church Wednesday afternoon, with the local pastor officiating. The church was not large enough to accommodate all of those who came to attend the services. Burial was in the Ivester church cemetery.

Helped Father Operate Large Farm
Harold Newell was 29 years old. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newell. He was born on the home farm four miles south of Wellsburg and has been assisting his father in the management of their large farm. He was married to Miss Helen Weinland six years ago. They have one son, who is two and a half years of age. Following their marriage they began housekeeping in a new cottage home erected for them across the road from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newell. Other surviving relatives are his father and mother, one brother, Stewart; three sisters, Mrs. Vernon Hess of Pipestone, Minn., Mrs. Gladys Hess of this county, and Genevieve Newell who is at home.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 December 1933, pg 1


Obituary Harold R. Newell

Harold Revelle Newell, son of Joseph and Cora Rose Newell, was born February 25, 1904, in Grundy county, where he grew to manhood.

He became a member of the Ivester Church of the Brethren in 1926, and was united in marriage with Helen Marguerite Weinland on Mar. 17, 1927. To this union on April 4, 1931, was born a son, Graden Harold.

Besides his wife and little son, he leaves to mourn his sudden departure his father, his mother, three sisters, and a brother: Josephine Estella Hess, Gladys Ann Hess, Genevieve Ines Newell and Joseph Stewart Newell. Another brother, Ralph R., died in infancy. A host of friends, who have had the good fortune of being given the opportunity of associating with him, mourn the loss of a true friend.

Life on earth is not sufficient in opportunities and possibilities. When the end comes, how many projects and loving ministrations that we have planned remain untouched. This proclaims that our visible earthly existence is only a small section of the real life.

For Harold and all who take Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, death is but a release to life's reserve-goodness.

Be firm believers in God's great Tomorrow--believing that no sad memories of Yesterday can spoil it, that no obstacles to Today can hinder its coming; but that in the bright Tomorrow, the meaning of Yesterday and Today shall stand revealed.

Below is a list of relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral services:
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Newell, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barnard, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, all of Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Barnard, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bridgens, Wilbur Barnard, all of Eldora; Ed T. Gearhart, Axtel, Neb.; Mrs. Estella Ives, Stockton, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Hess and family, Pipestone, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Davidson, Carrol and Donald, of Nashua;

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Lillibridge, Rothsay, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Staples, Foxhome, Minn., Mrs. Maud Adams and daughter Thelma, Vinton; Mrs. George Blewett, Goldfield, Mrs. Maurice Wigton and son and Wilbur Gearhart of Des Moines; Mrs. Hattie Prescott, Grundy Center; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Newell and family, Sheffield; Mrs. Lura Newell and Shirley, Eldora;

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Woodley, Mrs. Belle Woodley, Clarion, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Anderson, Mrs. Nan Willmore, Ft. Dodge; Miss Wimogene Anderson, Eagle Grove; Mrs. Kirk McQuilkin, Mrs. Mary A. McQuilkin, Mr. Greer McQuilkin, Mrs. George Bangar, LaPorte City; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hoffman, Mrs. Clayton Murfield, Martelle; Mrs. A. K. Rife, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Birker, Sam Weinland, Vinton; Will Adair, Emery Adair, W. H. Henderson, Traer; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Adair, Dike; Rev. and Mrs. W. Lee Vincent, Miss Laura Vincent, John Kinkard, Athens, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fox, Mrs. Kenneth Young, Orville Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Schleuter, John Wise, Mrs. Owen Barton, Mrs. Ethyl Adrain, Dallas Center; L. Graden Weinland, brother of Mrs. Harold Newell, Durango, Colo.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 December 1933, pg 6


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