HUISMAN, Lester B. 1913-1935
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Date: 2/28/2017 at 18:05:56
Lester Huisman Killed When His Car Turned Over
Lived 30 Minutes After Crash--Arthur Slifer Who Was With Him Was Not Injured
Lester Huisman, the 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huisman, died about ten o'clock Saturday night from a skull fracture which he received when his car left the road a mile west of Grundy Center and turned over on its side. His skull was completely broken above the ear and part of the ear was severed. The young man was taken from the car a few minutes after the accident and brought to a doctor's office in Grundy Center. He died about 20 minutes after he was brought to the doctor's office. He did not regain consciousness before the end came.
Lester Huisman and Arthur Slifer of Grundy Center left town shortly after nine o'clock Saturday evening. They were driving west in Lester's car, a model A Ford. About a mile west of town the car began to shimmy and the driver apparently lost control. The car left the road and ran off a small grade on the south side of the paving. The car turned over on its side before it stopped. Lester was thrown against the door post in the car with such force that his skull was broken. He was not injured elsewhere. Arthur Slifer, who was in the same seat with Lester, was not hurt at all.
Lester was lying on the floor of the car after the car had stopped. Sidney Murray and Everett Rogers, who were coming from the opposite direction, saw the car turn over. They helped to lift the Huisman car back on its four wheels and they took the injured young man to a doctor's office in town.
Were Not Speeding
Huisman was driving only at an average rate of speed when the car left the road, according to Arthur Slifer. This is proven by the fact that the car stopped after it had turned on its side. Further proof is in the slight damage done to the car. A glass in one door was broken and two of the fenders were bent. The car was driven to town on its own power.
Funeral Services Tuesday
Huisman's body was taken from the doctor's office to the Engelkes funeral home in town. Later it was taken to the home of the parents who reside on a farm four miles southeast of Grundy Center.
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon and later at the Baptist church in Grundy Center. The local pastor, Rev. A. G. Annette, had charge of the services. He was assisted at the church by Rev. Voskuil. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery. The large church was filled during the funeral services.
Lester Huisman was born on a farm near Grundy Center on December 8, 1913. He spent all of his life on a farm in the vicinity of Grundy Center. He was assisting on his father's farm up to the time of his death. He was an only son who was beloved by members of his family and who was a valued helper to his parents on the farm. Surviving are the father and mother and two sisters, Lillian (Mrs. Robt. Hillygus), and Yvonne.
Relatives from a distance who were here at the funeral were Ellsworth Kline, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bonk, Mrs. Henry Meinders, Mrs. Dewel Snoderly, Henry Peppler, Mr. and Mrs. A. Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Musty, all from Waterloo; Mrs. Oscar Hooper, Mrs. Wm. Huston, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Blass, Miss Eunice Hair, all of Sac City; Franklyn Hooper, Keosauqua, Iowa; and Miss Dorothy Jones, Burlington.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 October 1935, pg 1
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