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Hauck, Emma 1892-1917

HAUCK, BENSON, HUGHES, MCKEEN

Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 10/21/2020 at 17:32:20

Emma Hauck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hauck, born at Reed, Iowa, March 12, 1892. When still a babe her parents moved to Farmers bury making that place their home until the month of Oct. 1902, then moving to Howard Co., which is still their home. She met her untimely death on Aug. 20, 1917. She leaves to mourn her loss her sister, Mrs. W. Guy Bensod of Minneapolis, a sister, Mrs. William Hughes and Mrs. Raymond McKeen of Minneapolis, and two brothers Harry F. Hauck at home, and Hugo L. Hauck of Buffalo, Mont., and her parents.

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Aug. 31, 1917, P-4 C-4

Miss Emily Hauck Instantly Killed and Her Parents Seriously Injured.

Our people were horrified Tuesday morning to hear of the terrible automobile accident which claimed as its victims a highly esteemed family residing near Davis Corners. From the Decorah Republican we reprint the following account of the affair written by T. F. Schmitz, editor of the Ossian Bee, which is doubtless correct in detail:

“Mr., and Mrs. Theodore Hauek, their son Harry and daughter Emily of near Lime Springs, accompanied by Miss Edna Omoth, the latter a daughter of a business man in Lime Springs, met with a most serious accident in the town limits of Ossian on Monday evening when the Hauck automobile, which was driven by Harry Hauck, dashed into a tree near the Wm. P. Mullaney home and turned over three times, instantly killing Emily Hauck and seriously injuring Mr. and Mrs. Hauck.

The party were on their way to a relative near Postville, where they intended to spend the evening. They were a little late in leaving home, so it is said, and to gain as much time as possible the car was speeded the entire distance from Lime Springs. On leaving Calmar they passed other cars. The driver of another car was unyielding, however, and gave the Hauck car a chase that led to the terrible disaster. According to witnesses these two cars were going at a great rate of speed, and cars traveling in the opposite direction gave them the entire right of way.

They had already entered the town limits of Ossian. The cars were running neck and neck! They were traveling with astonishing swiftness which caused witnesses to stand aghast! They sped on and on, and when the Hauck car was within fifty or sixty feet of the huge tree near the Mullaney home it left the center of the main traveled road about twelve feet, headed squarely for the middle of the great tree.

How it happened no one can tell definitely. A large root, on the west side of the tree evidently averted a more serious catastrophe. It is believed by many that the front wheels of the car struck the root which swerved the vehicle to one side, allowing the front end of the car to pass the tree. The rear wheel, however, struck the tree, and the vehicle, it is said, was lifted high into the air, tearing off the top, and rolling over three times, stopping at a distance of 81 1/2 feet east of the tree, top side down. Emily Hauck, witnesses say, was thrown out of the car after the bow in the top had crushed her face nearly beyond recognition. She alighted about 75 feet, from the tree, death being instantaneous. Mr. and Mrs. Hauck and Misses Omoth were thrown out of the car but Harry was underneath it and was later extricated.

Mr. Hauck sustained several fractured ribs on the left side, a few scalp wounds and internal injuries, but the extent of internal injuries could not be determined. Mrs. Hauck received serious internal injuries, all the ribs on the right side broken, and injuries to the limbs. Harry Hauck, the driver, received several scratches and slight injuries, while Miss Omoth escaped unhurt.

Efforts were-made to locate the other car, but proved fruitless.

The Hauck car was badly damaged. Both hind wheels were broken to bits; the top was smashed; the windshield broken; fenders twisted; and one door broken off. it was equipped with new rear wheels on Tuesday and taken to Elgin.”

Mr. and Mrs. Hauck were brought to the Cresco hospital Tuesday morning, and the latest reports are that they are resting easily. Mr. Hauck is improving nicely and there are hopes for the recovery of Mrs. Hauck, whose life was at first despaired of.

The remains of Miss Hauck were taken to her late home and on Thursday her funeral was held at the M. E. Church at Lime Springs

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Aug. 24, 1917, P-1 C-3

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