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Oaks, Vivian Lorane1916 - 1942


Posted By: Doris Hoffman, Volunteer (email)
Date: 11/1/2010 at 11:13:20

Vivian Lorane Oaks, daughter of Walter and Anna Oaks, was born in Plymouth County, Iowa, April 1, 1916. She lived on a farm east of Westfield with her parents until 1920, when they moved to Westfield. She attended the Westfield Consolidated school, where she graduated with the Class of 1934. She remained at home with her mother until four years ago, when she came to work in the Pantry Lunch Cafe in Akron and was employed there at the time of her death.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna Oaks, of Westfield; two brothers, Alvin and Louis, both serving with the armed forces of the United
States; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Kroksh, of Westfield; Mrs. Bernice Boyd, of Yankton, S. D., and Mrs. Myron Waterbury of Akron.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Rosow Funeral Home here, conducted by Rev. A. A. Howe, pastor of the Akron
Methodist church. Interment was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery at Adaville.

Akron Register Tribune
Thursday, December 31, 1942
Akron, Iowa

Car Telescoped
Two Killed In Automobile
Accident A t Akron Monday
On Bridge Rail Edward Adams
And Vivian Oakes Are Victims

Sheriff Frank Scholer and Patrolman H. J. Pottebaum were called to Akron, Monday morning, to investigate an automobile accident in which a young man and a young woman were killed.

The dead are Edward Adams, 26, of Akron, and Vivian Oakes, 26, of Westfield, members of well known families living in the west part of the county. No person witnessed the accident which occurred early in the morning about 6 o'clock.

The accident happened near the Akron Country club grounds on old highway No. 5 when a car, a Chevrolet 5V8, crashed into the abutment of a concrete bridge over a deep gully. John Vogelzang, a farmer residing nearby, heard a crash, he told officers, around about 6 o'clock and going out saw a car on the bridge. He returned to the house and telephoned Velton Barr, the Akron marshal, who went to investigate.

The car was jammed astride the bridge railing and the body of Miss Oakes was pinned in the front seat when the front end of the car was telescoped. Her body and head were badly crushed.

The body of Edward Adams was thrown clear of the car and was hurled down the embankment of the stream and was sticking head first in the ice and slush and two and a half inches of water. One of his shoes was torn off. His head was badly crushed.

The bodies were conveyed to the Rossow Funeral Home in Akron. Mr. Adams, who conducts an oil station in Akron, was taking Miss Oakes to Westfield where she has relatives. She has been living in Akron where she has relatives, Both of their watches had stopped at 6:25 a. m. according to officers.

Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Tuesday, December 29, 1942
Le Mars, Iowa

Coming as a great shock to this community was the accidental death of Edward Adams and Miss Vivian Oaks, well known residents here, Monday morning, when the auto in which they were riding collided with a cement bridge abutment on the old section of Highway 5, a mile southeast of town, near the entrance of the former Akron golf club. It is understood they had attended a party at the local Eagles' club Sunday night and were supposedly enroute to the home of Miss Oaks mother at Westfield when the crash came that evidently ended both their lives instantly.

John Vogelzang, who lives near the scene of the accident, saw the wrecked car a the bridge after daylight Monday morning and notified Marshal Velton Barr, who, after a casual investigation at the scene, notified Sheriff Fran Scholer, who, with Deputy Sheriff Le Hentges and Patrolman H. J. Pottebaum, investigated the accident. The determined it was an unavoidable accident and no inquest was held. The Rossow ambulance brought both bodies to Akron following the official investigation.

Both young people were widely known and popular here, and the tragedy of their taking away came as stunning blow to relatives, as well a to a host of friends, who tender deepest sympathy to the bereaved families.

Akron Register Tribune
Thursday, December 31, 1942
Akron, Iowa


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