Dybendahl, Gunder (1896)
DYBENDAHL, GULLICKSON, WOLF, IRISH, JONES
Posted By: Paul Nagy, volunteer (email)
Date: 2/3/2012 at 19:04:06
March 6, 1896
Last Friday evening [6 Mar 1896] Gunder Dybendahl, a farmer living about six miles northwest of this city, while driving home, was thrown from the wagon and received a fracture of the skull which caused his death.
The particulars of the accident are not fully known, as no one was with him at the time, but as nearly as they can be gotten at are as follows:
It seems one of his neighbors was driving ahead of him, and when about four miles from town they began running horses. The race continued until they reached Helick Gullickson's place only a short distance from Dybendahl’s home, where his team turned in. Mr. Gullickson caught the team and found that the owner was not with them, whereupon he drove back to search for him, thinking some accident had happened. After searching for some time he found Dybendahl lying by the roadside unconscious, near the Wolf farm, about five miles from town. He was taken home and Drs. Irish and Jones called. An examination revealed a large fracture of the skull just above the right ear. The indentation was as large as a sliver dollar. An operation was performed and a large amount of clotted substance removed, but the case was beyond the reach of human skill. He lived about twenty-four hours and died without regaining consciousness.
Mr. Dybendahl was a well-to do farmer and had been a resident of this county for about ten years. He was a Scandinavian by birth and was an honest and industrious man, although somewhat addicted to drink. His sudden and untimely end will be deeply regretted by all. Funeral services were held yesterday at the West Prairie Lutheran church near Thompson.
“Fatal Accident.” THE INDEPENDENT (Forest City, Iowa) 12 Mar 1896: 5. Print.
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