1944 - Woman Dies as Car Hits Tree - Car Skids on Ice on South Main Road
Mrs. Ruth Williamson, 30, Rochelle, was killed at 3:40 a.m. Sunday when she lost control of her automobile on the ice on South Main road a half mile north of Pelley road and the machine crashed into a tree.
Mrs. Williamson, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Floyd Williamson, is serving with the army in the South Pacific, incurred a fracture of the neck and was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Anthony hospital, where she was taken by her father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Nottelmann, Pelly road.
Found by Father
The Nottelmanns had met Mrs. Williamson in Rockford after she had finished her night's work in a Loves Park tavern and followed in their car when she started for home. Mrs. Williamson had intended to drive back to Rochelle although the Nottlemanns had sought to persuade her to spend the night at their home because of the icy condition of the roads.
Mr. and Mrs. Nottlemann were driving some distance behind Mrs. Williamson's car and did not witness the accident. First to arrive at the scene, however, they found her slumped over the steering wheel. They lifted her out of the machine, placed her in their own car and took her to the hospital. Nottlemann said he believed his daughter was dead when he reached her side.
Coroner David Klontz will conduct an inquest Wednesday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements are being made at the Unger funeral home in Rochelle, where friends may call Tuesday.
Mrs. Williamson had worked at the Loves Park tavern for the past six weeks. Previously she had been employed in Rochelle at Harr's restaurant and the Whitcomb Locomotive works. She resided at 414 1-2 Cherry avenue in Rochelle.
Born in Cherry Valley
Ruth Viola Williamson was born in Cherry Valley May 26, 1914, and attended school there. She was married to Williamson three years ago last April. A son by a previous marriage, Charles Berkheimer, 10, resides with his father at 2801 Lapey street.
Mrs. Williamson's mother died 18 years ago.
Two sisters, Mrs. Anna Singley, Orrtanna, Pa., and Mrs. Vera Martin of Oregon; a brother William Nottlemann, South Main road, and a step-sister, Mrs. Verda Warne, who resides with the Nottelmanns, survive.
January 1, 1945
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