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Arnold Garst, the first auto death in Fremont county, June 1910.

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Arnold Garst, the first auto death in Fremont county, June 1910.

Posted: 1332958531000
Classification: Death
Edited: 1332959412000
Surnames: Garst, Golden, Wright, Carey. Smith
THE FREMONT COUNTY HERALD. June 24, 1910. "AUTOMOBILE RIDE ENDS IN DEATH". -- Though Fremont county has her full quota of auto owners the first fatality reported from the quite general use of the machines occurred about a miles south of Hamburg Tuesday evening when Arnold Garst was almost instantly killed and one of his little daughters critically, if not fatally, injured the overturning of the car.

In the auto with Mr. Garst were his two daughters, Ruby and Bessie, Rhetta Golden and a daughter of the Rev. Mr. Wright. Just what caused the accident is difficult of explanation but it is supposed to have been from the bursting of a tire--or rather two of them, one in front and one in the rear being found punctured when the car was righted. Indications are that the machine turned over twice. The road at this point is perfectly level and it is thought that in no other way could the mishap have occurred. Mr. Garst's ribs were torn loose from the spinal column and he was terribly bruised and crushed. The unfortunate man was taken to the home of Will Carey nearby where he expired about 8:30.

The little girl who was riding in the front seat beside the driver had her collar bone broken and it is feared she is injured internally. Other members of the party escaped with minor injuries.

Mr. Garst was a man of middle age and quite wealthy. Only this spring he sold the fine Clover Wave farm near Hamburg to Eb Smith for $187.50 per acre. He seems to have been peculiarly unfortunate in the way of accidents. A little more than a year ago a spirited driving team ran away with him, throwing him out and breaking his hip and causing injuries from which it was thought he could not recover, but through the persistent effort of the physicians his life was saved, though he was slightly crippled.

The funeral will take place at Hamburg today, though we have not the particulars at this time.

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