Name Age Place of Birth > Place of Death Newspaper Publication Date Submitter
LAMPE, Henry 66  Sudmerzen Hanover DEU>Trenton IL  CarlyleUB  22 May 1930  Linda Holthaus 

Henry Lampe Killed When Struck by Auto

A very sad accident took place at Trenton Sunday night about 9:45 when Henry Lampe, an aged resident of that place, was struck by an automobile; which caused his death a few hours later. The accident happened near his home, in the western part of the city. He had been to the filling station where the New Baden road connects with the highway, and was walking across the hard road to his home. At the place where he had visited, were Harry Ditto, Phillip Gelben and several other men, who went in different directions to their homes. It seems he went east a few feet and seeing a west-bound car waited before crossing. He probably did not notice one coming from the west and when he was just about across the pavement, the car; which was a Willy-Knight, struck him a very hard blow, breaking both of his legs and fracturing his skull, his head having struck the hood. The car was driven by Earl Flemming, a guard at the Joliet penitentiary, who was accompanied by his father and two other men. The driver stated that the car he met had very bright lights, which blinded him and he was unable to see Mr. Lampe until very close to him. The men stopped and called for help and a doctor was called. Other cars were coming and going and although efforts were made to stop them, one persisted in passing and struck Mr. Ditto and apparently ran over the legs of Mr. Lampe. The latter was carried to his home where he died at 2:00 o'clock the next morning. The inquest was held Monday and a verdict of accidental death and unavoidable, was returned. The driver was released.

Mr. Lampe is a former resident of this vicinity and is well known here. He was born at Sudmerzen, Hanover, Germany November 12, 1863. When 20 years of age he came to America and settled at Germantown. He soon married Mary Richter. They went to farming on the Geo. Richter farm north of Breese and moved to St. Rose in 1900 on the Peek farm. In 1908 he purchased the Taylor farm, 8 miles north of Breese, where Hy. Wessel now lives, and made their home there. To this union were born 8 children one died in infancy, and the living are, Mrs. Ben Haselhorst of St. Rose, Ben and Hy. Lampe of Kansas, Aug. Lampe of Trenton, Mrs. Dominic Gillen and Wm. Lampe of Kansas and George Lampe of California. His first wife died in 1912, and he later married Mrs. Mary Diemeke to whom four children were born, Joe, Elizabeth, Johanna and Clara all of home. They moved to Trenton in 1920. Besides the children he leaves his wife, a brother, Ben of Kansas and 84 grandchildren.

Deceased was a member of the St. Mary's Church at Trenton and of the St. Joseph's Sodality. He has been sexton of the Catholic cemetery at Trenton the past several years and gave satisfaction in his work.

Sad as the fatality may be the family should be consoled for he was always a good Christian and neighbor and was always ready to help others. He attended al Divine Services very devotedly. He was a good husband and father who raised a large family in a truly Christian way. The funeral was held this morning from the St. Mary's Church at Trenton.

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.


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