John Kirby, 50, Montreal (Iron County) Wisc., died Monday in Sacred Heart hospital, Tomahawk, of injuries suffered Saturday afternoon when the car in which he was riding plowed into a bridge abutment on Highway 47 about one quarter of a mile south of Lac du Flambeau. Three others in the car were taken to Ironwood, Mich., for treatment but only one, Steven Rodman, also of Montreal, required hospitalization. He is a patient in Grand View hospital in the Michigan city. Except that the driver was a man named Mead the names of the other injured were not obtained at the time of the accident.
In a second accident, Sunday afternoon on Highway 51, three miles north of Woodruff, two young persons were seriously injured in a collision. Taken to Tomahawk for hospital treatment were Al Gibbs, Boulder Junction, driver of one car, who suffered a fractured pelvis, and Marie Kurb, Lac du Flambeau, a passenger in Gibbs car who suffered severe cuts and bruises about the legs and body.
According to a report by Traffic Officer Everett Wilson, Gibbs was going north on Highway 51 and started to make a U-turn at a road intersection. The car following him was unable to stop and smashed into the left side of the Gibbs automobile. The other vehicle was driven by John T. Padjen, Mellen, who escaped with bruises.
In another Saturday accident six persons from Lac du Flambeau were treated for injuries in Rhinelander after their car ran off Highway 45-47 about one mile north of Pelican lake. The mishap happened at night. Hospitalized at Rhinelander were Mrs. Elizabeth Polar, 34; her daughter, Dorothy 19; Donovan Diver, 19; and Laura Jack, 17. Treated and released were the driver, Raymond Jackson, 20; and the owner of the car, Jack Sharlow, 40. All were cut and bruised and Diver suffere a wrist fracture.
Source: Lakeland Times, April 1, 1954, page 1