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YOUTH KILLED, 2 HURT AS WALL COLLAPSES One man was crushed to death and two others injured here about 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon when several several tons of bricks'and mortar tumbled tumbled down from atop the one-story oW Herder building on Main Street. Jack Gober, 23-year-old student and soE-ip.-Iaw of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Reur.tree of WeimarrHved only a few seconds after he feD wita the awning em wMch he was staadi-ig and bricks feS oa top of Mm. Injured were Bill Ratliff, who received received cots on his head, and Alvin M. sustained a slight arm Wfcen the accident occurred, Gober, KcBee, and D. D. South, were standing standing on the awning, which' extended over the sidewalk ir. front of the Main Package Store and was supported supported by steel braces fastened in the brick false-front of the building. Evidently Evidently the brick front, about f our feet high, had deteriorated enough that the weight of the three men on the awning pulled the whole wall ever. South narrowly escaped injury and possible death by grabbing and hold- feig- onto a vertical pipe structure that o&ce held a sign, but the other two men feU with the awning to the street belsw. Tile three men had been engaged engaged in putting up a neon sign for the package store, owned by Bill Rat- 'Hff, ^cjio was standing on the side- fraik at the edge of the awning when the erdsSi came, Fortunately, no one was standing mteier tlie awning when it fell. Ordl- peopie standing around in front of the store. KcCaU Sanders had walked under tfee awing only seconds before the accfdemt; hearing the crash, he turned arosged and rrahed to help the victims. Dan Herder had sis J been under the wmng, and walked out to a spot about 10 feet away just before it fell. The building, one of the oldest in Weimar, was originally the general store of George Herder, Sr.. and later later of the Herder Mercantile Company. Company. The Western half of it, a two-story Structure, has since been occupied by BHJeek's Grocery, while the one-story part where the accident occurred houses the Main Package Store and Dan Herder's office. Gober, a veteran with three years Array service and holder of two bronze stars and other medals, had been visiting in the Rountree home here and was assisting South and McBec with their neon sign work. Gober had been attending a neon school In Denton, lacking only a short time of completing the course. He was a native of Throckmorton, Texas. Military funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Throckmorton, the Baptist pastor of that place officiating. Surviving are his parents of Throckmorton; his wife, the former Miss Sue Rountree, whom he married married at Sheridan about three months ago; six brothers and three sisters. The Mercury staff joins many others others here in extending heartfelt sympathy sympathy to the family here in* theii tragic loss. THREE HURT AS BLEACHER FALLS Three Bastrop spectators at the Bastrop-Schulenburg district championship championship game last Friday were injured injured when -a unit of temporary bleacher seats fell a few seconds before before game-time. Mrs. P. J. Dodson, wife of the Bastrop Bastrop school superintendent, was most seriously hurt; she sustained a broken broken leg. Also injured were Rev. J. W. Griffin, Bastrop Methodist pastor, who sprained an ankle; and Miss Lillie Lillie Mae Schaeffer of Bastrop, who received received minor-cufs and bruises. All three were taken to Schulze Hospital at Schulenburg; Mrs. Dodson was released released Saturday and the other two were discharged after first-aid treat- About 75 people were on the bleacher bleacher when it fell. Witnesses said it went down slowly but too suddenly for many to jump off. BARTA'S COLLECT $750 DAMAGES FROM ACCIDENT A judgment last week from Judge Lester Holt's district court ordered Aldine C. Burkholder of Freeport to pay $500 to Mrs. Louise Barta, widow of the late August Barta, and $250 to her son, Lawrence, 15, in a suit November 8. In the accident, the father, August Barta, was struck ami killed by the car driven by Burkholder, it was alleged alleged in the petition presented by Mrs. Barta's lawyer. The Bartas had sued for S12.000 ages. The judgment stipulates that funeral funeral expenses and doctor bills be paid from the $500. The $260 is to be paid and to be given into the hands of his legal guardian for his benefit, when a guardian is appointed. FINAL RITES FOR MRS. PAUL APPELT AT HALLETTSVILLE Funeral services for Mrs. Paul Appelt, Appelt, 61. sister of Leonard Heinsohn nf the Weimar area, wore hold Sun! Sun! day afternoon. Nov. 30. ai HaHotts-

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  1. The Weimar Mercury,
  2. 05 Dec 1947, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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