Willard Degraffenreid

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Willard Degraffenreid - DeGRAFFENREID HAS BROKEN NECK clay spokesman...
DeGRAFFENREID HAS BROKEN NECK clay spokesman one Willard DeGr^ffenreid, Joplin Joplin used car dealer, is in St. John's hospital, Joplin, suffering suffering from a broken back and other injuries sustained in a motorcycle-auto pileup on highway 71 near Neosho Sunday Sunday afternoon. His wife was fatally injured in the accident. He also suffered a broken right hip and fractured right angle. DeGraffenreid and his wife, with Mr. and Mrs. Gene Studdard, Studdard, also of Joplin. and riding another motorcycle, were on their way home from Neoslro Sunday evening. DeGraffen- reid apparently lost control of his machine as they passed a line of cars on the straightaway. straightaway. Witnesses said he side- — 4 d a car caree ned against of , h _ „»,,„_ mnt .nrcvclp. and then the other motorcycle, and then crashed head-on into a car in which Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Scott f Hm T Grocery were driv- 1 1 toward Neosho. The Scott , * craahed into the ditch. Mrs. DeGraffenreid was dashed dashed to the pavement in front of a line of cars, and the condition condition of her body indicated that a car had passed over her. She died shortly after reaching St. John's hospital in Joplin, where she and her husband were ta- of of of is ken by a Bigham ambulance of Neosho. The Studdard motorcycle also went into the ditch, but neither rider suffered more than minor cuts, bruises and abrasions. abrasions. Mr. and Mrs. Scott were treated for minor injuries at Sale Memorial hospital here, where they were brought by a Thompson ambulance, and then were dismissed. DeGraffenreid's hip pocket was ripped from his trousers in the accident, and thus he lost his billfold containing $175 cash, and papers very valuable to | nim In tne congestion of the j crow d which immediately occur- of j re£ }, someone picked up the bill- be — fold and did not turn it over to highway patrolmen, nor was it given to relatives or friends. An appeal for the return of j the billfold and contents is be- of ing made.

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  1. The Neosho Daily News,
  2. 22 Oct 1946, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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