Helen Betty Prater Whiffin
1915 - 15 January, 1937
Saturday, 16 January, 1937
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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TAKES TWO LIVES
Women Are Killed
When Automobile Is Struck
Canyon county peace officers were
investigating today the deaths of two Caldwell women, Mrs.
Wayne Whiffin, 21, and Miss Doris Evans, 17, who were crushed
when their car was struck by the Union Pacific's westbound
Portland Rose here last night.
inquest will be conducted at the courthouse tomorrow afternoon
at 2 o'clock, Coroner William D. Talley said, when the crew of
the train will be called for questioning. O. E. Norman
of Pocatello was conductor and H. Joslyn of Glenns Ferry,
Frank Piersall said he would attempt to learn why the
accident, which occurred at 6:30 p. m., was not reported to
peace officers immediately. Both Piersall and Talley
said they first learned of the tragedy from newspaper men.
The two women, who were dead upon arrival at the Memorial Park
hospital where a passing motorist, Jack Smeed, had taken them,
were killed as their automobile was driven onto the Twenty
first street crossing near the Union stockyards.
Apparently, onlookers said, their view of the approaching
passenger train was obstructed by a passing freight train and
they drove onto the tracks and into the path of the passenger
engine as the caboose of the freight train cleared the
Struck broadside almost at the
side of the car's driver, the automobile, a light sedan, was
nearly crushed. Force of the impact sent the car
hurtling down the track but it did not overturn.
The two women were badly crushed by the force of the blow.
Neither was thrown from the car.
from the wrecked automobile the two women were taken
immediately to the hospital but both were dead upon arrival.
Neither regained consciousness.
who had waited in his car behind the Whiffin car, said he
honked his horn when he saw the women were driving onto the
track but he blamed the fact that a radio was being operated
in the death car for the failure of the two women to heed his
A small dog, riding in the car
with the women also was a victim of the crash.
Mrs. Whiffin was the wife of Wayne Charles Whiffin, automobile
salesman at the Shorb-McCampbell motor company. She was
Miss Helen Prater of Nampa before her marriage.
Miss Evans, who was a senior at Caldwell high school, was the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Evans, operators of the
American Gardens on Indiana avenue. In addition to her
parents she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ruth Hennis, and a
brother, Harry Evans, Jr., both of whom reside at home.
Funeral arrangements have not been made. The body of
Miss Evans is at the Case Funeral home while that of Mrs.
Whiffin is at the Peckham chapel.
Also this article from The Caldwell News-Tribune
Monday, 18 January,
Last Rites For
To Be Conducted
Mrs. Wayne C. Whiffin, 21-year-old
train-motor car crash victim, was buried today in the Canyon
Hill cemetery. Funeral services were held at the
Presbyterian church with Dr. H. H. Hayman of the College of
Idaho in charge.
Miss Doris Evans, Mrs.
Whiffin's companion who was also killed in the smashup, will
be laid at rest Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will
be held at 2:30 with Dr. James Millar of the College of Idaho
and Rev E. P. Lawrence in charge. Burial will be in the
Canyon Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Whiffin is
survived by her husband who is associated with a local garage,
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Prater of Nampa, a sister,
Mrs. Freda Lester of Nampa and three brothers, Billy and
Wayne of Nampa and Jack, who is with the United States marines
Miss Evans, who was 17 and
a senior at the Caldwell high school, is survived by her
mother and Father, Mrs. and Mrs. Harry Evans, of Caldwell; a
sister, Mrs. Ruth Hennis; a brother, Harry Evans Jr., of
Caldwell and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins in Colorado
Sunday afternoon a
coroner's inquest of the accident, which occurred Friday
evening when the Portland Rose struck the young women's car on
a crossing near the Union Stock yards, was held at the Canyon
county courthouse. The jury decided that the girls came
to their death as a result of the collision but placed no
blame. Coroner William D. Talley of Nampa conducted the
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