Information for Ernest W. Rowland
28 May 1893 - 14 December 1937
Gene Waite Smith
1926 - 14 December 1937
Information from The Caldwell News-Tribune
15 December 1937
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Wilder People In
Death Car When
were killed and two others are in the hospital with injuries
after a head-on collision two miles south of here on the
Wilder highway late night which completely demolished
both cars. The crash occurred during a rainstorm which
obscured vision and rendered the road unsafe for fast driving.
Both victims were from Wilder. Ernest Rowland, 45,
was reported killed almost instantly. Eleven-year-old
Jean Smith, daughter of Mrs. Jean Smith who was driving the
death car, died shortly after reaching the hospital.
Skull fractures and internal injuries were said to be the
causes of each death.
The Smith machine
collided with a car driven by Jack Marshall of Vale, Oregon.
Marshall escaped with two fractures of the left leg although
the tangled wreckage made it seem impossible that anyone could
survive. He was alone.
who suffered severe lacerations of the leg and chin was
reported recovering today. Marshall suffers from intense
shock although his condition is said to be improved by Dr. W.
B. Handford who treated the victims immediately upon their
arrival at the hospital.
were approaching the scene from a distance of about two
hundred yards described the accident graphically. Both
cars, they related, seemed to be engulfed in a bright flash,
almost like an explosion immediately before the terrific
The Marshall car rolled over and
stopped upside down. The windshield was in fragments and
flung into the front seat. The fronts of both machines
were unrecognizable masses of twisted metal.
Rowland is survived by his father, Winfield Rowland; a
brother, Scott Rowland of Cleveland, O., who is on his way
here to arrange the funeral service; a sister, Mrs. Smith,
mother of the dead girl, Fred Rowland of Caldwell is a cousin
of the dead man.
According to latest
reports Coroner William Talley will not call an inquest into
Also this article in
The Caldwell News-Tribune
18 December 1937
Double Funeral To
Be Held For Car
double funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30
at the Peckham Chapel for Ernest Rowland and Jean Waite Smith,
victims of an auto smash-up wich occurred on the Wilder
highway Tuesday evening. The Rev. Merle Burres of the
Wilder Methodist Episcopal church will be in charge.
Interment will be in the Wilder cemetery.
Rowland, who was 46, is survived by his father, W. S. Rowland;
his brother, Scott Rowland, who arrive here last night from
Cleveland, O., and Mrs. Jean Smith, mother of the little girl.
Besides her mother, grandfather and uncle the girl is survived
by her father, Wayne Smith and her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs.
D. N. Smith.
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