Search billions of records on





Oct 6, 1956

Loren Hidbrader, 60, Center township farmer, a truck driver of the Posey county Highway Department and a Democratic party worker, died at the wheel of his auto from a heart attack at 7:30 o'clock last night.


The fatality occurred on Wadesville-Oliver highway 2 1⁄2 miles north of Oliver.


Riding with Hidbrader in his auto was his wife, nee Carmen Lewis, She was unhurt when the auto rolled up an embankment along the road and turned over on its side.


An autopsy performed at Werry Funeral Home in Poseyville late last night by Dr. William B. Challman, Mt. Vernon, revealed death to have been caused by a chronic heart condition for which the deceased was receiving medical treatment.  Acting County Coroner James H. Tygart, Mt. Vernon said this morning his verdict will be in accordance with the filing of the autopsy.


Friends of the deceased may call at Werry Funeral Home after 6 p.m. today.  Elder Leo Doo, Eldorado, Ill., of the Primitive Baptist Church, will conduct the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Werry chapel.  Burial will be in Laurel Hill cemetery at Wadesville.


Surviving in addition to the wife, are two sons, Merle, Wadesville, and Kenneth, Poseyville, and a brother, Ralph, a New Harmony auto dealer.


the deceased was a representative of two prominent Center township families.  His parents were A.C. Hidbrader and Elizabeth Moye Hidbrader.


The tragedy victim was at work  yesterday as a truck operator of the highway department although he complained of not feeling well, his wife said.  After supper he and his wife drove to the home of Mrs. Pauline Parker near Oliver to hire a son of Mrs. Parker to scoop corn today.


Noticing that her husband was losing control of the slowly moving auto, Mrs. Hidbrader told Sheriff Edmond E. Rutledge and Deputy Sheriff Malcom E Buchanan, who investigated the mishap, that she cautioned: "Loren, you've going to run into the ditch."  He made no reply and 20 feet farther down the road the auto left the highway, rolled up a roadside embankment and turned over on its side.  John DeFur, a telephone worker driving the Wadesville-Oliver highway, arrived on the scene seconds later.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers