#TBT Five Killed in Crash at Volga


Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 20, 1941 (evening); p. 1, col. 7

Several Others In Critical Condition; Cause of Tragedy Not Clear

VOLGA, Oct. 20 (AP) — Death riding in a South Dakota and a Minnesota car, the latter loaded with floral wreaths for a funeral, claimed a fifth victim from an automobile crash on US highway 14 eight miles west of here Saturday night when Erwin Deyo, 28, St. Paul, Minn., died early Sunday.

Three of four brothers hurt remained in critical condition this morning.

Mrs. Erwin Deyo, 24, a bride of four months, was killed instantly. Clarence Moon, about 55, Egan, S.D., farmer, and Mrs. Louis Deyo, 26, St. Paul, wife of Erwin’s brother, also met instantaneous death. Thomas Chamberlain, 55, Flandreau, S.D., farmer, died shortly after he was taken to a hospital.

Remaining in critical condition were Mrs. Goldie Forbes, 34, Spring Valley, Minn., sister of the Deyos and driver of one car; Milo Moon, 28, Egan, driver of the other car; and Mrs. Henry Kalser, 40, St. Paul.

Lighting Cigarette

Louis Deyo, 39, only person in the two cars not seriously hurt, was recovering from cuts about the face and chest. He could give no light on the accident beyond saying he was lighting a cigarette when “a terrific crash” occurred.

The Deyos, Mrs. Forbes, and Mrs. Kalser were enroute to Huron, S.DD. [sic] for a funeral of Oscar Bande, an uncle of the Deyo brothers. The trunk of the Minnesota car was filled with floral wreaths and flowers.

It had not been determined today whether an inquest will be held.

Cause Not Known

Sheriff Henry Claussen of Brookins county, investigating the crash which occurred in a heavy rain, said that although the Egan car with the Moons and Chamberlain was heading east and the Minnesota car was on a westward journey the Minnesota car was struck from behind. He theorized the Minnesotans had become confused in the rain or, running out of gasoline, had turned eastward before the accident.

Death of Erwin Deyo, only one of the Minnesotans not thrown clear of the car, was due to burns suffered when the gasoline tank exploded and consumed the automobile.

Chamberlain was a brother-in-law of Clarence Moon and Clarense [sic] was Milo’s father.

Relatives claimed the bodies of all the dead and arrangements were made for funeral services at their respective home communities.

Mrs. Louis Deyo is survived by seven children. Clarence Moon and Chamberlain each leave their widow and several children.

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