John William Mehl

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sunday, July 24, 1938

Injuries Fatal For John Mehl

Automobile Crash Victim Succumbs; Funeral Will Be Held Monday, Gifford

Injured in a car crash on the North & South highway one-half mile east of Spalding Tuesday night, with four others, John Mehl, Jr., 30, Gifford, died at 9 last night at St. Joseph's hospital where he had been taken from the scene of the accident. He had suffered internal injuries when the car he was driving rammed into the rear of one driven by Mel Nickerson, deputy sheriff from Wallace.

Dee McKay, Myrtle, an occupant in the Mehl machine, remains in the hospital, where attendants said yesterday his condition is satisfactory. Mrs. Mehl and Mrs. McKay, also injured in the crash, have been discharged from the hospital, where they received treatment, while Mrs. Vic Holmquist, wife of a Shoshone county deputy sheriff and an occupant of the car driven by Nickerson, was released Thursday. Nickerson himself was unhurt. Two youngsters in the Mehl machine were bruised and shaken but otherwise unhurt.

Funeral Be Monday

Funeral services for the car crash victim will be conducted at 2 Monday afternoon from the Methodist church at Gifford, with Brower-Wann funeral directors in charge. Burial will be in the Gifford cemetery.

Born at Palco, Kans., Sept. 19, 1908, Mehl came to north-central Idaho when a child with his parents. Surviving are the widow, Ruth, and four children, John, Pauline, Ray and Beverly; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mehl; two brothers, Clifford and Ralph, and two sisters, Mrs. O. W. Hamilton and Marjorie Mehl, all of Gifford.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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