Thursday, May 11, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 11

May 11, 1912 – Two were killed almost instantly while two others of a party were seriously injured as a result of an auto accident at Argyle, nine miles north of Warren, Minn., at 4 p.m. today. The car and its occupants were struck by a southbound Great Northern freight locomotive.

The locomotive was running about 20 miles an hour. All of the occupants were thrown clear of the car.

The Dead:

Miss Lou Tiedt, 30-years-old, Argyle, Minn.

Miss Anna Misner, Euclid, Minn.

The Injured:

Miss L. Misner, Euclid, Minn.

Victor Tiedt, Argyle, Minn., driver of the car, badly bruised about the body.

Miss Lou Tiedt, sister of the driver and daughter of the most prominent merchant of Argyle, was dead when the train crew and others rushed to give assistance. The Misses Misner, members of the most prominent families in Polk County, were visiting in Argyle. They arrived there early today and intended to leave on an evening train for home.

It is said that Mr. Tiedt attempted to cross the tracks ahead of the train, and the car engine died as the vehicle reached the track. Other witnesses assert the train was hidden from view by a few trees a short distance back, and that the auto party did not notice the train in time to stop, but put on more speed in an attempt to cross safely.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Two Killed, Two Injured When auto Hits Auto. Argyle and Euclid Minn. Residents Victims of Accident at Former Town. Occupants Thrown Clear of the Machine—Cause of Crash Uncertain.”; May 12, 1912; p. 1.


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