Oscar Hofland killed

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Thursday, July 30, 1953
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Oscar Emmett Hofland, age 42 of Toeterville, Iowa, was killed instantly at 11:15 a. m. Wednesday when the new 1953 Ford he was driving collided head-on with an Olsmobile driven by Edwin Keeker of Ames, Ia. The accident happened about 7 miles north of St. Ansgar on Highway 218 and a mile east of the Mona corner. The Ames driver had almost completed the curve when the two cars collided. It is reported that Mr. Hofland's car had sideswiped another car in or near Lyle, Minn., a few minutes before the fatal accident and that Mr. Hofland was on his way home from Austin where he is employed at the Hormel packing company plant. He lived with his brother I. C. Hofland on a farm 1 mile east and 1 mile south of the curve where the accident occurred. Hofland died instantly from a broken neck and had to be extricated from the completely wrecked car, which is reported to have rolled over him before coming to a stop.

Mr. Keeker was taken to a hospital in Austin, Minn., and was reported to have a broken leg in the hip, a severe laceration of the neck under the chin, arm and leg lacerations and other injuries. He was conscious when extricated from his wrecked car and stated that he was unable to determine what the other driver was going to do about completing the curve or taking the gravel road which leads east from the highway at this corner. His condition at the hospital at last report was said to be fair.

Both cars were hauled by the H. L. McKinley & Sons wrecker to the McKinley garage in St. Ansgar. They are beyond repair. Because liquor was found in the wreckage of the cars, and because at least one of the drivers was known to drink heavily, liquor is again chargeable with a fatal accident.

Funeral services for Oscar Hofland will be held Saturday, August 1 at 2 p. m. at the Six Mile Grove church with the Rev. S. V. Gjervik officiating. There will be military rites.

Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery in Mona.