Paul Dahl obituary

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NEWPAPER The Lyle Tribune
DATE July 21, 1933



The funeral Was Held Thursday Af-
ternoon at the Home and was
Largely Attended by Relatives and
Friends From Far and Near.

"Death takes us by surprise
And stays our hurrying feet"

Automobile accidents are common these days when highways are congested and cars speed to and fro along the by ways, but when one's own community is the scene of such a tragedy the suffering and sorrow following in its wake, seems more appalling. News of a motor spill spread about the village, Saturday morning, and the atmosphere was tense with anxiety for those on whom the calamity had fallen.

Three Lyle lads, Harold Johnson, Carol Ries, and Paul Dahl, were returning from a joy ride, early Saturday morning, when the jaunting car in which they were traveling, struck a deep rut, and went into the ditch on the state line road about a quarter of a mile west of the George Tieman place. The occupants were thrown out, and Paul was rendered unconscious. The other boys were bruised and scratched, but nothing serious. Frank Bedford and Donald Anderson also traveling toward Lyle, arriving at the scene of the accident fifteen minutes later saw the lads in distress and brought them to Lyle. Investigation revealed that Paul was suffering from a concussion of the brain. He never regained consciousness, but while there was life, there was hope.

Miss Genevieve Dahl, who was at Neilville, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Krause, of Sherburn, Minn., and other relatives were notified, and together the loved ones watched thru the hours of three days and three nights, until Tuesday morning when the spark of life was quenched, and with it the cherished hope that Paul might be restored to health.

The accident occurred eight years to a day after the funeral of his two brothers, Fred and Glenn, who were drowned in the St. Croix river near Oseola, Wisconsin. This tragic accident, coming as it did on an anniversary of that event makes it harder, if such is possible, for the family to bear the parting. The sincere sympathy of the community goes out to them at this time.

Paul, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Dahl, reached his 17th birthday March 2nd last. He was a junior at the Lyle high school, a member of the glee club boy scouts and the band, and was popular, both in and out of school circles. He was loyal to his friends and had many. He was resourceful, capable, and a leader among his companions. Shall we say with the poet:

For Love will dream, and faith will
That somehow, somewhere, meet we

Alas, for him who never sees
The stars shine through his cypress
Who hath not learned in hours of
The truth of sense and flesh unknown
That life is ever lord of death
And love can never lost is own.

And when the sunset gates unbar,
Shall we not see him waiting stand,
And white against the evening star
The welcome of his becoming hand?