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Re: WILLIAM P. CORNELIUS
Posted by: Laura McCormick (ID *****1195) Date: February 27, 2012 at 07:08:00
In Reply to: Re: WILLIAM P. CORNELIUS by RICHARD CRAVEN of 478

Weatherford Daily News, 6 Jan 1949, p 1 col 2:
TRAVELER DIES WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING HIGHWAY CRASH
Bride Survives Honeymoon Tragedy with Minor Injuries: Car, Contents, Demolished
A wreck shattered holiday honeymoon ended in tragedy here at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday with the Death at the Weatherford Emergency hospital of William J Cornelius, 33, husband of less than a fortnight. He was the victime of a Highway 66 auto crash 10 miles east of here shortly after noon Sunday.
Married December 26 at the home of the bride's parents at Adrian, Mich, the couple was traveling west to Albuquerque, N. Mex., where they planned to make their home, at the time of the fatal accident. A mile and a half east of Hydro, their car swerved off the road, out of control, and crashed into an embankment with such force that Cornelius was buried near 40 feet. He suffered severe head injuries.
His bride, who was driving at the time, received only painful bruises and torn shoulder ligaments. The car, a 1941 Chevrolet, was demolished, as were most of the contents. According to Mrs. Cornelius, the car's wheels ran off the pavement onto the shoulder of the road. She lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled over three times.
Cornelius was a technician with the Air National Guard. His body is being taken to Edina, Mo. for burial.

My note: The original portion of Hwy 66 still exists at this location. The cement highway has sloped 'curbs' and is dangerous even now. I tried to type this just as it was in the newspaper article, even with the spelling error.
www.weatherfordgenealogy.org


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