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Albert McGruther
Male - 1920

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  • Gender  Male 
    Interesting Life Story  accident, story 
    Misfortune  1920  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in accident 
    Residence  Bef 1920  Parry Sound, Parry Sound District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-196121 
    Died  30 Oct 1920  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I196121  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

  • Notes 
    • Two Motor at Fatalities at Kitchener

      Wife of Former New Hamburg Resident Killed

      Two lives were lost and a third person was seriously injured in motor accidents which occurred on King street, Kitchener, on Saturday night. Albert McGruther, formerly of Parry Sound, was the first victim, and Mrs. Edward Ludwig, of 101 Wellington street, was the second. McGruther. who was riding a bicyle [sic] beside a moving van, in which be was transferring his household effects from Waterloo to Lancaster street, Kitchener, was knocked down from behind by a motor car driven by Russel Hahn of Heidelberg. Hahn is being held on a charge of manslaughter.

      The second accident was the most unusual and tragic. Mrs. Edward Ludwig and her husband were knocked down from behind, when a riderless motorcyle [sic], with a side car, jumped from the pavement onto the sidewalk, crashing into the couple, killing Mrs. Ludwig almost instantaneously and seriously injuring her husband.

      The cause of the accident was a crash between two motorcycles about a block east of where the other fatality occurred. William Schaefer, who was riding the motorcycle, which killed Mrs. Ludwig, was knocked from his machine by a motorcycle driven by Walter Heiser, as a result of the latter trying pass Schaefer's machine and crashing into it as he was about to pass.

      Schaefer was thrown from his machine and the motorcycle going at high speed continued riderless, dashing west on King street for about 300 yards, when it leaped suddenly to the sidewalk, bowling over Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig. The cycle kept on its wild career along the sidewalk and was finally stopped. when it crashed into the new office building of the Kaufman Rubber Company at present under construction.

      The stricken couple were carried into the office of Dr. Shields, which was nearby. By that time Mrs. Ludwig was dead. Mr. Ludwig was then taken to the hospital. For about two hours he was unconscious, slight concussion of the brain having resulted. He passed a bad night, but on Sunday morning had improved and examination showed that the injuries were only external. Schaefer and Heiser are being held on charges of manslaughter.

      Albert McGruther, the first victim, was attended to by Dr. Hamilton, but died before reaching the hospital. He has a wife and two small children. The accident happened a few hundred yards west of the G. T. R. crossing on King St. When his bicycle was hit, McGruther was thrown onto the hood of the motor car, his head breaking the windshield. His body was then burled about 50 feet and landed in front of an approaching street car.

      The late Mrs. Ludwig was formerly Miss Ethel Wagner, and was born in Kitchener on May 29th, 1893. Her father, William Wagner, died about three years ago. She was married to Mr. Edward Ludwig last February. Her husband was a resident of New Hamburg for many years, having left here for Kitchener a little over a year ago, and the entire community will sympathize with him in his sudden and tragic bereavement. Besides her stricken husband she is survived by four brothers and four sisters. Deceased was a member of Zion Evangelical Church, Kitchener, and also a member of the church choir. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon from her late home on Wellington street to Mount Hope Cemetery.

      New Hamburg Independent, November 5, 1920

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