Newton Man Dies in Road Mishap
An 84-year-old Newton man was fatally Thursday following a two-car traffic accident one mile west of Walton on US Highway 50. Adlai J. Vollbracht, 212 E. 8th, died at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel Deaconess Hospital of severe chest injuries, about four hours after the accident. Two Peabody residents also were injured and admitted to Bethel for treatment. Highway trooper said Vollbracht was westbound and ran off the roadway onto the shoulder. He then pulled back on the highway, went into the other lane and collided headon with an eastbound car driven by William L. Rose, 49, Route 2 Peabody, investigators said. They said there was about a five inch drop from the road surface to the shoulder because of work now being done on the highway. Rose received a broken jaw and fractured shoulder and lacerations. His wife, Maryetta, 45, had a fractured shoulder and lacerations and suffered from shock. Both were reported in satisfactory condition this morning. Both drivers were pinned in the car and it required about 45 minutes to free them from the vehicles. Members of the Newton Fire Department rescue squad aided Newton Ambulance personnel at the scene. Friends said Mr. Vollbracht was returning to Newton from a trip to his farm. The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. Friday, July 15, 1977. Page 1.
Adlai J. Vollbracht, 84, 212 E 8th, retired Railway Mail Service employee, died Thursday evening at Bethel Deaconess Hospital from injuries in an automobile accident earlier in the afternoon. He was born Nov. 17, 1892 at Camp Point, Ill., the son of Christian and Fredericka Runte Vollbracht. He moved to Newton from Illinois in 1910, and on Aug. 20, 1920, he married Mae E. Hanna. She died Aug. 6, 1970. Mr. Vollbracht was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, American Legion, Railway Post Office Assn., and was a member of the Harvey County draft board during World War II. Survivors include three sons, Mark H., St. Paul, Neb., Ralph L., Wichita, and Robert J., Newton; two brothers, Aaron, Colorado Springs, and Oren, Oakley; two sisters, Mrs. Jack (ardess) Pryor, Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Herbert (Grace) Mercord, San Leandro, Calif.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence W. and Albert H. Calling time at Draper-Cannon Funeral Home will be this evening and until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Msgr. Irvin F. Lampe will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. Friday, July 15, 1977. Page 14.