BOHL, CARL J. - Minnehaha County, South Dakota | CARL J. BOHL - South Dakota Gravestone Photos

Carl J. BOHL

Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Carl May 13, 1885 - Feb. 24, 1948

Truck – Trailer Collison Take Life of Carl Bohl

Gloom and sadness was flashed over Dell Rapids yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) when the word reached the city that a tragedy has occurred on the highway, about three miles south of here and the life of Carl Bohl had been instantly snapped out.

Mr. Bohl, who was local manager of the Northern States Power Co., was returning from Baltic where he had gone to look after business in connection with his duties. He was nearing the Olia Ronning farm, on highway 77, about three miles out when he met a car driven by M. V. Baumberger, with a trailer hitched to the rear. As the vehicles met the trailer broke loose from the Baumberger car and veered suddenly into the path of Mr. Bohl's car. According to reports Mr. Baumberger stated he was traveling about 35 miles per hour. The trailer was loaded with steel troughs and other farm equipment and when it struck Mr. Bohl's car, which was a Northern States pickup, the impact was so great that the entire engine was pushed back into the car and the cab on the driver's side was badly crushed. It required two wreckers to pull the two vehicles apart. The front wheels of the trailer were rammed completely under the front of the Bohl's car.

It is thought that death was instant. Mr. Bohl's legs and chest were badly crushed as well as his face and foreheads. Carl's little dog "Spot" who always accompanied him in the truck was also killed in the crash.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church in Dell Rapids Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. B.W. Johnson will officiate. Internment will be made in the Dell Rapids Cemetery, with Masonic Burial rites.

Carl J. Bohl was born near Ronders, Denmark, May 13, 1885. He came to this country with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bohl, at the age of 12 years, and had spent practically his entire life in Dell Raids. He was united in marriage to Anna Jarrett in Sioux Falls, May 21, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Bohls are the parents of three sons, Charles of Pipestone, Walter and Russell of Dell Rapids. He is also survived by his aged father, who resides in Sioux Falls; four brothers, Henry, Alfred and William of Sioux Falls and Harold of Broadus, Montana, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Sorenson of Murdo, S.D.

For the past 32 years Mr. Bohl has been manager of the Dell Rapids branch of the Northern States Power Co. During all those years he has identified himself with all the civic affairs of Dell Rapids and was always ready and willing to do more than his share in making the various enterprises a success. He was a charter member of the Dell Rapids commercial club, and has been active in other organizations, including the Dell Rapids Masonic Lodge of which he was a Past Master.

Carl was blessed with a disposition which endeared him all who knew him. He lived by the golden rule and enjoyed life to the fullest, and was always happier when he was doing something for the benefit of others. We daresay that there isn't a person in Dell Rapids who Carl hasn't befriended in some manner of another. He loved children and was a friend to every one of them. His was a full life, and all are better because of having known him.

Contributed on 2/15/09 by dellsfig68
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Record #: 1830

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Submitted: 2/15/09 • Approved: 2/15/09 • Last Updated: 8/13/15 • R1830-G0-S3

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