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    Not me! Sixty years ago, 10/3/1951, Rock Rapids Iowa, my Uncle Paul lost his life in this crash. He was one of the partners of Van Anne Implement Co. along with my Uncle Bob and my father Francis. They were dealers for Studebaker, Allis-Chalmers, New Holland, New Idea and Farm Hand. The Van Annes are still in the farm machinery business and still drive Studebakers!
    Lou Van Anne
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    Lou Van Anne
    62 Champ
    64 R2 GT Hawk
    79 Avanti II

  • #2
    You gave me a big scare!!!!! Glad to read you were reminiscing and that it was not notification of something terrible happening to you.

    Sorry about the sad anniversary. That was a brand new Studebaker too.
    Jon Stalnaker
    Karel Staple Chapter SDC


    • #3
      Me too. Don't do that again.


      • #4

        What a tragedy! So many times that happened to folks in the days before automatic gates and flashing lights rather than the old painted sawbucks. Folks were so used to driving the same route daily, had other things on their minds, never gave the possibility of a train at thought. We have two railroad crossing here in town, before the flashing lights and gates were installed, many more train-car accidents occurred.

        Of course, everyone here is absent-minded, so it wasn't a surprise!



        • #5
          Lou, sorry for your loss. I'm sure he's missed all these many years later.
          Bill Pressler
          Kent, OH
          (formerly Greenville, PA)
          Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
          Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
          1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
          1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
          All are in Australia now