Mansfield News Journal 18th June 1956. Ohio.
Two persons were injured, one of them critically, in an accident involving a State Highway Patrol car and three other autos at U.S. Route 36 N. and State Route 231, Nevada Village, Wyandot County at 6 p.m. yesterday.
Critically hurt was Lillie Thomas age 86 of La Rue, who was admitted to Wyandot Memorial Hospital at Upper Sandusky with head and internal injuries and fractures of both wrists, according to state highway patrolmen.
The driver of the car in which the Thomas women was riding, Ruby Emptage age 64 of La Rue, was admitted to Wyandot Hospital for treatment of shock and bruises.
Officers said the State Highway Patrol car driven by Patrolman Stanley Smith age 30, of Bucyrus R.D.2, an officer at the Bucyrus post, was escorting Harold Zimmerman 42, of Galion, to mayor’s court in Nevada Village after a minor traffic violation.
The patrol car, followed by Zimmerman’s auto, stopped to let traffic go by. A car driven by Clarence Good age 49 of Lorain, stopped behind Zimmerman and the Emptage car hit the rear of Good’s car. Good’s car was pushed into the rear of Zimmerman’s auto and the Zimmerman’s car into the rear of the patrol car. Officers said the Emptage and Good cars were total losses. There was considerable damage to Zimmerman’s car and minor damage to the patrol car.
Galion Inquiry 19th June 1956.
Mrs Lillie Thomas, La Rue, Dies Monday of Crash Injuries.
Mrs Lillie Thomas age 86 of Rt.1, La Rue, died in Wyandot Memorial Hospital here at 2.30 p.m. Monday as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident at the inter-section of Routes 231 and 30 N. Sunday afternoon 17th June 1956.
Mrs Thomas, whose injuries included head and internal injuries and possible fractures of both wrists, was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, Mrs Ruby Emptage, 64, which crashed into a line of cars waiting to make a left hand turn off Route 30 N. onto Route 231.
Bucyrus State Highway Patrol headquarters announced this morning that Mrs Emptage had been cited to appear before Forrest Bacon, Upper Sandusky, justice of the peace on charges of failing to stop in the assured clear distance.
The hearing is slated for July 3.
Ruby Blanche Emptage nee Thomas was born to parents Wilbur Oswald Thomas and Lillie (Leslie) on the 29th February 1892 at Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, Ohio.
Ruby married James Finley Emptage, son of James Amos Emptage and Caroline (Fehl) in Wyandot County on the 20th January 1917, and they had a daughter, Deloris June Emptage born on 19th June 1919.
Ruby’s husband, James Finley Emptage died on the 20th November 1943 age 55. Ruby never remarried and she died on the 18th June 1980 age 88, and was buried alongside her husband James at Chandler Cemetery, Marseilles,Wyandot County.
Ruby and James’s daughter, Deloris June Emptage married a Charles Bower in 1940 and she was widowed around 1944. Deloris then married David R. Van Buskirk on the 22nd January 1945. Deloris died on the 22nd June 2005 age 86.