Contact: Ken Wood
Surnames: Schroeder, Svetik, O'Neill
----Sources: Marshfield News Herald Thursday July 27, 1944 Page 10
NO SABOTEUR DISAPPEARING CAR HITS TELEPHONE POLE AT NEILLSVILLE
Neillsville, Wis.--Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schroeder, Racine, have been vacationing in and around Neillsville for the past few days. After an uneventful trip from Racine by way of the family automobile, Mrs. Schroeder stopped at the Frank Svetlik residence last evening at about 10:30 for the purpose of calling on Mrs. Svetlik. Mrs. Svetlik was not at home at the time and Mrs. Schroeder on returning to her car found that she couldn't unlock the ignition.
Mrs. Schroeder, knowing that Mr. Svetlik was a class A mechanic, returned to the Svetlik home, called him, and both went back to her car, or at least to where her car should have been. From here on we quote Mr. Svetlik:
"Mrs. Schroeder called to me and asked me to unlock her car, which she said was parked in from of my home. I went out there and looked around and couldn't see anything that resembled an automobile and I figured that there was something the matter with my eyes or maybe it was too dark to see or something, so I went back to the house to get a pair of polaroid glasses and my flashlight.
"Just as I reached the house I heard a crash down toward the transformer station and I thought maaybe some saboteur was trying to blow it up and I ran down there to prevent any dirty work of that kind if I could. Well, when I got ther I found that the crash had been caused by Mrs. Schroeder's car meeting up with a telephone pole. It was a good thing--that pole being where it was--otherwise Mrs. Schroeder's car would have ended up--or up ended--in O'Neill Creek."
The car, parked on an incline, traveled backward for close to two blocks and gained considerable momentum. Repairs to the vehicle will cost in the neighborhood of $125. The telephone pole was not damaged.
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