Obit: Steinberg, Del (1891 - 1941)
Contact: Stan

Surnames: Steinberg, Johnson, Brown, Wallum, Hines, Ranaloo, Thompson, Douglas, Zaccardi

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 9 Oct 1941

Steinberg, Del (? - 2 Oct. 1941)

D. Steinberg, Formerly of Colby, Killed in Crash

Del Steinberg, manager of the Colby, Wis., canning plant for two years when owned by Libby, McNeil & Libby, was instantly killed last Thursday night when the car he was driving went into the ditch and hit a tree, breaking his neck. Mr. Steinberg had been at a convention at Chicago, and after driving nearly 400 miles, was nearly to his home in Cumberland, Wis., when the fatal accident happened. It was a very foggy night and some believe he must have fallen asleep. He was alone at the time.

After Mr. Steinberg managed the Colby plant for two years, he acted as salesman for Libby, McNeil & Libby for one year after which he moved to Cumberland, Wis., and was in charge of five plants in Northern Wisconsin.

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/16/1941

(Reprint From Cumberland Advocate)

D. H. (Del) Steinberg, 50, general production manager in charge of the Cumberland and other upper Wisconsin Stokely Bros. plants, was killed last Thursday evening when his car left the road and was wrecked against a large tree. Death came almost instantly from a broken neck and a skull fracture.

The accident occurred at the junction of County Trunk I with H. 48 about five miles east of Luck at approximately 6:30 P.M. Thursday.

What caused the swerve from the road which ended fatally is not known. But the manner in which it happened has been reconstructed quite closely.

As Mr. Steinberg neared the intersection, driving east, the car tracks show a fairly sharp veering off to the left. Apparently still in a skid after crossing the ditch the car’s right front fender and wheel glanced into a small tree. This impact swung the car sharply backwards and the rear of the machine smashed into an extraordinarily large tree with terrific force. Mr. Steinberg was thrown into the rear seat and was probably then fatally injured. After hitting the large tree the car rebounded into the road, still standing upright. It was there some passers-by, Indians, first came upon the wreck. They went to a neighboring farm and the farmer notified Polk county Traffic Officer Johnson and a doctor at Frederic.

Contributing to the accident may have been the wet road surface at the time. A fairly heavy rain had been falling at Luck and for a ways to the east early that morning.

As the road approaches the intersection there is a slight rise and then a dip, enough to leave a hundred feet or more where the road surface cannot be seen when coming from the west. A possibility is that he turned to avoid hitting an animal in this area which was not visible until immediately on top of it.

Mr. Steinberg was enroute home after a business call at the Milltown Stokely plant from where he had left shortly after six o’clock.

Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, Masonic rites were conducted and the Reverend Charles E. Brown of Perley officiated. Jacobson Funeral Home was in charge.

Pall bearers included Henry Wallum, Owens, Lawrence Hines, Spooner, and John Ranaloo, H. R. Hines, Dr. R. C. Thompson and Zean Douglas.

One of the greatest floral offerings ever seen here bore tribute to the high regard of both friends and fellow workers of Mr. Steinberg, both here and at other plants where his wide business contacts had extended.

Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Steinberg of Trenton, N.J., Mrs. Raymond Zaccardi and daughter of Milwaukee, and over one hundred friends from all parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The family has the sympathy of all in their tragic and stunningly sudden loss.

 

 


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