Bio: Lindow and Johnson cousins (Deaths - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Lindow, Johnson, Gault, Grottke,
McNaul, Bersell, Manz
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) July 30, 1953
Lindow and Johnson Cousins (Deaths –27 July
Lives of Lindow and Johnson snuffed out as they
played in a pit -
lone bicycle and empty shoes and stockings were the alarm which on
Monday shook Wallace Lindow of Lynn into feverish activity.
His little boy Mark 5, was telling him that he could not find his
cousins, Gloria Lindow and Charlene Johnson.
"they are hiding from you," said the father,
knowing the manner of the girls’ play.
"No" said little Mark, "Gloria’s bicycle is
there, and the girls’ shoes and stockings."
Wallace Lindow that meant the perils of a sand pit. He ran
across the road to the pit on the farm of his brother, Merlin;
found there the bike and empty shoes and stockings, and saw a fresh
slide on the 25-foot sand bank. The girls, he knew, had dug a
cave there. The girls were under the shifting
They Dig Desperately
Wallace Lindow tried to dig the sand away, but
the fluid sand flowed in as fast as he could dig. He ran to
the phone to give the alarm to the Chili and Marshfield fire
departments, and out came the rigs with the firemen upon
them. They all dug in desperation. But too much time had
passed. The sand had cut off the air, and the two girls had
Gloria Lindow, 13, was the daughter of Raymond
Lindow, youngest of four children. Visiting her was her
cousin Charlene Johnson, daughter of Charles Johnson of
Marshfield. The two girls had played before in the sand
pit. The pervious afternoon they had made a cave for
themselves and had crawled into it. There was a slide then,
but the cave and the slide were small. On Monday they presumably
made the cave larger, went into it and were caught by the heavy
Gloria is the youngest of the four children of
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lindow. Her older sister is Mrs.
Franklin Gault of Neillsville. Her brothers are Merlin, who
lives on the old family farm with the sand pit, and Wallace, who
lies across the road from Merlin.
bodies were recovered by Wallace Lindow, Fred Grottke and his son
Louis, Burdette McNaul of Chili and Don Bersell, fire Chief of
Chili. Resuscitators were used on the girls for 40 minutes,
but without avail. Dr. Kenneth Manz of Neillsville had been called,
and he pronounced the girls dead. They had been covered by
only 1 ½ feet of sand.
Services for Gloria were announced for Thursday
at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Nasonville; burial in the
parish cemetery. Gloria was born October 16, 1939. She
attended Maple Grove School, Town of Lynn. She had been for three
years a member of the Jolly Jills 4-H club.
Final rites for Charlene will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Marshfield; burial in Hillside Cemetery. Charlene was born June 3, 1939. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson and the granddaughter of Ludwig Johnson, veteran cheesemaker at the Chili corner.
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