Trost, Mary Alice Hintz (1918 - 1950)


Kipp Kippenhan




----Source: Thursday, October 12, 1950 edition of the Clark County Press



Life of Mary Trost Ends in a Crash on Her Father's Farm

Truck Driven by Her fails to Take Curve Which She Had Long Known

Mrs. Albert Trost was found dead at 11:15 Sunday evening at the wheel of the truck she had been driving. The truck had run at speed into a bank on the farm of her father, George Hintz. She had not taken a turn, which she had
negotiated hundreds and perhaps thousands of times before.

Mrs. Trost was first found by Edward Bukovec, who was on the way home from Rock Dam. His first concern was to notify Constable William Lucas and thus to summon help, official and otherwise. Thereafter Roland Hintz, brother of the dead woman came along from Rock Dam, found his sister dead and took word to the Trost family home, not far away.

Through constable Lucas the word went to county authorities, and presently Sheriff Kutsch, Coroner Bergemann and Traffic Officers Franz and Dusso were on the scene. They found Mrs. Trost's body slumped over on the seat, with chest badly crushed and with a bruised forehead, which was subsequently considered to be the result of a blow sufficiently serious to have caused a fatal concussion. It was evident that the truck had made hard impact with the bank, and that Mrs. Trost had been thrown forward into the wheel and the windshield. The wheel post had been bent by the force of the impact.


Was Speeding South. 


It was clear that Mrs. Trost had been driving the truck south. A neighbor a little distance from the scene of the accident had noted shortly after 10 o'clock that a light truck had gone south very fast. There is some slight evidence of effort to stop or turn, but the evidence is not great. The brakes had been put on, but not until the truck was in the curve, according to the marks that were left. There was some slight deflection of the car to the left, but not much. The impact with the bank was almost head-on only slightly more on the right than the left.

Mrs. Trost was the mother of five children. The Trost home is not much more than a mile from the scene of her death. The town road on the section line between sections 9 and 10, comes to a blind turn at the north side of section 15. Traffic must take a curve to east or west.

Straight ahead is the George Hintz farm where Mary Alice Hintz Trost spent her girlhood. She knew the situation as few others knew it, for she had driven it and had made that curve times almost countless. On that very day she had gone over for dinner with her family, the George Hintzes. She had been with her people also earlier in the evening, and had had her sister and her sister's friend at the Trost home for Sunday evening supper.

Unanswered Questions

Just how she came to be heading south at that time of night, why she was speeding and how she failed to make the familiar turn may never be known.

Certainly there is no official answer, and no official word has been spoken to close the record.

The five children are Nancy, 12 Albert, Jr., 10 Mary Lou, 8 Beverly, 6 Gene, 4. The husband survives also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hintz, and the following brothers and sisters: Ralph and Boyd of Milwaukee Bernice, Mrs. Orlin Schwarze of Greenwood Mrs. Herbert Kippenhan of Appleton George, Jr. now in Korea Kathryn, Paul, and Roland of Willard.

Mrs. Trost was born in the town of Hendren and was educated in the Willard state graded and the Greenwood schools. She was a graduate of Greenwood High School. She was married to Albert Trost in January, 1936. Her age at death was 32.
The funeral was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Trost home. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery at Willard.



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