Schenk, Robert Edgar (Died)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 17 Aug 1939, p. 40
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Robert Edgar Schenk, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Schenk, 1601 Central avenue, Wilmette, was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday evening near Murdo, S. D. as he was returning home from an eight week's motor tour of the west. His companion, Dick Penberthy, son of Dr. and Mrs. L. E. Penberthy, 1524 Wilmette avenue, Wilmette, suffered severe injuries but is returning by airplane from the hospital in Pierre, S.D. today. He was reported to be recovering. The excursion the boys had been making was a gift to them from their parents in honor of their June graduation, from New Trier High school.

Collide with Truck
The accident occurred between 8 and 8:30 o'clock, Thursday evening, as Robert driving [sic] homeward at a moderate rate of speed, topped a hill and collided with a cattle truck proceeding in the opposite direction. His car was thrown from the highway, and he was tossed clear of it. Penberthy, though knocked unconscious, was not thrown out. The explanation for the accident as made at the coroner's inquest, was that both drivers had evidently misjudged their clearance. The truck had an exceptionally wide cattle compartment.

Had Visited Grandparents
Robert, who was brought to Wilmette from Chicago at the age of 5 and had lived at the same address ever since, is survived by four grandparents in addition to his mother and father. These are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tatro of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. Christ Schenk of Anaheim, Cal., with whom the boys had spent three weeks, with on the west coast. As a senior at New Trier, Robert won a varsity letter in football. He planned to enter Colorado college in the fall. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Wilmette Parish Methodist church, and interment was at Memorial Park.

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17 Aug 1939
Date Of Event
10 Aug 1939
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Schenk, Robert Edgar (Died)