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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mr. Schrambling Who Are You?

What do you do when all you have a partial clipping of a newspaper article? Did I ever have the entire article, or who sent it to me, both questions are unknown. All I know is I received in in 2006, and it was from The Lincoln Star, September 20, 1933. Apparently, a Mr. Schrambling was hit and killed by a car driven by Mr. Walton C. Roberts. His daughter's name, Mrs. Agnes Sagenuk of Soulin, Montana was of no help to me. So what did I do?

By doing a google search, using the key words, Schrambling and Lincoln provided a really great clue. FindAGrave came up with a William Schrambling, even though I didn't know his first name, this person was buried in Lincoln, Nebraska and died on September 19, 1933, just the day before the newspaper article was printed. There were no other Schramblings listed in the town, but I expected that, since the article said he was  in the town for three weeks. There was no birth date, nor a cemetery photo.

The article stated his daughter was Mrs. Agnes Sage and Mrs. Eli Sage. Google searches brought up a nice, unsourced, family group sheet. Not only does it list her father as Washington Scrambling, instead of William, but had his parents, both of whom I had in my tree.

The next thing I thought of was, fellow blogger, Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

TheLincoln Star newspaper stated his name as William W. Scrambling for the county court filings notification.

Schrambling, William
b. unknown d. Sep. 19, 1933
Wyuka Cemetery
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA

"Injuries Fatal to Schrambling
County Farm Inmate
Struck by Car While
Walking in Road.

William Schrambling, 85, an inmate of the county farm was injured fatally when he stepped into the path of an automobile driven by Walton G. Roberts, 1515 L Street, about 7 o’clock Tuesday evening, while walking on the highway near the farm, about seven miles north of here.

County attorney, Max Towle, announced Wednesday morning that no inquest will be held in the death.

The injured man was brought to the Lincoln General Hospital and died a few minutes after, death probably caused by a concussion of the brain. He suffered a fractured left leg, fractures of the skull and numerous lacerations about the head. Medical attention was given by Dr. R. H. Sawyer.

Mr. Schrambling with Albert Tulley, another county inmate, was talking toward Lincoln on the west side of the road. Mr. Roberts and his wife, driving north, saw the men approaching and slowed down, he stated. Just as he came even with the men, he said Schrambling suddenly appeared in front of his car. He swerved in an attempt to avoid an impact, but the car had already struck the aged man.

­It seemed that Schrambling apparently became excited and ran directly into the car after being safely on one side of the grade, according to information obtained by Deputy County Sheriff C. A. Hughart who investigated the accident. Tulley told officials that he tried vainly to pull Schrambling out of the way.

Mr. Schrambling has been at the farm about three weeks this fall, said Mrs. W. W. Scofield, farm matron. He spent the summer on a farm east of Lincoln. He was cared for at the farm last winter after being discovered living in a boxlike hut in an old building excavation at Ninth and O streets.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Sagenuk of Soulian, Mont. The body is at Roberts.”
The Lincoln Star, Wednesday, September 20, 1933 (Page 6)
World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Nebraska  September 24, 1933 (Page 6)

The Lincoln Star, Wednesday, September 20, 1933 (Page 17)