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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Emma Rethmeier Schwemm

Emma Rethmeier Schwemm
Born: Aug 18, 1872 - Schaumburg,Cook County, Illinois
Died: July 30, 1945 - Elgin, Kane County, Illinois

Mrs. Emma Schwemm, 73 of Dundee Road, died Monday afternoon at Sherman Hospital in Elgin from a skull fracture and other injuries sustained in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon on the Northwest Highway in Barrington, near Plagge Flowers. Services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the funeral home at 149 West Main Street. The Rev Dore N. Ester of Salem Evangelical church will officiate and burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The accident causing her death occurred about 4:15 Sunday afternoon when a car driven south on the highway by Donald Alvin Tadder collided almost head-on with a car driven by F. C. Sternberg of Rt. 2, Barrington. Mrs. Schwemm was riding with Sternberg, who boards at the countryside home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Buehler; and another passenger was her grandson, William Schwemm 12, also of Barrington

Earl W. Baade, Barrington chief of police claims Tadder fled from the scene of the accident and he signed a complaint against him. Chief Baade said Tadder went through a section of swamp land and made his way to Lake Zurich where he sought medical attention.

Chief Baade learned that he was in a Lake Zurich doctor's office and he returned him to Barrington, later turning Tadder over to Sgt. Don Barnes of the state police who brought the man to Sherman Hospital.

Others injured in the accident were brought to the hospital by ambulance. Mrs. Schwemm was in such severe shock that attending physicians did not believe she would live through the night. She rallied slightly, however, but suffered a relapse in the morning. Her death was due to shock; sever lacerations and possibly other injuries suffered in the collision. Because of her condition when she was admitted to the hospital, no effort was made to examine her for fractures.

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