Harry Raymond Wibbels, 1904-1929
Harry Wibbels Victim of Scribner Disaster – The funeral of Harry Wibbels was held at the Lutheran church in Wolbach last Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The tragic way in which Harry met his death made this one of the saddest funerals ever held in this community and an immense crowd was present to attend the services conducted by Rev. Dr. White. The members of the Wolbach Fire Department attended in a body as Harry was a member of that organization before he left Wolbach last fall. Four hundred and seventy persons, not including relatives passed the casket and viewed the remains as the services closed at the church. Taken suddenly in the prime of his young manhood and in the fullness of strength and health, his death came as a great shock to his numerous friends here. Harry was one of the victims who lost their lives by the explosion of 500 pounds of dynamite stored in the barn of a county commissioner of Dodge county just outside the city limits of Scribner. The barn caught fire last Thursday night and the firemen of Scribner rushed to the scene and were attempting to extinguish the blaze when the dynamite exploded. All of the farm buildings were destroyed and the terrific shock was felt for miles around. Four of the men, including Harry were so seriously injured, that death came within a very short time. Two more died late Friday, and one or two others were scarcely expected to live. Nearly fifty other persons were injured, several critically. The explosion took place at shortly after 11 o’clock Thursday night. Harry, who had just begun working in a garage at Scribner the Monday previous, had already joined the Scribner fire department. He lived but a short time after the explosion. A telephone message was sent to his people here and early Friday morning Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wibbels and Mrs. Bessie Hansen were on their way to the scene of the tragedy. The body of the deceased arrived in Wolbach Saturday evening on the motor. The following relatives from a distance were here to attend the funeral: Mr. Charles Kasselder, Ericson, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. John Kasselder of Fairfield, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. John Hatfield and son Harry of Cushing; Mr. and Mrs. George Hatfield of St. Paul; Mrs. Jennie Hoor of Cushing; Mr. Albert Wibbels and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wibbels of Arcadia, Nebr., Mrs. Cecia Snodgrass and son of Central City, Nebr.; Mr. Fred Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Stevens, parents of Mrs. Harry Wibbels from Tekamah; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bazer and family of Haven, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Studley of Oconto, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Lou Wyman, of Hastings, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Francisco of Grand Island, Nebr. OBITUARY – Harry Raymond Wibbels was born in Greeley County, Nebraska, eight miles north east of Wolbach, December 25, 1904. He died at Scribner, Nebraska, March 7, 1929, aged 24 years, 2 months and 10 days. He was baptized in infancy and grew to manhood in this community. In 1920 he moved to Wolbach with his father and worked as auto mechanic until 1928. He was united in marriage to Miss Alma Stevens, June 1, 1926. To this union was born one girl and one boy, Harriet Joan and Robert Stevens. On November 25, 1928, he moved to Tekamah, Nebraska, but put in his time in Omaha as auto mechanic. On March 4, 1929 he began work in Scribner, Nebraska, where he was employed as a motor mechanic. Here he joined the local fire department and on the night of March 7, was called out to help extinguish a fire. It was here that he met his untimely death by a high explosive which had been stored in the burning barn. He leaves to mourn the loss, his wife and children; his father, J. R. Wibbels and his step-mother; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Hansen and Diantha Mae Wibbels; his grand parents Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Wibbels and Mrs. J. Collins, and numerous other relatives. His mother preceded him in death January 23, 1917. Having spent nearly his entire life here he is well known, hence many friends in addition to the family and numerous relatives were greatly shocked and grieved at the news of his sudden and accidental death. The deepest sympathy of the entire community is with the stricken family. CARD OF THANKS – Groping beneath the shadow of a great sorrow, still we be hold a star of beauty – a star which reflects the sympathy and the kindness of many neighbors and friends who gave so freely of their sympathy and helpfulness on the occasion of our bereavement in the loss of our beloved husband, son and brother. We are grateful to each and every one who made offerings of kindly words, helpful hands or beautiful flowers. We thank the Wolbach firemen for their kindness and loyalty at this time. Mrs. Harry Wibbels, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Wibbels, Mrs. Bessie Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. I. F. Stevens.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, March 14, 1929

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