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Articles & Local History > 1913 - Auto Nearly Kills Kate Cuniff

Tampico Tornado, May 22, 1913

Miss Kate Cuniff of Hume was nearly killed in an auto acident which occurred Tuesday afternoon near the King farm northeast of Tampico. The auto in which she and her father were riding turned turtle and she was pinned under the car. A large portion of the scalp on the rear of her head was torn off laying the skull bare into which the dirt was ground and her elbow sustained a compound fracture. She was picked up unconsious and remained in that condition for some time. It required two men to lift the car so she could be removed. Mr. Cuniff was not injured except for some bruises. Mr. Cuniff was running the machine to get out of the way of an approaching storm and the car skidded on some grass turning it completely around and over. Dr. Horn of this place was called to attend her and Dr. Allen of Rock Falls later.

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