William Franklin Triebel (1902 - 1946)



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in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York United States


on in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York United States
Cause of death: Blood clot in heart or lung

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Blood clot in heart or lung

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Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York United States


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Wife: Dorothy (Simmons) Triebel
Children with Dorothy: Donald Franklin Triebel


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Garage owner and tow truck operator.


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1902 - In the year that William Franklin Triebel was born, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

1912 - He was merely 10 years old when the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

1939 - He was 37 years old when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

1945 - By the time he was 43 years old, on June 22nd, the Battle of Okinawa ended. A joint Army and Marine campaign, supported by the Navy, the Battle of Okinawa went on for 82 days. The last Japanese resistance on Okinawa was defeated. 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps personnel were killed in the battle on the US side. It is estimated that 110,071 on the Japanese side were killed - the estimate includes Okinawan citizens who were pressed into service and includes children. With the win of Okinawa, the United States gained an important base of operations in the Pacific.

1946 - In the year of William Franklin Triebel's passing, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

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(copied from newspaper clipping - November 11, 1946)

A collision of five automobiles and a truck early Monday evening on the rain-soaked Albany Post road a few hundred yards south of the Staatsburg cut-off, injured nine persons.

A 1935 coach driven by Mr. Ernst Karlson, Rhinebeck was going north - it became involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by Mr. Lewis, Linden, NJ. Mr. Lewis was in collision with a 1 1/2 ton truck driven by Lloyd Rivenburgh, Clermont which left the highway and hit a guard rail. A southbound car driven by Mr. Quin, Carteret, NJ later became involved in a collision with the Lewis coup and another northbound car driven by Richard Hargrave, White Plains collided with the rear of the Quin coupe.

Mr. Triebel had been called to the scene with 2 tow trucks to assist in clearing the damaged vehicles from the highway. Troopers said he was standing on the highway directing the movement of the tow trucks when he was struck by a car driven by Allen Taylor, 46, 30 Locust Hill Av., Yonkers. Mr. Taylor, troopers said, told them that visibility was poor and the headlights of one of the tow trucks prevented him from seeing Mr. Triebel on the highway. The front of his car struck the garage owner, and hurled him several feet.

(I was told that he only got a broken leg from this accident and his family was expecting him to come home from the hospital soon when a blood clot got into his heart or lung and suddenly he was gone.)

(copied from newspaper clipping - November, 1946)

Franklin Triebel, 44, local garageman, succumbed suddenly Monday morning, November 25th at Vassar hospital, Poughkeepsie, where he had been confined since Monday, November 11th with a compound fracture of the leg when struck by a car on the Albany Post Road.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Triebel home, North Broadway, Friday afternoon, Nov. 29th at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Ottis Linger, pastor of the Red Hook Methodist church , of which Mr. Triebel was a member, will officiate and interment will take place in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Mr. Triebel was injured while directing the removal of cars that had been involved in a series of accidents near Staatsburg. He was struck by a car driven by Allen J. Taylor, Yonkers.

He was born in Pleasant Valley, son of William Frederick and the late Grace Fero Triebel. Mr. Triebel, a familiar figure to everyone, had a deep love for home, family and church and he will be greatly missed in the community. He had lived here 30 years and had operated Triebel's Garage & Machine Shop following his father's retirement many years ago.

Mr. Triebel was a member of the Official Board of the Methodist Church, Christian Lodge No. 375, I.O.O.F., and Shiloh Encampment No. 68; Rock City Grange and the Red Hook Fire Co. (handwritten note adds "& Masons")

Surviving in addition to his father, are his wife Dorothy Simmons Triebel, son Donald, three sons Donald, LeRoy and Charles; two daughters Audrey and Elma; a sister Mrs. James Rifenburg - all of Red Hook, and aunt Mrs. Mabel Lanagan, Schenectady, a number of nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Funeral arrangements are in charge of Burnette & Rockefeller.


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