Former County Couple, Daughter, Killed in Crash

This is one of the first articles I found from Ancestry.com about Gerald and Linda. It was on the front page of the Lebanon Daily News two days after the accident. From it, I learned how my uncle and dad were saved, where my grandparents lived in California, the churches they attended growing up, when my grandparents moved to California, where Gerald worked after the Navy and other interesting information. I’ve bolded these finds.

From the Lebanon Daily News, November 8th, 1965.

A former Lebanon County couple and their 15-month-old daughter were killed Saturday evening in an auto accident near Lemoore, Calif. Their two young sons were injured in the crash.

Killed were [Gerald] Eugene Kline, 23, formerly of Annville; his wife, Linda Jean, 21, formerly of Lebanon, and their daughter, Theresa Robin.

The Klines’ two sons, Jerry Lynn, 4, and Paul Edward, 3, are in a hospital in Lemoore with internal injuries.

Kline’s mother, Mrs. Daniel A. Kline, Annville, said today that the family was en route to Lemoore to visit friends when the accident occurred. She said she was informed that another car crossed the highway medial strip and hit the Kline station wagon head-on.

The occupants of the other car were also hopitalized in Lemoore.

It is believed the Klines’ sons were saved from more serious injury by the fact that they were playing on the floor in the back of the station wagon when the accident occurred.

The Klines resided at 425 W Merced St. in Avenal, Calif. which is near Fresno. Lemoore is about 40 miles north of Avenal.

Kline went to California in April, 1961, for Naval training. His wife joined him there in October of that year.

Worked in Oil Fields
Following his four-year tour of duty in the Navy, Kline joined the Standard Oil Company of California. He worked in the oil fields as a member of a fire prevention group. He attended Annville High School and completed his high school education and received his diploma after entering the Navy. He was a member of Bunker Hill Evangelical Congregational Church.

Mrs. Kline was the former Linda Jean Seibert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin B. Seibert of Lebanon. She attended the Lebanon schools and was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Cleona.

In addition to his sons, Kline is survived by his parents, Daniel A. and Bertha J. Longenecker Kline, Annville; three brothers, Robert M., Annville RD; James A., Lebanon, and Jack E., at home; five sister, Mrs. Alice Latimer, Palmyra; Emma, wife of Daniel Sherman, Annville RD; Jeannette, wife of Frank Hall, Palmyra; Doris J., wife of Donald A. Brandt, Lebanon, and Jill K., wife of Charles Seyfert, Annville, and his grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Kline, North Annville Township.

Another brother, Daniel Kline, was killed 22 years ago in an explosion at the Annville dump.

Surviving Mrs. Kline are her sons, her parents, Franklin G. and Fern Achenbach Seibert, Lebanon; five brothers, Franklin, John, Richard, Lloyd and Leroy, all of Lebanon; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Achenbach, Lebanon, and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J Devine, Palmyra.

Funeral services and burial will be held here.

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My name is Courtney. I'm a copywriter in Philadelphia. I've recently started digging into my family history and trying to find out information about my grandparents. They were killed in 1965 by a drunk driver. This blog will chronicle the search to find out who they were, what they were like and what the world is missing out on now that they're gone.
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6 Responses to Former County Couple, Daughter, Killed in Crash

  1. Jasia says:

    Such a sad car story, but a wonderful example of the genealogically relevant information you found in the newspaper write up. Thanks for sharing and participating in the COG, Courtney!

  2. Very sad story but a well presented post!

  3. Such a sad story, but it is a great post, and you uncovering now will make it easier for those who come along later.

  4. What a tragedy for your family. On the flipside, the obituary is so full of genealogy information…a real treasure trove. I am finding so much newspaper information in the ancestry historical newspaper section lately. I hope they continue to scan more. Thank you for sharing this piece of your family history.

  5. Linda Gartz says:

    I’ve learned this story when I first visited your blog, but the article is a trove of information. In not such a sad example, I came across a retirement article about my grandfather that provided important historical information I never would have otherwise known. A tragic, but exceptional contribution to this month’s CoG.

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