- Robert Strock manuscript. Book, the Hoffstatter Family History by Barbara Norris Smith.
Guerdon was killed in an auto accident. The name and date of the newspaper obituary were not mentioned [it was Keokuk, Iowa] but, in part, read as follows:
Guerdon Hoffstatter struck by fender of car owned by A. H. Rich and drive by James South.
Manslaughter Charge Chauffeur Released on Bonds of $2,500 Following Accident at Seventh and Main.
Guerdon Hoffstatter, four years old, was struck by an automobile owned by a. B. Rich and driven by James South, colored, last night just before 6:00. The child was instantly killed . . . although the little body was taken to St. Josephs Hospital in the hope thee might be a spark of life. The accident happened near the intersection of Seventeenth and Main Sts. The Negro chauffeur was charged with manslaughter but was released on bonds of $2,500 furnished by his employer.
John Hoffstatter, father of the dead boy, picked up the little lad as he lay in a crumpled heap near the street car track. He told Chief Hennemann this mornng that he asked anyone in the crowd who struck [the boy] and a woman pointed out the Negro chauffeur. 'I turned towards him and he laughed at me," Mr. Hoffstatter said. "I made out to hit him but he ran behind his car and two men grabbed me and kept me from hitting him."
According to the Negro's tale, he was coming down Main St. at a speed of 12 to 13 MPH. One man in the gas plant said he thought the Negro was going pretty fast. George Adams and Hoffstatter said they were crossing the street at Nineteenth St. when two cars passed them. Before they cold walk from the curb to the street car track they heard a scream and ran down the street where they were met by Harold Hoffstatter, aged 7, who said Guerdon had been killed by an auto. Mr. Hoffstatter thought the Rich car was in front of the gas works before it was stopped . . . .
Charles McLane, ten years old, and Harold Hoffstatter, seven, were with the boy who was killed. They were at the home of Mrs. F. A. Butler, 1822 Main St., the Hoffstatter boys' grandmother.
It was said Guedon had a rag tied over his head or was carrying it while playing. His brother said it was not thrown over his head so tightly but that he could see.
*** Guerdon Hoffstatter was four years old and was born 21 Mar 1916. the family live at 1923 Johnson St.. Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Harold and Laverne, and a little sister, Delores Jewell. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Butler of Main St. and Mrs. Mary Hoffstatter, also of this city.