TRAGIC TRAIN ACCIDENT
Paul Hoffman & Gerald A. Sterenberg
Two Polo Men Killed by Train at Lanark
Dixon Evening Telegraph 2 August 1954

Two Polo men were killed Sunday when the Station Wagon they were riding in collided with a Milwaukee Road Passenger train one half mile west of Lanark. Victims were Gerald A. Sterenberg, 39, Route 2 Polo, owner of the station wagon and Paul Hoffman, 25, 120 N. Division St. It is believed the men died instantly in the crash which happened about 6:15 Sunday Morning August 1, 1954. An inquest into the accident will be held at 4:15 p.m. in Lanark. Coroner E.A. Flexman will conduct the investigation.

Dr. Flexman said the men apparently had left a farm which Sterenberg owns in the area and were returning to Polo at the time of the accident. He said the locomotive struck the rear of the Sterenberg car.

Funeral arrangements for the two men were completed today at the Melvin Funeral Home in Polo. Services for Mr. Hoffman will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. A..E. Shearer pastor of the Polo Christian Church officiating. Military rites are planned. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Services for Mr. Sterenberg are Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Evangelicial United Brethren Church in Polo with pastor Ira Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.

Mr. Sterenberg was born Nov. 26, 1914, in Fulton the son of Richard J. & Katie (Wiersema) Sterenberg. Survivors are his mother, two brothers; Harold and Lauren both of Polo; four sisters, Mrs. Alene Heinrichs, Milledgeville: Mrs. Delta King, Sterling; Mrs. Henrietta Noakes, Riverside CA; and Mrs. Annabelle Ditzler, Polo and his maternal grandmother Mrs. Alice Wiersema, Fulton.

Mr. Sterenberg was employed Sweet Brothers Contracting Co. Polo and he was a veteran of WW II.

Mr. Hoffman was a employee of Farmer Lumber Co. Polo. He was born in Chicago Oct. 28, 1928. He is survived by his mother Mrs. Naomi Hoffman of Polo. Mr. Hoffman entered military service in July 1948 and served during the Korean War. He was discharged in June 1952.

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