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Wright Shaw Frazier
Marion Eleanor Erb Frazier

Two Persons Meet Death in Friday Crash
Wright Frazier, Wife Killed as Train Hits Auto
Wright S. Frazier, 40, Anamosa attorney, and his wife, Marion Erb Frazier, 42, were killed instanty at 6:42 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 [1945], when their car was struck by a Northwestern freight train at a Lisbon crossing. They were enroute to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Briggs in Lisbon where a dinner was to be given in celebration of Frazier's 40th birthday.
They waited at the crossing for an eastbound freight train to pass, then drove into the path of the westbound train. The car was demolished. Couple was identified through their ration books.
Funeral service was held Monday afternoon at three o'clock at the Smykil Funeral Home. Rev. Marion L. Sunderlin conducted the service, assisted by Rev. Homer E. Dalrymple. Pallbearers were J. E. Heiserman, L. B. Madson, Glenn J. McLaughlin, George H. Paulsen, W. L. Pearson, Lee Sanner, L. A. Downing, George W. Fegan, E. G. Henningsen, Glenn A. Russell, Carl R. Smith and Thomas H. Snyder. Interment was at Riverside cemetery.
Representatives of the Lions club of Anamosa, Masonic lodge, and Eastern Star were among those present.
Wright Shaw Frazier, only son of George B. and Anna Frazier, was born at Breda, Ia., Jan. 5, 1905. For a time he lived with his parents in western Iowa, and in the state of Oklahoma, until the family moved to Anamosa in 1914. He was educated in the public schools, and graduated from the Anamosa high school in the class of 1923. He then attended Iowa State college, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in the year 1929. Subsequent to his graduation he was admitted to the bar of the state of Minnesota, and of the state of Iowa, and engaged in the banking business with his father until the year 1932, when he entered the practice of law at Anamosa in the office of the late C. J. Cash. He remained in the office of Mr. Cash until 1933, when he opened an office for himself, and practiced alone until Oct. 5, 1934, when he formed a partnership with Warren J. Rees, Anamosa, in which he continued until his death.
On Dec. 27, 1930, he was united in marriage at Anamosa to Marion Erb, daughter of B. F. and Alma Erb. Mrs. Frazier was born at Anamosa Feb. 11, 1903. She was educated in the public schools of Anamosa and graduated from the Anamosa high school with the class of 1921. She then attended Cornell college, Mount Vernon, for two years, later graduating from the University of Iowa with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the year 1925. Thereafter she was engaged in teaching, and resided at the home of her parents until her marriage. There were two children born to the union, George Erb Frazier, now aged nine, and Ross Allen Frazier, now aged eight.
Wright Frazier was a member of the Congregational church of Anamosa, of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Anamosa Lodge No. 46, A.F. and A.M., Royal Chapter and Commandery, Anamosa; El Kahir Shrine, Cedar Rapids, and the Lions Club, Anamosa. Mrs. Frazier had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Anamosa.
In addition to the children, George and Ross, Mrs. Frazier is survived by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. B. F. Erb, Anamosa; one sister, Mrs. R. G. Thomas, Lafayette, Ind.; and a brother, Laurence, Whittier, Calif. Mr. Frazier is survived by two sisters, Mrs. K. L. Johnston, Oscaloosa, and Mrs. Marguerite Moore, Des Moines.
Those from a distance who attended the service included Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Pulis, Grinnell; Dr. and Mrs. Ashby and Mr. Helm, Sioux City; Mr. and Mrs. John Lull, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hahn, Mr. E. A. Johnson, O. H. Lawrence, Miss Hope Kurtz, Attorney W. L. Fahey, C. H. Yetter, Frederick Fluegal, and Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Steward, all of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Lewis Remley, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Henningsen and Miss Zoe Kurtz, Des Moines; Mrs. Hal Schiltz, Woodward; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Garner, Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smith, Ames; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Schwank, Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Hal Briggs, Lisbon; Ray Kurtz, Grundy Center; Harry Kurtz, Fort Dodge; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Temple, Chicago; and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Madson, Marengo. Many others were present from Wyoming, Onslow, Monticello, and other towns in the county.
Accident was first of the new year to claim lives of Jones county folks.
Flowers were in profusion as friends crowded the funeral home to pay final tribute to two of Anamosa's best known and liked residents.

Submitted by: Emily Terrell

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