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Lawrence Stulken
Three Monticello Men Killed in Crash of New Car
Three Monticello men were killed early Sunday when the new Chrysler in which they were riding crashed on highway 151 about 3½ miles south of here.
Killed were: John Buol, 21, son of Mrs. John Buol; Lawrence E. Stuhlken, 40, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stuhlken of near Monticello; Walter Balster, 30, son of Mrs. A. H. Balster of Scotch Grove.
According to Jones County Sheriff Lewis Dreibelbis, the three men were seen leaving the Maid Rite sandwich shop in Anamosa early Sunday.
The wreckage, with two men dead and Buol dying, was discovered by a passing motorist about 2 a. m.
Some time between 1:45 and 2 a. m., the new car left the pavement on a curve just north of Langworthy at a high rate of speed. It sheared off a telephone pole and rolled several times before coming to a stop some 390 feet from the point where it left the pavement.
Balster and Stuhlken were killed instantly. Buol was taken to Monticello hospital, where he died about 6 a. m. Driver of the car at the time was not known, Sheriff Dreiblebis said.
The car was registered to Buol on Aug. 16, his twenty-first birthday, but was not a birthday present, as at first reported. It had less than 3,000 miles on it.
Buol was working on a farm owned by his mother between Monticello and Cascade. Services await the arrival of a brother, Edward, stationed at Oceanside, Calif. Also surviving are two other brothers, Robert and Laverne, at home, and two sisters, Lorraine and Elaine, both at home. The body is at the Goettsch funeral home. Buol's father was killed in 1938 when he was run over by a stock truck in his farm yard.
Stuhlken was employed by the Energy Manufacturing Company in Monticello. In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers, George and Clarence, of Monticello and Vincent, of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Mrs. Lester Holub, Praireburg, and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Connley, LaCrosse, Wis. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a. m. in the Devaney funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Heart cemetery.
Balster was employed by the Burch Construction Company of Cedar Rapids. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran cemetery. Burial will be the church cemetery. The Goettsch funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by: Sharon Oltmanns
Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday, January 8, 1961.

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