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Naomi Idell “Tootie” VOLSCH

Female 1918 - 1936  (17 years)


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  • Name Naomi Idell “Tootie” VOLSCH 
    Born 27 Sep 1918  Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Feb 1936  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Wall Lake Twp., Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the Daily Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, Monday February 3, 1936:
      “Girl Found Dead, Officer is Overcome”
      “Wall Lake Girl, Hale Keith Found in Parked Auto”
      “Motocycle Officer in Critical Condition--Girl Dead from Gas Fumes”
      “Inquest is Demanded”
      “Father of Naomi Volsch Takes Action--Gasoline Tank Found to be Dry”
      “Monoxide gas fumes, odorless and invisible, took one life and came perilously near claiming another in a wintry tragedy at the west city limits Sunday.
      Naomi Volsch, 17-year-old Washington high school senior, lost her life, and Hale Keith, 33-year-old police motorcycle officer, was near death when a neighbor’s tip caused police to investigate Keith’s parked car.
      The girl had been dead for several hours when help arrived.
      Hurried to a hospital , Keith showed improvement late in the day, but lost ground rapidly this morning and was described as in a”a very precarious condition” by his physician.
      “Pneumonia Feared”
      Dr. O. Charles Ericksen, the physician, said the officer is receiving “the new treatment” for monoxide poisoning. This includes administration of methylene blue, and of oxygen through a mask.
      Although no part of his body was frozen, Keith possessed diminished chances for recovery because of exposure. Dr. Ericksen said the lungs were “filling up”--perhaps an indication of oncoming pneumonia.
      The car was parked at the top of a snow-covered rise on Kiwanis avenue between Twenty-second and Twenty-sixth streets, facing north.
      Investigators blamed a defective exhaust heater for the tragey. Apparently the car’s motor continued running long after the pair becamse unconscious. The ignition key was found turned on, and the gasoline tank was dry.
      The girls’ body was not positively identified for several hours. The car was discovered about 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
      “Inquest is Asked”
      “Identification was furnished by Charles Voelsch, 902 South Minnesota Ave., an uncle.
      Miss Volsch resided at the home of O.C. Jacobson, 1203 West Twenty-second st., city hall janitor.
      An inquest to determine circumstances of the death was demanded by the father, Louie Volsch, Wall Lake pioneer and resort operator, after he had viewed the body.
      Coronor M. O. Lanam said the inquiry would be held unless Keith failed to recover.
      “In that case there would be no point in holding an inquest,” he added.
      An autopsy of the girl’s body Sunday night showed conclusively that death was caused by monoxide fumes, Dr. Lanam said.
      The body is at the Miller Funeral home, with arrangements for burial as yet unannounced.
      Officer Not on Duty
      Keith, 33; hero of the holdup of the Security National Bank and Trust company here March 6, 1934, had last been on duty at the coliseum Saturday night and completed his work about 10 p.m.
      Miss Volsch and a friend, Margaret Jacobson, had attended a dance, and then had gone to a cafe with Keith and a youth whose name was not learned, Keith and Miss Volsch later left together in the officer’s big eight-cylinder car, shortly after midnight.
      Keith’s car was seen parked at the tragedy scene at 3 o’clock Sunday morning by a neighbor on his way home.
      The fire-department’s inhalator was rushed to the scene by Fire Chief W. A. Sloan when the body was found. The car was later towed to a garage under order of Sheriff Melvin L. Sells.
      Unconsciouus When Found
      Three policemen--Captain L. E.. Doyle and Detectives John T. McMahon and Rex Gullick--were first to reach the car. They found Keith unconscious and breathing weakly.
      He was in uniform.
      Ordinarily assigned to motorcycle duty, he had been on day patrol car duty during recent weeks. Sunday was to have been his day off.
      Keith has been a police officer for a half dozen years. In the 1934 bank holdup he was shot down by the machine gun fire of George (Baby Face) Nelson and recovered after a four months hospital stay. He was shot through the right wrist, elbow and through the abdomen. Physicians said only his strong constitution permitted his recovery.
      Keith, who resides at 410 North Covell Ave., is married and the father of a five-year-old boy.”

      From The Daily Argus Leader, Tuesday, February 4, 1936:
      “Monoxide Poisoning Fatal to Keith”
      “Officer Passes Early Today at Local Hospital”
      “Death Eliminates Possibility of Inquest into Death of Naomi Volsch”
      “Ground Lost Rapidly”
      “Policeman Responds at First to Treatment--No Funeral Arrangements Yet”
      “Hale Keith, police motorcycle officer, died in a hospital at 3:55 o’clock this morning, bringing to two the victims of a monoxide gas poisoning episode of the week-end.
      The unconscious officer had been found in his car Sunday afternoon beside the cold body of Naomi Volsch, 17-year-old Washingon high school senior. The car was parked near Kiwanis Avenue and twenty-second-street.
      The girl had been dead for several hours when police, summoned by a curious neighbor, arrived to make a routine investigation of the car.
      The officer, who in 1934 recovered after having been given up for dead from wounds received in a bank robbery, showed marked resopnse to treatment after being removed to a hospital, but began to lose ground alarmingly shortly before noon yesterday.
      His death eliminated the possibility of an inquest in the girls’ death for Coronor M. O. Lanam said yesterday that no inquest would be held if the officer died. Louie Volsch, Wall Lake resort operator, had demanded the inquiry after being informed of his daughter’s death.
      A defective exhaust heater was blamed for the tragedy.
      Arrangements for burial of the victims had not been made this morning.
      Keith is survived by the widow and a five-year-old son, who reside at 410 North Covell ave.; the father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Keith and a sister, Katherine, of 415 North Duluth ave., and a brother, Granville, Champaign, Ill.”

      From The Daily Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, Wednesday, February 5, 1936:
      “Naomi Volsch Rites to be Held Thursday”
      “The body of Naomi Volsch, 17, found in an automobile Sunday afternoon,, near Kiwanis avenue and Twenty-second St., the victim of monoxide gas fumes, was taken to the family residencce in Wall Lake township Tuesday night. It will remain at the Volsch home until noon Thursday, when it will be brought to the Miller Funeral home for last rites.
      Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at Miller chapel. Burial will be in the West Wall Lake cemetery. Miss Volsch is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Volsch, R.F.D., Wall Lake township; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Walter of Sioux Falls and Mrs. C. E. Jordan of Hartford; four brothers, Louis, Nevoy, Elmer, and Joe Volsch, all of Sioux Falls, and her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Simmerman of Hartford.”

      From The Daily Argus Ledader, Thursday, February 6, 1936:
      “Naomi Volsch Rites Held This Afternoon:
      “Dr. H. J. Glenn, pastor of the First Lutheran church, this afternoon conducted funeral services for Miss Naomi Volsch, 17, victim of monoxide gas fumes. The last rites were held at the Miller funeral home after the casket was returned there from the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Volsch, R.F.D., Wall Lake township, where the body lay in state from Tuesday night until this noon.
      Music at the funeral services included a vocal duet by Miss Marcella Stavin and Miss Regine Halvorson. The organist was Miss Marion Humphrey. Pallbearers included her four brothers, Louis, Nevoy, Elmer, and Joe Volsch, all of Sioux Falls, and her brothers-in-law, Robert Walter, Sioux Falls, and C. E. Jordan, Hartford. Burial was in the West Wall Lake Cemetery.”
    Person ID I1173  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 28 May 2018 

    Father Ludwig Heinrich Theodor “Louis” VOLSCH,   b. 5 Jul 1871, Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1942, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Jessie Mary OTT,   b. 31 May 1889, East Boyer Twp., Denison, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1976, Lennox, Lincoln, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1908  Wayne, Wayne, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F576  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Sep 1918 - Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Feb 1936 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Wall Lake Twp., Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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