Edward Forest Bricker (1939-1955)

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Edward Forest Bricker
Bricker, Edward Forest.jpg
Class of '58
Born: 17 Nov 1939 Petoskey, Michigan
Died: 14 Sep 1955 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Charles Francis Bricker
Mother: Ethel J. Kabelman
Siblings: Albert J. Bricker
Edward Forest Bricker
Allen LeRoy Bricker
Charles Francis Bricker, Jr.
Grace Jean Bricker
Virginia Bricker
Donna Bricker


Petoskey News Review, Wednesday, September 14, 1955:

Edward Bricker Dies;
Teenagers Badly Hurt

Two persons are dead, three are in critical condition and two others are hospitalized as the result of two separate accidents in Emmet and Charlevoix counties yesterday afternoon and evening.

Dead are Edward Bricker, 15, Petoskey, and Mrs. Edith Abbott, 71, of R-3 Oxford, O. Edward is Emmet's ninth traffic fatality of the year, two more than in any previous entire year.

In critical condition are Jerry Bellmer, 16; Charles Thornton, 16; Roger Caron, 17, all of Petoskey.

In serious condition is William McGuire, 20, of Cadillac, driver of the car in which the boys were riding.

Delbert Skinner, 16, Petoskey, suffered a fractured spine but his condition was described today as goo.

Bricker, Thornton, Skinner and Bellmer were Petoskey high school football players.


Emmet Prosecutor John Bellamy at noon today informed the sheriff that William McGuire, 20, was under arrest and that a warrant charging negligent homicide would be issued by his office. Ownership of the death car driven by McGuire had not yet been established by authorities.

Emmet Sheriff Frank West and State Police from Cheboygan are continuing their investigation of the accident involving the six boys last night. Their preliminary report indicated that McGuire drove the car too fast to make the curve when heading north on US-131 at the Bay View golf course, went off the road, struck a tree and crashed through the course fence. the mishap took place about 10 p.m.

Thornton was thrown 30 feet from the demolished Ford hard top out onto the course.

Officials were investigating a report that McGuire was racing with a green Chevrolet with New York license plates at the time of the mishap. They would not comment on this until they had further information. They said that McGuire had been at Boys Vocational School in Lansing.

The other crash occurred at the village limits of Walloon Lake at the intersection of M-75 and US-131 when an auto driven by Frank Abbott, 73, husband of the deceased woman, was involved in a crash with a loaded milk truck driven by John Craig, 35, of East Jordan. Neither of the men was injured.

State Police from Gaylord and Charlevoix Sheriff Glenn Rose investigated and reported that Abbott was driving east on M-75 and stopped at the intersection. He then started to go through but said his car stalled momentarily. Craig, driving south, saw the car and swung to his left to avoid a crash.

The Abbott car then shot forward into the path of the truck which was on the opposite side of the road. The truck struck the car nearly broadside, throwing Mrs. Abbott against the door. She struck her head on the window, shattering it and the door popped open throwing her out onto the pavement.

The Abbotts were long-time summer cottage owners at Walloon Lake. The body was taken to the Peters Funeral Home and will be shipped to Oxford, O., for services.

Services for Edward Bricker will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Stone Funeral Home and burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery, Rev. Robert Titus will be in charge of services. His death is believed to have been caused by a fractured skull, neck and back injuries.

He was born Nov. 17, 1939 in Petoskey. He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bricker, 315 W. Lake-st.; three brothers, Charles, Jr., Albert and Allen; three sisters, Grace, Virginia and Donna at home; his grandmothers, Mrs. Emma Kabelman, Hulbert and Mrs. Mary Thompson, Kalamazoo.

In Little Traverse hospital are: Jerry Bellmer, believed critical head injury and fractured jaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Meyer, 520 Lake-st.;

Delbert Skinner, fractured spine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brenneman, 420 W. Lake-st.;

Roger Caron, believed critical with skull injuries, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Caron, 508 Liberty-st.

William McGuire, condition believed serious, multiple abrasions contusions and lacerations, broken jaw; sone of Mr. and Mrs. William McGuire, Cadillac, who formerly lived on Liberty-st., here when he worked for the Pennsylvania railroad.

At Lockwood General hospital is Charles Thornton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hankins, 526 Wachtel-ave., with a fractured skull and possible internal injuries.

In the first eight and a half months of 1955, Emmet has had nine traffic deaths which is two more than the previous worst record for any 12 month period.

Thornton has been an alternate quarterback on the Petoskey varsity, Bellmer was moved to the varsity line yesterday. Skinner and Bricker played with the junior varsity.

Petoskey News Review, Monday, September 19, 1955:

Card of Thanks

The kindness and sympathy of neighbors, friends, the Stone Funeral Home, Dr. Reus and nurses at Lockwood General Hospital and Rev. Titus, in our recent bereavement, will always remain with us a precious memory. Our sincere thanks and gratitude for all those comforting words. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bricker and family.

Petoskey News Review, Thursday, September 22, 1955:

--Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lalond of Grass Lake, and Mrs. Edith Biddle of Toledo, have returned to their homes after attending the funeral of their nephew, Eddie Bricker.

Petoskey News Review, Thursday, November 3, 1955:

Card of Thanks

Dear Friends: We wish to thank the students and everyone who participated in the Teen Disaster Fund. Your help and generosity was most heartily appreciated during the recent loss of our son, Eddie. May God bless each and every one of you. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bricker and family.


  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
BRICKER, Edward Forest
Date of Death: 9/14/1955
Liber: 5
Folio: 117
Place of Death: Petoskey, MI
Bricker, Edward Forest
Age: 15
Born: 0/0/1939
Died: 9/14/1955
Burial: 9/16/1955
Cemetery: Greenwood, Petoskey
Section H, Block 168, Lot 2, E 1/2