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Photo of the Week, 106: Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Three individuals were hurt in an automobile accident the morning of March 20, 1958. The smash up occurred at the intersection of Lee and Union streets in northwest Bloomington. The injured were Clifford Piper of Carlock, Dorothy Kiper of Bloomington, and Dorothy's 13-year-old son Eugene. Piper was thrown through the left windshield of his car but suffered only cuts on his face.

Interestingly, Dorothy Kiper worked with Clifford Piper's wife at General Electric Co. on Bloomington's east side. "I'd never met Mr. Piper until we bumped into each other this morning," Kiper told The Pantagraph.

Note the First Evangelical United Brethren Church in the distance. It's still there today, though it's now Crosswinds Community Church. A comparison between this accident scene and a contemporary Google Maps view tells us that not much has changed at the corner of Lee and Union in the past 56 years!

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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