Patterson Car into Culvert

Driving those newfangled automobiles wasn’t easy to begin with, and adding poor road conditions to the mix made for a disaster for drivers.  From the November 12, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri):

Car Ran Into Unfinished Culvert

George Patterson ran his car into an unfinished culvert Sunday night about one mile west of Maitland and mashed up radiator and bent front fenders.  No very serious damages done to car and Mr. Patterson luckily escaped without serious injury.

Mr. Patterson was making a drive to Mound City to bring some parties to Skidmore and as the night was dark and no danger signals up at the open culvert, he ran into it before he was aware of the danger.

Mr. Patterson telephoned to the Skidmore garage and “Twin” Logan hurriedly came to his rescue and pulled his car out of the hole and brought it and Mr. Patterson safely back to Skidmore.

This is the same culvert that S. L. Beech and Fred French of Maryville wrecked their car in Thursday night.  It was a dangerous place and should have had a lantern or some danger signal up to warn travelers.