Killed in Collision
Blinding Dust is Cause of Crash near Ontario
Lee Stanley Webb, 19 year-old Baker youth, was killed Thursday afternoon in a construction accident 10 miles north of Ontario.
Webb, son of Mrs. Billie Webb and stepson of Herman Webb, was a prominent athlete at Baker High School, participating both in football and basketball. He graduated with the Baker High class of 1954.
State police accounts of the Thursday accident, which happened at 4:40 p.m., said that Webb was driving a water truck for the Rogers Construction Company, which was engaged in new highway construction north of Ontario.
Cars on the project stirred up a blinding curtain of dust, Jack Whillhit of Boise, driver of a carryall vehicle, and Webb collided in the dust.
Whillhist is hospitalized with serious chest injuries.
Webb, whose parents live at 3015 College Street, was born November 28, 1936 at Haines.
He attended Baker public schools, graduating from high school in 1954. He was an outstanding athlete. He attended Oregon State College at Corvallis for a year. For the past two months he had been employed by the Rogers Construction Company, contractor on the Sperry Cutoff section of U. S. Highway 30 ten miles north of Ontario.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Webb; a brother Harold Mike Webb; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stanley of Rock Creek and Mrs. Lena Webb of Baker; several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Beatty Chapel in Baker. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Baker Democrat Herald, Friday, 25 May 1956, Front page.
Contributed by: Robert Bull