The photos on this page are courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Swede Karlson of Lowell, Indiana. I learned of their existence from Richard Schmal, also of Lowell, Indiana and a contributor. While looking through some old pictures of the Karlson's, he noticed some of the 1952 wreck and contacted me. I in turn contacted the Karlsons. They were gracious enough to mail me the pictures to have copies made and post here.
On an extremely personal note, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Karlson for the pictures. Our two families were very close. To this day I still consider them a set of second parents. Their eldest son, Rick, and I were classmates from Kindergarden through graduation from Lowell High School in 1973. Their second son, John, graduated two years behind Rick and I. John was a close friend and my baseball companion. We both loved baseball, as players or spectators, and spent many a summer afternoon, evening and weekend at the ballpark. We grew apart after I married and I am still saddened by John's untimely accidential death. Thank you for use of your pictures Mrs. Karlson. You and John are very much in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
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