m. 22 Aug 1866
Facts and Events
THE TOPEKA STATE REGISTER
Dingman, who was returning from Goodland, Kan., where he had gone Thursday, was alone in his Hudson car and apparently traveling at high speed. Ahead of him were two other cars, the foremost driven by Roy Laframboise, of Silver Lake. Dingman attempted to go around the middle car, driven by a man whose identity was not learned. Just at that moment the unknown driver turned out to the left, preparatory to passing the Laframboise car. In order to avoid hitting him, Dingman apparently swerved sharply to the left: The left wheels of his car along the edge of the ditch for more than 150 feet. Then it suddenly turned end-over-end and crashed into a Kansas Power and Light pole.
Dingman Thrown Out of Auto.
J.W. Cochran, opposite whose farm the accident occurred, heard the crash and turned just in time to see the car turning over. He hurried to the scene, arriving just as Dingman died. The upper part of the electric pole was held up by the tautness of the wires, which prevented the high tension cables from falling upon anyone.
Dr. H. L. Clark, county coronoer, and Tom Powell and Bill Frey, deputy sheriffs, went to the scene of the accident.
Mr. Dingman had been attending the appreciation tour of the Association of Kansas Owned Life Insurance Companies. The car he was driving was a Hudson, belonging to the company.
Prominent in the Insurance Field.
He was born in Benton county, Iowa, left an orphan at an early age and raised himself to prominence and success by his own efforts.
Company in Fine Shape. "The Guaranteed Securities Company is in fine shape," Charles F. Hobbs, state insurance commissioner, said today. "It has been conducted along conservative lines and Mr. Dingman has, in recent months, been shifting the burdens and responsibilities on to his son, and to other members of the efficient office force.
"The company itself is behind all contracts, not any individual connected with the company. Any policy that becomes a claim is paid immediately. The state has ample reserves behind all contracts.
"Mr. Dingman's death is a loss to all the insurance companies of the state. He was a fine man."
Hunting was one of Mr. Dingman's favorite hobbies. In a trip to the mountains last year he managed to bag nearly every kind of big game animal native to the region. He had been planning a similar trip for this year. Recently he purchased a tract of 1,000 acres on the West Tenth avenue road which he was developing into a game preserve. He had spent a large sum in building artificial lakes and beautifying the property. He was greatly interested in sports and athletics and was a regular attendant at boxing and wrestling exhibitions.
Mr. Dingman is survived by his widow; a son, Ben Dingman, vice president of the insurance company and a former Washburn football star, and a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Stewart of San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Dingman now is visiting her daughter and arrangements for the funeral were held in abeyance pending word from them.
Active pallbearers will be Coach Ernest E. Bearg, Coach Elmer Holm, of Washburn, and Fred Dornbush, Eugene Barnett, Clearence Edwinson and Warren Shaw, four members of the Washburn football team.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Hobbs, L. D. Lichty, Carl goernandt, William Bryden, George Godfrey Moore, Hugh T. Fisher, Dr. wiliam E. Michener, James Pruett, Herbert Clark, John Williams, Harvey Estes and James A. Rout.
The body will lie in state at Penwell's chapel Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From back of portrait--I believe it was written by Winifred Dingman Stone "Charles Webster Dingman (ran away from home at age 13-) drove horses across the country became a jeweler which he loved, but lost his eye sight? became an (life) insurance agent for years Bought Hobby Hollow in Topeka Kansas Started his own insurance company, Topeka Kansas (National Reserve Life) Was killed in an automobile accident trying to avoid another car which pulled out, at the height of his career. Buried in Topeka."