Norma Rae (Larsen) Grapes

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

(January 1, 1930 - September 18, 1949)

Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
September, 1949

Norma Grapes

Thon Book No. 4

Mrs. Robert (Norma) Grapes, 19, formerly of Lusk, was killed in an auto crash on the Lincoln Highway, 33 miles east of Rawlins, Sunday, when a convertible in which she was riding failed to make a curve. Cross Rivas, 32, driver of the car, was also killed.

Patrolman H. W. Clingman, who investigated the accident, said Rivas was hurled 86 feet and Mrs. Grapes 34 feet from where the vehicle stopped. He said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

It is understood that Mrs. Grapes and Rivas were going to Medicine Bow where she was to meet her husband, an oil field worker. Rivas also worked at the field, and the two families were friends and neighbors.

Funeral services for Mrs. Grapes are being held at the High School in Harrison, Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, and burial is to be made in the Lusk cemetery, with graveside services here. Rev. Juell of the Congregational Church will officiate.

Mrs. Grapes is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Larson of Harrison. She was born there and graduated from Harrison High School.

She then took a beauty course at Hall's Beauty School, Casper, and took over management of the Modern Beauty Salon of Lusk on August 1, 1948.

She was married to Robert Grapes in September of 1948, and until July lived at Newcastle, where he was employed in the oil fields. He was then transferred to Medicine Bow.

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