Charles Claude Shaller © Cheyenne Star 30 Dec 1948 Submitted by: Wanda Purcell
Charles Claude Shaller Killed In Auto Mishap Thursday.
Coming as a great shock to the people of Cheyenne was the news that C. C. Shaller had been killed in an automobile accident on last Thursday night, December 23, 1948 as he was enroute from Cheyenne to Amarillo, Texas.
A large crowd from Cheyenne and vicinity attended the funeral services of Mr. Shaller at Canadian, Texas Sunday, after which burial was in Llano cemetery, Amarillo.
The following, is the account as published in an Amarillo Texas paper.
Mr. Shaller was killed at 6:00 o'clock Thursday evening when the car in which he was riding was involved in a collision with a transport truck near Alanreed, 74 miles east of Amarillo on Highway 66.
Jack Jackson, 33 year old Oklahoma City driver of the truck, leaped clear off the vehicle just before it was overturned. He was unhurt.
The Shaller automobile careened off the north side of the highway and plummeted over a 20-foot embankment. Mr. Shaller was dead when Highway Patrolmen arrived at the scene of the accident.
Mr. Shaller was returning to Amarillo from Oklahoma City to spend Christmas with his family when the mishap occurred.
Born October 10, 1885 in Kansas, Mr. Shaller moved to Canadian in 1887 with his parents where his father, C. H. Shaller, was a rancher.
He attended Texas University and was graduated in 1910 with a law degree, after which he went into the cattle business with his father.
In 1912 he was married to Bertha Matttie Newman, daughter of an early day Canadian physician.
In 1918 he purchased the old Shufeld ranch 12 miles northwest of Cheyenne in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
After his eldest son, Orville returned from college in 1938, they formed a partnership and operated the Oklahoma ranch, known as the Red Moon Ranch. The Red Moon Ranch covers approximately ten sections along the Washita River.
For the past two years, Mr. Shaller has been engaged in oil business and had spent a great deal of his time near Oklahoma City.
He was a past president of the Oklahoma Cattle Breeders Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaller moved to Amarillo in 1927, and Mrs. Shaller has taught math in Amarillo High School since that time.
Survivors, other than his wife and son, Orville Shaller include another son, Walter S. Shaller, 1410 West Eleventh, manager of the Service & Supply Company; four brothers, Frank J. Shaller of Canadian, Texas; Lee Shaller of Pampa; Elva Shaller of Eureka, California; and Rolla H. Shaller of Amarillo; four nieces, Miss Alice Shaller of Dalhart; Miss Ruth Shaller of New York City; and Mrs. Carl Studer and Mrs. Troy Newton, both of Canadian; as well as other relatives and numerous friends.
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