Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Early Accidents


 VINCENNES GAZETTE
Date: December 1, 1860


SHOCKING DEATH.—Mrs. Martha Hyde, living in Lawrence county, Illinois, about three miles above Vincennes , came to her death on Saturday evening by falling into the well by the family residence. She was drawing a bucket, of water, when the sweep at the well broke and she was precipitated into the well, killing her instantly. She leaves a family of three small children to mourn her loss.



THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: December 4, 1858


SINGULAR DEATH.—Truman Brotherton, of Lawrence county, Ill., while walking across the trestle work of the O. and M. R. R., on Sunday week, accidentally slipped and fell, his side hitting the rail, and injuring him so severely internally that he died in a few minutes.