|Death: ||Mar., 1913|
April 3, 1913
Two Deaths In A Well
Word reached the city Monday evening telling of the death of Ray Watson and Lew Breshears at the home of H. A. Johnson, twenty-two miles north of town. At the time the word came in it was not certain that Mr. Breshears was dead, and Dr. Clay and Undertaker R. V. Tucker immediately started for the scene of the accident. When about twelve miles out they were informed by another messenger that the boys were both dead.
Lew Breshears had been stopping at the Johnson home the past winter and at odd times been digging in a well at that place up to about a month ago when the work was stopped on account of rock. Monday the work was resumed, and Mr. Breshears was blasting the rock. He failed to raise the rock with the first charge and at noon put in another, much heavier, and about 4 o'clock went down to see the results. He went down the 74 feet in safety but at the bottom he called tot he boys on top to pull up up as the gas was yet too strong to work in, and when he was raised about 15 feet he was overcome by the gas and fell back tot he bottom unconscious.
Ray Watson had happened over where the well-digging was going on a few minutes prior to the accident, and when he saw his friend fall back he caught the bucket and told them to lower him. He also reached the bottom safely, but could do nothing on account of the gas, and called to be pulled up. It appears there was two deposits of gas in the well, one at about 15 feet from the bottom and one at about 40 feet. He came through the first deposit and called to be pulled faster, and when he went through the second he lost consciousness and fell to the bottom. He was badly bruised, having hit the curbing several times in his fall. Death in his case was instantaneous.
Aid was summoned from the nearest places, and M. H. Misfeldt and Ole Simonson arrived there from Malta, and the work of rescuing the boys was immediately commenced. After about one hours' work bailing gas Alex McArthur was lowered and the bodies were taken to the surface.
Mr. Watson came to this place from Langdon, N. Dak., three years ago this spring, and has lived on his homestead north of town since. He was an excellent young man with no bad habits and commanded the respect of all who knew him, and his friends were numbered by scores. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife and three little ones, a sister, Pearl, who resides here, a brother, Floyd, of Great Falls, this state. His father lives in Iowa, another brother in Kansas. The sympathy of all is extended to the bereaved ones in their sorrow. The funeral services were under the auspices of the Odd Fellows' Lodge, of which he was a member.
Luther Breshears has lived here for the past year or so, having come here from North Dakota, where he was well known and highly respected-a young man of excellent habits. He will be remembered by many citizens of this town as the young man who ran the separator last fall for J. R. Stubblefield. He has a claim up north, and some personal property. Little is known of his people as he was a quiet fellow and talked very little. From what we have learned from associating with him his father lives in Missouri, a brother in Colorado, and a sister in Oklahoma. The adddresses are unknown. He has a niece in Lewisberg, Mo., who has been notified of the sad death.
The funeral services of the unfortunate young men will be held this (Thursday) afternoon from the Methodist church, services being conducted by the Rev. Cookingham, and the bodies interred in the Malta cemetery.
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