|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1872|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1914|
m: Mary Thresa "Mollie" Shebat 8 Sep 1897 in Wabasha, Wabasha Co, MN
The Leavenworth Echo - Aug 14, 1914
W. A. BELL KILLED WHILE FIGHTING FOREST FIRES
Leavenworth Man Meets Death Under Falling Tree, near Wenatchee Lake - Leaves Wife and Children
While fighting forest fires in the vicinity of the Lake Wenatchee W. A. Bell of this city was instantly killed late Wednesday afternoon. From all accounts Mr. Bell, who was working on the side of a hill, was struck by a falling tree and death must have resulted instantly, as it was found that his neck was broken. To make matters still worse he was pinned down under some burning brush and his body was frightfully burned before he could be extricated. Bernard Bell, the 14 year old son of the unfortunate man and A. A. Bryant, of this city, who were near him at the time he met his death, state that they knew they were in a dangerous locality as burning trees were falling on all sides of them and made repeated efforts to warn the father of his peril. He evidentially did not realize the danger, however, and probably never heard their calls as his hearing was imperfect. Mr. Bryant and the son were the first to reach the man after the tree had fallen and had considerable difficulty in getting him out from under the burning mass.
It was first thought that Bell had only been rendered unconscious by the blow and Dr. Judah was summoned from this city, accompanied by Mrs. Bell. A quick trip was made to the place of the accident but the unfortunate man was dead on the doctor's arrival and it is believed that he died instantly.
Mr. Bell left here nearly two weeks ago for the scene of the forest fires, a few miles above the head of Lake Wenatchee where he had been employed to cook for the fore fighters. The camp in which he was located broke up the first of the week after which he went to work on the fire line. Bernard, the young son of Mr. Bell, who was his father's constant companion, showed himself to be an unusually nervy little fellow and took a leading part in rendering assistance to his father.
The body of Mr. Bell was brought to this city by Dr. Judah and from here it will be shipped to his old home in the east.
The deceased was well known here where he has resided for several years. He leaves a wife, two daughters and a son to mourn his untimely ending.
Forest Supervisor Sylvester, speaking to the Echo reporter, says that thru an act of Congress of May 30, 1908, Mrs. Bell will receive as compensation an amount equal to what Mr. Bell would have earned in one year's time, at the rate of pay he was receiving at the time he was killed.
Washington Death Certificate
Name Wilfred Aloysius Bell
Death Date 12 Aug 1914
Death Place Chelan County, Washington
Age at Death 42 years 6 months 16 days
Estimated Birth Year 1872
Father's Name Joseph Bell
Mother's Name Guildie Eithier
Film Number 1992188
Digital GS Number 4220915
Image Number 1007
Volume/Page/Certificate Number 107
Joseph Bell (1842 - 1909)
Guielde Eithier Bell (1856 - 1926)
Mary Thresa Shebat Bell (1873 - 1942)
Nelda E Bell Walker (1898 - 1964)*
Bernard V Bell (1899 - 1965)*
Leavenworth North Road Cemetery
Created by: Teresa
Record added: Oct 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30911600