|Birth: ||unknown, England|
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1914|
Alfred Bibby, 21, a ranch hand, was buried alive in a cave-in of a reservoir dam on the Lazy "D" ranch, ten miles south of Cheyenne, at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and died before the enormous weight of soil and debris could be removed from his body.
With only his companion, James Cunningham, 20, to endeavor lending immediate assistance, all hope of rescuing the young man alive was fruitless.
Bibby and Cunningham had been digging a trench through the dame, for the purpose of installing a new outlet pipe. The walls of the dam are sloping, and at the center, the distance from the top to the base is more than ten feet. It was at this point that Bibby was working, when the side walls of the entrenchment gave way without warning, and Bibby was buried without an audible outcry, and Cunningham barely escaped the same fate.
Tons upon tons of dirt slid down into the entrenchment. Recovering from the shock Cunningham made a frantic effort to shovel away the debris that imprisoned his companion, but soon despaired of all hope of being able to rescue the entombed man unassisted. He ran to the ranch house, a quarter of a mile distant, and phoned to Fred E. Warren, of the Warren Live Stock company here.
In an automobile which sped out of the city at 3:15 o'clock, Fred E. Warren, B.H. Finkbiner and Charles Crain raced with death to the scene of the disaster, where Cunningham, with the tears streaming down his face, was working furiously to remove the debris. Before leaving the city, Mr. Warren telephoned to Dr. G.P. Johnston to hurry to the ranch with all speed. Bad roads delayed the rescue party to some extent.
It was nearly a half hour before the rescue party had uncovered the body. Dr. Johnston arrived just as the body was being lifted from its grave. He made a hurried examination, but shook his head in response to Cunningham's pitiful questioning. The young man had been dead for some minutes. No evidence of a struggle to free himself could be detected, and it is supposed that he either fainted or was stunned and never regained consciousness. His body was not badly bruised, however.
It was a sad procession that left the Lazy "D" ranch for Cheyenne late yesterday afternoon.
Bibby and Cunningham were the only hands on the ranch yesterday.
Bibby's body was removed to Gleason's, this city, within a few hours following the accident.
Coroner Church of Weld county, was notified, and late last evening he arrived here and held a brief investigation. From the evidence presented, the coroner determined that no inquest would be necessary.
Bibby came to America from Lancaster, England, less than three years ago. He has been employed on the Lazy "D" ranch, which is the property of the Warren Live Stock company, for the past four or five months. His parents reside in England, it is thought.
The body is being held for instructions from friends. It is believed that his parents are poor, and that the burial must, of necessity, be held here.
© Wyoming Tribune no. 102 April 29, 1914, page 1 & 3
Plot: Lot 1461 Sec B
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29163599
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