|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1866, Denmark|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1913|
Washington Death Certificate
Name: James Peter Anderson
Death Date: 29 Sep 1913
Death Place: Oroville, Okanogan, Washington
Age at Death: 47 years 6 months 15 days
Estimated Birth Year: 1866
Father's Name: Hans Anderson
Film Number: 1992080
Digital GS Number: 4220901
Image Number: 504
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 71
Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
DEATH BY ELECTRICITY
James P. Anderson Touches a Live Wire Carrying 16,500 Voltage
FALLS TO THE GROUND DEAD
On of the Most Shocking Accidents That Has Ever Occurred In Oroville
James P. Anderson, owner and manager of the Oroville telephone system, was almost instantly killed at 10:10 o'clock Monday morning by coming in contact with a high tension electric wire carrying 16,500 voltage, that connects the substation in town with the power plant at the falls of the Similkameen river.
Monday morning C.C. Hedger, local manager of the power plant and in charge of the distributing system, was notified by the contractor building the Covert block that some of the wires were in the way of the masons, with the request that they be removed. Mr. Hedger's assistant was busy on another part of the net work of lighting and power lines about town, and Mr. Hedger engaged Mr. Anderson, an experienced line man, to assist him to shift the wires. The substation is at the corner of the alley, facing Central avenue, between Main and Vancouver streets, and in the immediate rear of the Covert block. There are two poles in front of the station a few feet apart upon which the high tension wires are strung, carrying 16,500 volts. Mr. Anderson attached his climbers and mounted to the highth of about 30 feet and straddled a cross arm on the pole on the east side, with his right foot resting on a guy wire. Mr. Hedger was on the ground at the foot of the pole, directing the change. Brackets were to be nailed on the pole, and two were attached to a rope and hoisted to the cross arm. Mr. Anderson remarked that one bracket was sufficient for the purpose, but Mr. Hedger insisted that two should be put up as he did not wish to take the chances of the low tension wire coming in contact with the high tension wire. He also instructed Mr. Anderson to put the brackets on the outside of the pole as far from the high tension wire as possible, and warned him of the voltage carried by the large wire. Just as Mr. Hedger made this statement a sharp crack was heard that attracted the attention of the masons working on the Covert building. Mr. Hedger looked up and saw Mr. Anderson's face distorted and his arms around the pole as though he had involuntarily grasped it. He called up asking if he (Anderson) was hurt, but received no answer. In a moment or two the unfortunate man's body relaxed and fell limply to the ground. Dr. Efner was at once called. There was a slight fluttering of the heart but no signs of consciousness. Death had followed the shock almost instantaneously.
The only way to account for the accident, as he was firmly seated at the time and hence could not have lost his balance, is that Mr. Anderson, for some reason that cannot be understood and never can be explained, deliberately reached over toward the high tension wire, which was some two feet from where he was sitting, with his left hand. His hand never came in contact with the wire, but when close to it the electric current jumped across to the hand. The wire is insulated, but the rain Sunday had left the pole, insulation and ground wet. Mr. Anderson's foot was on a guy wire grounded, so that the conditions and the position of the man were perfect for forming a circuit. The completing of the circuit when Mr. Anderson was struck caused a sharp crack that attracted the attention of several in the immediate neighborhood, who were horrified to see the poor man waver for a few moments and pitch heavily to the ground. The only marks to show the course of the electricity were slight burns on the sole of his right shoe. When the body was prepared for burial there were small burns on the bottom of both feet. Friends broke the sad intelligence of the accident to Mrs. Anderson, at the telephone office, as gently as possible. It was some moments before she could fully realize the import of what was told her, and she was prostrated for a time. Kind friends and neighbors did all in their power to aid and comfort her in her sudden affliction.
The accident was one of the most shocking and deplorable that has ever occurred in Oroville. Mr. Anderson came to this county nearly twenty years ago, first locating at Loomis. He came to Oroville some six or seven years ago, taking up a homestead east of town. He was a carpenter by trade, but has done much work on telephone and electric power lines, and was accounted an exceptionally efficient line man. Some three years ago he realized the need of a local telephone system, and installed the one now in use. With but limited means at this common it was a hard struggle to make the project self- supporting, and only by sheer pluck and the most careful management was he able to keep the system in operation. Through his exertions the business had just about reached that point where there were prospects of its paying well when he was taken off.
James Peter Anderson was born in Denmark February 15, 1866, and died in Oroville September 29, 1913, making him 47 years 7 months and 14 days old. He came to the united States when he was about 20 years of age. He lived in Nebraska nearly two years, and moved from that state to Seattle, where he resided for seven years, when he moved to Okanogan county where he has sinced lived. He was married to Mrs. Luella Welling at Spokane, June 2, 1908. He leaves a wife, one son, two daughters, two step sons, four step daughters, and a father and two sisters in Denmark. Mr. Anderson was widely known throughout the north part of the county, and he was one of the most popular residents of this place. He was public spirited, industrious, upright in all his dealings, of a sunny disposition that endeared him to all who knew him. In his death this community loses one of its most valuable and best liked citizens and the wife and family a devoted husband and loving father. He was a member of the Loomis lodge of Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and Eagles. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the M.E. church; Rev. A.H. Mortan officiating. The casket was covered with flowers, and flowers were banked up in front of the alter, testimonials of love from many friends. The church was crowded until there was not even standing room in the vestibule, and many stood patiently outside the building during the services. The local Odd Fellows and Rebekahs turned out a body. Fully twenty members of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges of Loomis, of which the deceased was a member, and representatives from Tonasket and Molson were present. Interment was in Odd Fellows cemetery, and the funeral cortege was the longest ever seen in the county. At the grave the Odd Fellows took charge of the ceremonies. The large crowd that took part in the last sad rites bore silent testimony to the popularity of the deceased in his life time.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - October 3, 1913
Oroville Riverview Cemetery
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