|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1884, Germany|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1937|
San Bernardino County
Son Of Jakob and Karoline (Reichert) Speth.
Husband of Sophie Speth
Cause of Death: Electrocution
4000 Volts Instantly Kills Hinkley Pair
Wife Discovers Dead Bodies of Mate and Son
Anthony Speth and his son, George were instantly killed yesterday morning at 7:30 by electrocution. The two were moving a hay derrick from one part of the Speth ranch to another and were working parallel to the power line. A steel cable runs from the top of the high boom of the hay derrick to the ground. In maneuvering the derrick around this cable swung into the high tension line.
The bodies lay on the ground until late afternoon when the county coroner arrived. County officials in reconstructing the accident believed that the high boom became entangled in a nearby tree. The mules were unhitched and taken to the back of the machine. George Speth was on the tongue of the machine while his father was riding back on the seat. When the derrick was loosened from the tree, it swung around coming in contact with th high tension line, some 30 to 40 feet above the roadway.
The 4000 volts shot down along the cable through Mr Speth's body killing him instantly. Speth fell across the mule which was also killed.
George, the steps revealed, ran to the switch at the road junction to disconnect the power. Returning, he sought to take the cable from around his father's neck, believing the line dead. However, the switch that he had pulled was another line, and the deadly current electrocuted the son.
The double accident occurred close to the house and when it was time for George to go to school, Mrs Speth went to call him and discovered the tragedy. She removed the wires with a ten foot pole, but the men were dead, their bodies badly burned.
Anthony Speth was well known throughout the Mojave valley coming to California from Germany 25 years ago to homestead his present ranch. He was one of the oldest residents of the Hinkley community. He was a member of the Hinkley Farm Bureau and chairman of the committee on soil erosion.
George Speth was a senior at Barstow Union High School.
Anthony Speth is survived by his wife and two sons, Robert, employed in the Farmers and Merchants bank of Los Angeles and Frank who is taking a post graduate course at the University of California.
Robert John Speth (1911 - 2001)*
George Henry Speth (1919 - 1937)*
Mountain View Cemetery
San Bernardino County
Maintained by: Bob Speth
Originally Created by: Don Stowell
Record added: Aug 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57942865