Beverly Ward Lett was a young man when he died, and left a wife and 3 children when he was crushed by an accident when transporting mining equipment.
Although he died a relatively young man, he lived to see all of his four children born, including Donovan, his youngest, who was born a month before Beverly's death.
Beverly was named for his aunt Nancy Jane Lett's husband, Reverend Beverly Randolph Ward Jr., who was a preacher that his parents admired.
A FATAL ACCIDENT
B. W. Lett Killed While Helping to Move a Mining Plant.
JOPLIN, Mo. Dec. 2.—Yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock B. W. Lett, an engineer by trade, was killed at the June mine in Rex City. The deceased was assisting Sol Wallace to move a steam plant from the June mine to another location on the Thousand Acre tract.
At the time of the accident the men were moving a crusher and platform on trucks, pulling it with an engine.
Mr. Lett was in the act of guiding one of the trucks over a small rut in the roadway when his brother-in-law, who had the engine in charge, saw that the load was tottering dangerously, and shouted to the doomed man, who instantly realized his danger and jumped for his life, but the heavy timbers caught him and crushed his life out instantly.
The remains were taken to his home in South Joplin, where he lived with his wife and three small children who are left in comfortable circumstances.
Coroner Whitely was notified of the accident and will arrive here this morning to hold an inquest. He will be accompanied by Constable Rich, who will summon the jurors.
Mr. Lett was well known in Joplin, he for some time having had charge of a traction engine used by Mr. Wallace, his employer, in moving houses.
Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.
From THE LEADER DEMOCRAT, Springfield, MO, Thursday, December 2, 1897, page 6
BORN Jan. 26, 1861
Nov. 30, 1897
We miss thy kind and willing hand
Thy fond and earnest care
Our home is dark without thee
We miss thee everywhere
Laura Alpharetta Benschoter Lett
1863–1933 (m. 1882)