PARK, Scott L. 1861 - 1882
Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 5/7/2011 at 21:02:48
"The Fairfield Ledger"
Wednesday, August 16, 1882
Page 3, Column 6
A FRIGHTFUL FATE.
One of the most sickening and terrible accidents which it has been our province to report in some time occurred near Salina Friday morning, whereby Scott PARK, aged about twenty-one years, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. N. PARK, lost his life. About eleven o'clock Young PARK was at work in the orchard, near the house, with a mower. A swarm of bees flew past him, and he got down from the machine with a view to capturing them. Either at his endeavors to settle the bees or frightened by the insects themselves, the team took fright and started to run. The young man attemped to catch the team, and the horses turning very suddenly the end of the sickle caught him. By the sharp knives the right foot was completely severed from the leg at the ankle joint, the work being done as neatly as though it had been the work of a skilful (sic) surgeon's knife. No one was near to witness the accident, and no help to be had nearer than the house. Mr. PARK was soon alarmed by the cries of his son and hastened to the orchard to see what was their occasion, meeting his son on the way, crawling over the ground, and carrying the severed member in his hands. The boy was suffering terribly, and was already faint from loss of blood, probably five minutes having elapsed since the accident. He was carried to the house by his father and Mr. Waltus Collins, and a messenger dispatched for a surgeon. Nearly an hour passed by ere the desired aid came, and during a great portion of this time the blood continued to flow from the wound, it being almost impossible to stop it. Dr. Tracy, of Salina, and Dr. Worthington, of this city, came as quickly as possible and decided to amputate the leg between the knee and ankle, which was done. Young PARK rested more comfortably then, though in a weakened and faint condition, and flighty at times, until Sunday morning, when he died. His remains were interred Monday in the family cemetery, the funeral being attended by a large number of friends. Scott was a young man of considerable talent, and bid fair to live a useful life. He was popular wherever known, and a dutiful child and affectionate brother. He will be sadly missed both in his old home and by his many acquaintances.... In their family (Mr. and Mrs. PARK) of nine children, the youngest of whom is about eight years of age, death has never before crossed their threshold.
*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I am not related to the person(s) mentioned.
Note: Buried in Chicott Cemetery. Scott was 21 years, 5 months and 11 days of age.
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