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FATAL CATASTHOPIE-Joseph Bowers-1857


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 3/5/2020 at 16:49:56

The Eureka, Anamosa, Tuesday, July 14, 1857

FATAL CATASTHOPIE-Joseph Bowers and Willis Arnold, on last Tuesday, while engaged in digging a well for John Crow, six miles north of this place, met with a serious accident. They had sunk the well some twenty-five feet in the sand, put in cribbing about fourteen feet from the top, and were sinking below the cribbing in gravel, when Mr. Bowers, who had only a few moments before descended into the well, heard something crack and started up the cribbing; but was assured by Mr. Arnold that he saw nothing wrong. Hardly, however, were the words out of his mouth before the well, for fifteen feet around above the cribbing, caved in, covering Bowers up fifteen feet; and after five hours hard work, by the neighbors, he was taken out, but the vital spark had fled. Mr. Bowers leaves a wife and four small children to mourn his untimely death.


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