Piano Fell on his Leg.

John Reed, while assisting his brother, Birch Reed, to unload a 1,000 pound piano at the Barlow home, slipped and the entire weight of the piano fell on his leg. That member was not broken, but the doctor thinks Mr. Reed will be paid up a long time. It is a wonder that the leg was not crushed.

Ward County Independent, 11/11/1903


Valley City, N.D., Sept 29.—At noon today one of the most shocking accidents in the history of Barnes County occured about twelve miles north of this city.

Charles Ford, an engineer in charge of a threshing rig on the farm of William Avers, met an awful death. A fire started under the engine and the flames threatened to injure it. Ford mounted the footboard to get the engine out of danger. His clothing saturated with oil, caught fire and he became panic-stricken and ran wildly across the stubble field, the flames enveloping his figure.

The members of the crew gave chase, but he dropped from exhaustion before they could reach him. He was about a quarter of a mile away before the flames were extinguished. His body was literally roasted and he died shortly afterward. He was a well-known Barnes county farmer and leaves a wife in poor health and two small children.

Hankinson News, 10/4/1906


There was a very bad accident at the sawmill on the south side last week. One of the men got his clothing caught in the gearing and was thrown on the saw. It cut off one hand and one foot. Dr. Morris was at the place at the time and stopped the flow of blood which probably saved the man's life. Dr. Morris took him to Ray and later to Williston to the hospital.

Williston Graphic, 11/19/1908



What was first thought to have been an attempt at horse stealing, yesterday afternoon, proved to be nothing more than the error of a drunken man.

When P.J. Nelson, a farmer living north of Bismarck, started to go home last night, he found his team gone. The team had been left standing in front of the Union Mercantile company's store. Mr. Nelson asked several people standing by about his team and was told that a man, "slightly under the influence of liquor" had been helped into the wagon a short time before and had started for home. Mr. Nelson hailed an automobile and started after. A short way out of town they met a Bismarck business man and asked him if he had seen anything of the team. He told them that a few minutes before he had seen a man sound asleep on a lumber wagon. They were directed to the place. There they found the erring one peacefully sleeping off the effects of a few hours' hilarity. Nelson took his team and started home and the drunken man was brought back to Bismarck.

Bismarck Tribune, 10/4/1913

A man named Clark, living near Esteline, Dak., was taken to Brookings and had a hearing before Judge Gaston on a charge of assault with intent to commit rape. The complaint was made by Clark's daughter. He plead not guilty, and stated that they girl was a bad character, and he undertook to correct her by giving her a good spanking. He was released on bail of $200.

Pembina Pioneer Express, 11/30/1883


Andrew Burlo Suffers Accident Monday While Hauling Hay

Andrew Burlo, a farmer near Wilbur suffered a badly shattered arm Monday morning from the discharge of a shot gun he was carrying on a load of hay.

Burlo was hauling hay to his farm and was carrying the gun on the load when it started to fall to the ground and in pulling it back the lock caught in the hay, the discharge entering at the wrist and the heavy shot tearing the flesh to shreds and shattering the bone in a terrible manner.

He was able to get to his home and Mrs. Burlo improving {sp} a torque on the wounded mans arm hitched to a buggy and started with him to Williston. From the time they were at Bells Ferry until Monday night at ten o'clock, Mr. Murlo was unconscious, hardly a drop of blood remaining in his body.

At the hospital it is stated that he will probably recover but his arm will be shortened if it is saved.

Williston Graphic, 11/2/1911

When the family of W. C. Fairbanks rose this morning they found some one had helped themselves to the contents of their ice chest. They found their Sunday roast, eggs, a jar of butter and numerous other eatables stolen. It is thought that some of the boes loafing in the city did the pilfering.

Bismarck Tribune, 8/6/1913

A boy named Hewitt at Buford, the fore part of the week, met with an accident in which he had one of his arms broken in two places, by being thrown from the back of a cow which he was attempting to ride. The boy was brought to Williston, and the fractures were reduced by Dr. VanDyke.

Williston Graphic, 11/19/1903


Anderson, a Brakeman on the Granville Construction Train, Falls Beneath the Pioneer Friday.

Brakeman Anderson, who was on the construction train near Mohall, came within an ace of being killed Friday. The bridle of the construction car had been taken off by some hobo and Anderson missed his footing. He fell beneath the Pioneer and was dragged for two rods or more. The train was not going very fast but this did not make his position any the less perilous. He was carried under the big Pioneer with just barely enough room for his body without being crushed. He says he thought he would surely be killed for he realized his great danger. All of his bad actions in the past came up before him, when the train suddenly stopped and he was taken out. There were holes worn through the soles of his shoes. His clothes were nearly all torn from his body and there is not enough skin on his legs to keep a spider warm. He came to Minot the following day and had his injuries dressed. He was able to walk about with difficulty.

Ward County Independent, 11/18/1903