Believed Drowned

W. M. Rice, the man who was so terribly burned by the prairie fire at Farnham and Davidson's ranch last Friday, died of his injuries. Rice was burned in attempting to plow a fire-break to save his employer's property. He was 21 years of age and unmarried. Rice saw the fire approach the place and started to plow a fire break around the buildings to prevent the fire from reaching them. While he was doing this the plow became stuck in the soil and the fire caught him and the horses. Even when his clothing was all on fire and he was terribly burned, he succeeded in unhitching the horses so that they might escape, which they did, though somewhat burned.

Bismarck Weekly Tribune, 5/4/1900


Posted 05/16/2014