ENGINEER ROASTED TO DEATH
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