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THE WESTERN STAR, 17 June 1893
Obituary of GEORGE F. MURRAY
ANOTHER WELL ACCIDENT.

There has been three accidents in as many months in the county this spring to persons digging wells. Jake Heaton, of Avilla township was the first to meet a serious fall, and a few weeks later the son of S. F.
Mullin was precipitated a distance of 30 feet to the bottom of the well, and now comes the terrible news of George F. Murray, a citizen of Avilla township, losing his life from falling a distance of 50 feet into a well. The particulars of the latter accident so far as we are able to
glean them are as follows: Mr. Murry was digging a well in Avilla township and had reached a depth of about 50 feet. He was blasting with dynamite, and a short time after he had made a blast he entered the well by a rope, slipping his leg through a noose and having a boy to lower him to the bottom. On this occasion it appears he entered the well too soon after the blast, before the sulfurous smoke had cleared out, and was overcome by it and fainted. However, he got his leg through the
noose in the rope and gave the sign for the boy to pull him out. While drawing him out, the boy felt a jerk on the rope, but his weight was still there, and before he had drawn him out he saw that he was in a faint and hanging head downward. The boy had drawn him nearly to the top when Mr. Murray's leg slipped from the noose and he fell to the bottom on his head and shoulders, causing instant death. The deceased was a
young man, unmarried, about 26 years of age. He came to this county from Kansas City, over a year ago, and we learn he has no relatives nearer then Kansas City, where he has a sister residing. The funeral services
were conducted at the M. E. church in this city at 4:30 o'clock yesterday and his remains interred in the city cemetery.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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