Spartanburg, SC Well Digger Falls into Well, Jun 1905

A WELL DIGGER KILLED BY FALL INTO WELL

John W. Arnold, White, Meets Death While at Work at a Glendale.

Special to The State.

Spartanburg, June 13.---John W. Arnold, a white well digger, fell from his seat in a large bucket which was being hauled up from the bottom of a well, and was instantly killed today. Arnold and several workmen were employed to deepen a well of the D. E. Converse company, near the Glendale mills, and he was lowered to the bottom to inspect the undertaking. As he was being towed back to the top, and about the time he had nearly completed the trip, he suddenly lost his perch and fell headforemost to the bottom. His neck was broken by the fall. Arnold had complained of being unwell prior to beginning the work. The accident was in no manner due to the workmen who assisted him.

The body was removed from the bottom of the well an hour later. Coroner Foster was notified, but he did not deem it necessary to conduct an investigation. Arnold was about 28 years of age, and his wife and one child survive him.

The State, Columbia, SC 14 Jun 1905