Portsmouth, NH Electric Light Pole Accident, Jun 1898
William Fernald Felled by a Falling Electric Light Pole
The North end was the scene of another terrible accident this morning when William Fernald of Eliot, received injuries that will likely prove fatal.
He was employed on the bridge gang of the Boston and Maine railroad under foreman Preble and at the time of the accident, was engaged in tearing out the old stationary engine houses and runs at Walker's coal pocket.
A rope had been attached to a lot of staging and the whole mass was to be pulled over into the water. When it commenced to go a big electric light pole on top of the pocket came with it and instead of falling outwards, fell in, striking Mr. Fernald on the head with a terrible force. He was pinned to the floor by the big pole and lay there with a gaping wound in the side of the head. The other workmen rushed to his side and he was carefully carried to the ground and afterwards taken to the Cottage Hospital in one of Walker's coal teams.
Fernald is a man between 65 and 70 years of age and has a wife and family living in Eliot. He has been employed on the Boston & Maine road for a number of years and has been most faithful in the performance of his duties.
His many friends will be pained to learn of his severe accident.
Dr. Cheever attended the injured man and found him suffering from a severe scalp wound which laid the bone bare. There was another cut on his neck and it is thought his skull is fractured.
Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 22 Jun 1898