Child Survives Near Drowning in 1894

(05/26/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/4/1894.

Last Thursday morning a little child belonging to Mrs. Effie Westfall, who lives about one mile from town, fell in a well while Mrs. Westfall was about her household work and was not missed for a little time.  On looking out for the child she noticed that the bucket used at the well was knocked down and on going to the well was horrified to find the child still struggling but almost drowned.  She procured a stick with a nail driven in for a hook and made three attempts before she brought it out.  She ran down the run some distance when her screams attracted the attention of T.R. Stump, who was working near, and by his aid the child was brought too in a short time.  It was indeed a close call but for the extraordinary presence of mind of Mrs. Westfall the child would have certainly been drowned.


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