|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the
Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/24/1940.
Two NYA Boys Meet Death When Ditch Bank Caves In
Two boys working on the National Youth Administration community building
a short distance above Grantsville were instantly killed Monday morning
when the bank of a ditch they were digging caved in and suffocated and
The victims were Anis Baxter Mollohan, 18, son of Lanty and Maud Mollohan,
of Cremo, and Vernon Edward Davis, 19, grandson of Geo. F. Davis, of Annamoriah.
The boys were digging a footer for a retaining wall on the upper side
of the premises. Rains had softened the banks on the upper side of
the ditch which was about six feet high. The lower side of the ditch
was less than two feet deep. The boys are thought to have been lying
prone digging out a footer under the upper bank when the cave-in occurred.
Neither of the boys were covered with more than a few inches of dirt when
found. Mollohan received a fractured skull and other broken members,
presumably from heavy soapstone clods which fell on him, while Davis died
The tragedy caused unutterable grief through the county, both young
men bearing the finest reputations. Young Davis had only reported
for work that morning and Mollohan had worked only a few days.
Less than two years ago four boys working the community project were
drowned when a boat used as a ferry from a quarry located on the opposite
side of the river capsized.