Mashin' in the Mud Saves Man's Life in 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/16/1901.

Serious Accident
Happened to H.C. Blackshere at Brooksville Last Week

Quite a serious accident happened to H.C. Blackshire, of Big Bend, one day last week.  He was working on some saw logs which had been washed upon the river banks by the large rise a few days before, when a log which had been lodged in a tree became loosened and fell upon him.  The log fell about eight feet and crushed him to the earth.  It required the effort of three men to release him from his perilous position.

When he was taken out it was discovered that his nose was broken, his face badly mashed, his collar bone was broken, an arm was broken and that he had sustained other serious injuries.  He was removed to the home of A.J. Pettit, near by, where medical aid was summoned, and his injuries attended to.  He is improving rapidly as could be expected.  He was very fortunate in not being killed outright, which he would have been, had it not been for the mud where he was, the log mashing him down in the soft mud.