Bullwheel Crushes Oil Field Worker in 1915


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/15/1915.

Former Calhoun Man Killed

Lee Ball, son of the late Claude Ball, of Rowells Run, and well known in the oil fields of this county, was killed about 3 o'clock this morning while working at well No. 2 on the J.K. Knight farm, near Pasco.

The young man was employed by Ross Mortimer and was assisting in building a rig on the location.  They were attempting to put up the bull wheel when Ball stumbled and fell on the walk and the wheel fell over on him.  The rim of the wheel struck his stomach and crushed him very badly.  The other men on the job soon removed the wheel and a hurry call was sent for Dr. E.S. Goff to come to the injured man, but before Dr. Goff could get started another telephone call told him that the young man was dead. - Spencer Times.