Harrisburg, Nebr., July 11.— The horrible news brought to town this morning that Henry Peterson had been buried in a well on William Ramsbottom’s farm in Flowerfield precinct. The accident that caused his death occurred yesterday while Mr. Peterson was in the well digging it out, it having caved in, the curbing gave way and about sixteen feet came crushing in upon him in an instant. Up to this time his body has not been recovered, but a force of men are at work and will secure it by tomorrow evening. The sand is very fine and will have to be curbed, and as it caved only sixteen feet from the bottom and the well is very deep, it has been very difficult to secure help to dig out the unfortunate victim. Mr. Peterson came to western Nebraska six years ago, settling up on government land and by hard work has accumulated considerable property, and is a well to do, honest, sober, and industrious young man that has the respect of the entire community. He is a single man about twenty-seven years of age. He has no relatives here, his father lives in Illinois and he has a brother in Iowa, who have been communicated with. His death is a shock to the community.
The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, July 13th, 1893