BURIED ALIVE WHILE AT WORK
A Fatal Accident Happened Monday Evening caused by the in-caving of a sewer ditch – other news.
A little after 5 o’clock. Monday evening, a fatal accident occurred between Seventh and Eight streets in Eugene, which caused one Stephen New, a newcomer to loose his life. The accident was brought about by the caving in of the dirt above the big sewer ditch which has been dug in the alley along back of the John B. Coleman property. The contractors for the main sewer are M S Barker and W B Mummy, the sub-contractors for 1000 feet ending on eight street are Hawley, Bilghton and Oleson. The ditch was dug sometime last week and the pipe laid therein and most of the cribbing removed to be used further on. It was discovered by the city surveyor that a slight mistake had been made and that the pipe would have to be dug out and lowered about six inches. It is said that some of the men refused to go in as they considered it dangerous on the account of the removal of the cribbing but Mr. New said he feared no danger. Alford Whitney was working along side of New when the accident occurred and several men were scattered along the line. Mr. Whitney says he heard the dirt coming and jumped just in time. Mr New was less fortunate, the dirt covering him up to the neck with several tons of dirt and rock pressure. He exclaimed “dig me out”. “This time I am caught in a tight place,” but before the dirt could be removed life had taken its flight. The unfortunate man came here from Tillamook county and leaves a wife and seven children who are said to be very poor.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene) October 14, 1899, pg. 5, col. 4.
I could not find any additional information on this gentleman, if you know where he is buried or where his family went, please let me know.