Winona, MN Electricity Accident, Jul 1907


Lad Electrocuted on Top of Tower at Winona Picnic Park.

Winona, Minn.---A Fourth of July "stunt" caused the death of Roy Van Sicklen, aged 17 years, at a picnic park near here Thursday. The park is illuminated by an electric light tower 150 feet high and Van Sicklen, following a "dare" from companions, climbed to the top of the structure. He came in contact with a live wire and his corpse was hurled to the ground, striking on rocks, which mutilated it badly. The accident was witnessed by 300 persons.

The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI 10 Jul 1907

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