Woodside, L. I., NY Well Caved In, May 1890

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HE DIED A HORRIBLE DEATH.

CAUGHT IN A CAVING WELL AND GRADUALLY SUFFOCATED.

New York, May 19. -- JAMES H. PARCELLS, night dispatcher in the New York post-office, was killed by the caving in of a well on his place at Woodside, L. I., Saturday, MR. PARCELLS was repairing the well, when it partially caved in, burying him nearly to the neck. The quicksand continued to run down, and the efforts of neighbors to extricate the unfortunate man only increased his danger. A rubber tube was procured and placed in MR. PARCELLS mouth so that he could breathe after the sand had covered his head.

Efforts At Rescue Were Vain.
After several hours' labor the sand was cleared away again, but it was found that MR. PARCELLS had been unable to retain the tube in his mouth, and had been choked to death. He was one of the leading citizens of Woodside. He leaves a widow and six children in comfortable circumstances.

Decatur Morning Review Illinois 1890-05-20