Hancock, Benny Dies in Accident 1896
Posted By: Ernie Braida
Date: 11/7/2011 at 23:13:41
Columbia, Aug. 11 In the midst of life we are in death, and little we thought that it was so near to one of our little friends as when we heart that Benny Hancock had accidentally fall into a coal shaft and expired before help could be obtained.
He attended Sabbath school here at 10 o'clock a. m. and in company with another boy started home, stopping at this place to water the horse; the shaft was fourteen feet deep, and contained a ladder on which Benny descended a few steps and, being overcome with damps; fell to the bottom. Help was obtained immediately, a halter placed over his foot and he was drawn to the top, but only breathed twice and was dead. Drs. Finarty and Carpenter were called and everything was done to restore him but life was extinct. Benny was an exceptionally bright twelve-year-old boy, a Christian and a member of the M. E. church. His funeral services were held at Oak Dale church, Monday, at 10 a. m.
The deceased leaves a mother, step-father, several sisters and brothers to mourn this sudden departure.
We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved, and commend them to a God who hath said, "Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for such is the kingdom of heaven."
Marion County Newspapers 1896
Marion Documents maintained by Allen Hibbard.
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