This article was taken from the Ottumwa Weekly Courier, Thursday Evening, May 10th 1894.
A Man Meets Death by Caving of a Bank.
Andrew Dickey, A Worthy Laborer, is Killed While at Work in Padden’s Gorge.
A SAD ACCIDENT.
From Wednesday’s Daily.
Yesterday Afternoon, at approximately 4 o’clock, Andrew Dickey was instantly killed by the caving of a bank in the rear of C. E. Norton’s lot which faced on Marion Street.It seems that Mr. Dickey, along with three other men, were digging under a bank intending to cave it off, and thus make a start grading the lot of Mr. Norton, which is some 20 feet above the alley at that point. The bank was made of what is called joint clay with an under strata of sandy soil. When the sandy strata had been partially mined away, the entire top of the bank had caved in, burying the four men working below it, under several tons of dirt. They were engaged in loading a wagon, and three of the men were covered with dirt but so forced under the wagon that their heads were uninjured and they escaped with a few bruises. Mr. Dickey was not so fortunate, and his head was struck on the hub of the front wheel,fracturing the skull, and probably breaking his neck. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and was an industrious and hard working man. He had lived at Fairview and had been employed in the mines during the winter. He leaves a wife and two children who are wild with grief. Mr. Dickey was 45 years of age. No blame can be attached to the contractor, as the men dug under the bank in his absence. The bank which caved in, is the last survivor of the walls of the famous Paddon gorge and it is to be hoped to be the last trouble which is to result of that rash piece of idiocy.
“…I give to my wife for the term of her life the South part of the house in which I now live, also the use of a low(?) warming pan and two herbs gathered, with one-third part of my real estate and after her death to be divided in the same manner as I hereafter direct for the rest of my estate to be namely: I give to my only son Arthur two-thirds of the remainder of all my estate Whether Lands or Moveables to him and his assigns for ever and the remaining part of my estate I give to my only daughter Elizabeth and to her assigns for ever and I so constitute my son, Arthur, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and trustee for my aged wife, in witness whereof I have here unto put my name and seal this 20th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four.”
Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999, Probate Files Collection, Early to 1880; Author: Connecticut State Library (Hartford, Connecticut); Case Number: 1457; Item Description: Probate Packets, Keeler, Stephen-Loveridge, A, 1787-1880, Probate Place: Hartford, Connecticut; Source Information: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts.
A few years ago, I started doing family history. I was tracing my father’s line and have came to a sudden halt.One of my ancestors is William Knowles. In looking at the research done by Stanwood Knowles Bolton, even he does not include William into the descendants of Henry Knowles. He does however, include addendum explaining it. Furthermore, KKNFA did DNA comparison, and William does not tie into the family genetically.William was in Rhode Island for a bit, and then off to Connecticut. New Milford Connecticut Historical Society sent me a picture of the Knowles homestead ( still standing). The photo showed gravestones laying flat like a sidewalk. I had found that the Knowles had property where Candlewood Lake was made. Old books about the lake suggest cemeteries were relocated. At this point, I can only assume that they are still buried somewhere in Candlewood Lake, and that the stones were supposed to represent that. Now, what I have a problem with is all the researchers on ancestry.com, claiming that William was the son of Richard Knowles and Martha Cobb. A little research proves otherwise. If you are a Knowles descendant, and can add some light to the parentage of William, please shed some light on the matter.