Hecker baseball team played with Prairie boys last Sunday. Hecker won 4-11. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came up this afternoon. Uncle Fred helped Papa fix wire fence. We finished our dresses this afternoon. They was here for supper. Henry & Leona went to Belleville this afternoon. They left the kids here. The most terrible thing happened this afternoon about 2 o’clock. The two Gambach’s Henry & Willard died. They was trying to clean a well out. There was some gas got in the well & the water taste, so they got the fellows that put the gas tanks in the ground to come to dig it out to see if it was a leak, but they said none of them had a leak, so they don’t know how the gas got in the well. Henry went down first to get a bucketful out, and when he came out he said, that his breathe pretty near got taken away from the smell of gas. But he went down in the well again, but failed to come back up alive. Then Willard wanted to save Henry’s life, then he too was taken [in] there. Henry Emery went down, but he couldn’t stand it either. They had to pull him up with a rope & he also was unconscious. They rolled him around until he got to himself then he was alright. They sent for men from Belleville but they couldn’t do no good so they full around until they got the rope around him & then pulled him out. Willard they got out about 1/2 hour but Henry was in almost 2 hours. Henry was 32 years old. Willard was to be 27 on July 2. They took them to the undertaking parlor at Belleville by Gundlach’s and will bring them out Sat. afternoon. Mrs. George Gambach is so worried, she is some time gone all together. Uncle Fred, Papa, Aunt Mary, Rosalia all went up to see them pull him out of the well.
June 27, 2011