Courtright, G.A. (Unknown - January 22, 1907)

Fatal Accident on LaPrele Ditch

Bill Barlows Budget - January 23, 1907

Dynamite claimed another victim yesterday in the person of G.A. Courtright who was blown to pieces while thawing out the explosive in his tent at the head of the LaPrele ditch. The accident happened about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, just how no one knows as he was alone in the tent at the time using the cook stove to take the frost from the charges. A frightful explosion brought the men to the tent where they found Courtright thrown across his bed terribly mutilated and with life extinct. The stove was blown to atoms, the largest piece to be found was a leg. Sticks of frozen dynamite were scattered about which, had they been in condition to explode, would have blown up the entire camp. One arm of the dead man was blown off and the entire body perforated by pieces of the flying stove. The remains were brought to the Hofmann undertaking parlors in this city and will be shipped to Wheatland today. Mr. Courtright was 56 years old and leaves a wife, four daughters and two sons who await the arrival of the body at their home in Wheatland. This is the first bad accident to mar the building of the ditch and, while the fact is known that part of the cost of every large project is paid in human lives, it throws a gloom over the promoters and workmen as well.

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