A sad accident occurred in Pleasant Lake on Saturday last,
which resulted in the death of a son of Col. Aldrich.
About 3 o’clock in the afternoon Addison, the second
son of Mr. Aldrich was sent to turn the horses from the barn to field some
distance away. Among them was a colt which he undertook leading instead
of driving and either through playfullness or because the colt was too uneasy
to lead well otherwise, he tied the rope halter around his body. About
40 rods from the barn the colt commenced running and dragged the boy after
him over the ground. Twenty rods or more he ran in this way, when he
stopped and commenced rearing and plunging continually tightening the rope
around the poor boys body. Again he started running 20-30 rods farther
where the rope broke leaving the boy insensible. In this condition,
he was found about 6 o’clock in the evening, the rope still around
him. He was carried to the house and medical assistance provided.
The rope, after being cut from his body only measured about 15 inches.
Insensible to everything but pain, he lingered along until about 8 o’clock
on Monday evening, when death relieved him of his misery. He was buried
on Wednesday, at the cemetery in this place. *More
Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper, 21 Nov 1863 p. 3 clm.1
Submitted By: Jean Ann Childers