Obituary for Herman Colvier Hopkins
14 December, 1903 - 6 August, 1930
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Thursday, 7 August, 1930
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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YOUNG MAN IS
Death Follows Accidental
Contact Between Derrick
and Electric System
Herman C. Hopkins, 26-year-old
bachelor son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hopkins, was instantly killed
Wednesday forenoon at his parents' farm home, about a mile south of
Roswell, when a hay derrick they were moving across the road touched
a telephone wire which had been charged from a power line cable
about 1200 feet further down the road.
The fatal accident occurred about 9:45 o'clock.
According to Coroner Paul Case, who was called immediately to the
Hopkins farm, the men were moving the hay derrick to another field
across the road. To get the tall derrick underneath the
telephone line the wires were lifted. This act tightened the
wires to such an extent that one of them contacted with the power
line just at the instant one of the derrick cable touched the wire.
The young man was grasping the cable with one hand, Coroner Case
said. His father hear a groan and when he looked around his
son was lying on the ground. He attempted to raise his
shoulders, but fell back with a gasp. There was just a slight
burn in the palm of his hand, Mr. Case said.
The body was moved Wednesday afternoon to the Peckham
undertaking rooms at Parma.
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