Russel M Bird
Dec 5, 1856
Aug 20, 1885
28 yrs 8 mos 15 days
|Located at Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Springdale, AR.|
Oh what the heck I'll just draw you a picture.
It's not quite right but you get the idea.
So I'm guessing he either dug wells for a living or someone has a very morbid sense of humor. Here is why I say that. I was able to find a newspaper article on Mr. Bird's death.
August 27, 1885
BYRD, Rus – A young man by the name of Rus Byrd was killed while blasting in a well near Springdale last Thursday. The blast was slow in going off and the young man, after waiting some time, descended into the well and was blown almost into fragments.
Well, I can say one thing. Newspapers back then did what photos and videos cameras do today. You get to see the sad carnage from horrible accidents whether you wanted to or not.