|Lenard Nicholi Pitt, circa 1908|
Lenard Nicholi Pitt
UPDATE! (2/18/2014) Deb Stewart, my 2nd cousin, has found an article about Lenard's tragic accident and I am so happy that she has shared it with everyone Here is the article, along with a transcript that Deb provided:
ROCKSLIDE CAUSED BY BLAST IS FATAL
Explosion Sends Debris Hurdling Down Incline; One Man Killed, One Escapes Special to The Tribune
NEPHI, March 16. -Yesterday afternoon an accident occurred at the Nephi plaster mill which resulted in the death of Leonard Pitt, a resident of this place. The accident happened in the gypsum quarry adjacent to the mill. A blast had been set off and after the shot Pitt, with his brother William, started up the incline. Some rock that had been loosened by the blast, but had not yet rolled down the hill, came plunging down the steep slope and deluged them with stones. The one brother, William, heard the rocks coming and ran. The other was caught by the slide and hit in several places by large rocks, one of them striking him on top of the head, killing him instantly. The brother who escaped was showered with small stones, but was not seriously injured.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), pg 28, on 17 Mar 1912
Meanwhile, Emma's sister just younger than her, Elizabeth May Bale (she went by May), married Lenard's older brother, John William Pitt on 14 Feb 1911 - St. Valentine's Day.
|Lenard's headstone, with Gypsum mine in background, Nephi, Utah|
On March 18th, 1912, Lenard Nicholi Pitt, just 24 years old, was buried at Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi. His parents were there, undoubtedly, with his pregnant widow, his young son, and many others. As the mourners gathered around his grave, they could see, in plain view, the mine where Lenard was killed. (see photo.)
Emma remarried in 1913 to Charles C. Jensen, a young widow himself with 3 young children. They went on to have 9 children together. She loved Charley, but always said that Lenard was her one and only true love. Emma lived to be nearly 96, and died in 1987.