Idaho County Free Press
Thursday, March 12, 1936

Earnest Leach Loses Life Grading Road
Pinned Underneath Tractor When Overturned; Icy Bend Fatal Spot


Ernest C. Leach, road foreman for Grangeville highway district was instantly killed Monday afternoon on the Cove road near Mt. Idaho when a caterpillar tractor he was driving overturned on a steep embankment pinning him underneath. Mr. Leach was in charge of a WPA crew who were grading, filling, and draining the road bed when the accident occurred.
Mr. Leach had been formerly employed by Roy Green on road construction work and had been an employee of the highway district for several years. Witnesses to the unfortunate tragedy stated that Mr. Leach was thrown into a fence below the road when the tractor overturned, and was caught before he could escape.
Ernest Cecil Leach was born October 10, 1891 in Bondville, Illinois, and came with his parents to Grangeville in 1909. He was united in marriage to Anna Cash September 11, 1927.
Surviving are his widow, his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Earl James and Mrs. Taft Storey, both of Nampa, Idaho, and three brothers; Lloyd of Grangeville, Lawrence of Tuscon, and Charles, present address unknown.
Funeral services were held at the Hancock-Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon with the Rev.'s Herman Beaber and Leon Stanton officiating and burial was in Prairie View Cemetery.

Submitted by Chris Cornett   

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