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
Submitted by Chris Cornett