Idaho County Free Press

 01/15/1942

Injuries Are Fatal To Leonard Peterson Crushed by Rolling Rock Near Riggins Monday P. M.; Funeral Thursday

 Leonard Andrew Peterson, 47, White Bird, died in General hospital at 2:30 Wednesday morning from multiple injuries received when struck by a large rolling boulder at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Peterson and Frank Lee, state highway maintenance men stationed at White Bird, were engaged in removal of a landslide on the highway two miles south of Riggins when the accident occurred. Peterson observed a new shift of earth toward the highway and shouted a warning to Lee, who was more nearly in direct path of the landslide, when a large boulder struck him. Force of the blow knocked Peterson over a high embankment and rendered him unconscious. An ambulance from Hancock Funeral Home was summoned to transfer the injured man to the hospital. Laurence Cone, state patrolman, made an investigation. Examination revealed Peterson's neck was broken, skull fractured, an arm and a leg broken, and several ribs fractured. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Methodist church in White Bird. Grangeville American Legion post, of which Peterson was a member, will be in charge. John F. Rice will officiate. Burial will be in the White Bird cemetery. Arrangements by Hancock Funeral Home.

 Leonard Andrew Peterson was born at Chat, Wisconsin, November 21, 1894. He had lived in Idaho 23 years, 12 in Idaho county, the last seven of which he had worked for the state highway department. His wife died in 1936. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Vivian Seay, Grangeville; Amber Peterson, Grangeville; Mrs. Dick Nelson, Spokane; six sons, John, Jack, Bud, and Wayne, all of White Bird; Harold of Grangeville; Milo, Nampa, Idaho; two brothers, Harvey and Elsworth Peterson, French Creek, Idaho; two sisters, Lettie Peterson, Spokane; Mrs. Eva Kidder, Plummer, Idaho, and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Chris Cornett

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