Article Description:Boy Thrown From Horse; Brains Dashed Out [ESDEN, Robert Death in Wadsworth]
BOY THROWN FROM HORSE; BRAINS DASHED OUT ROBERT ESDEN OF WADSWORTH VICTIM ------ Was Attending to Usual Morning Duties When Horse Became Frightened and Threw Him. ----------------- Father Finds Lifeless Body ------------------------ While riding along the big canal of the Wadsworth Light and Power company near Wadsworth this morning, little Robert Esden, 12-year-old son of H. W. Esden, president and manager of the Wadsworth Power and Light company, was thrown from his horse and had his brains dashed out against the trunk of a tree.After throwing the boy, the faithful pony, which had frightened at something in the ditch, stood by the dead body of his little maser until H. W. Esden, the father, arrived and tenderly lifted his lifeless form in his arms.
The water mains of the Wadsworth power company and the electric light plant of that company are fed by a large canal leading from the Truckee river a sort distance east of Derby.It is the custom of the manager of this company to have some onerid along the entire length of this ditch every morning to look for any break that might have occurred in it or for any animal that might have fallen into the ditch and drowned.Not long ago the man who was employed to do this ditch-riding quit and little Robert Esden took charge of the work.
Every morning before the break of day the little fellow would go out and saddle his horse and start on his morning ride along the path by the side of the ditch.he would ride the entire distance, return in time to secure his breakfast and go to school every morning.This morning he failed to return.The breakfast hour was past and the time for school came, but still little Robert Esden failed to appear at home.
His father became worried and, saddling another horse, started out to look for his son.He had ridden but a few miles
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when he saw the boy’s pony standing with drooping head by the side of a tree.He spurred his horse to the spot and there saw the bleeding and crushed remains of his little son.The boy’s head had struck the tree when he was thrown by his pony and his brains had been dashed out against its bark.He had died instantly, his skull having been crushed like an egg-shell by its contact with the tree.
The grieved father wrapped the little lifeless form in his coat, and placing the body on his saddle before him returned to his home, where the fearful accident was made known to the worried mother.Word was sent to friends in Sparks and several of those friends left for Wadsworth this morning to be with the grief-stricken parent in their sorrow.
Robert Esden was about 12 years of age and was a student in the Wadsworth public schools.He leaves to mourn his death a loving father and mother, two brothers and two sisters.he also leaves a cousin, Miss Lillian Esden, a teacher in the Sparks schools, and another cousin, Miss Wanda Esden, who is employed in an office in this city.