Last week I wrote an article on Dwight Harris. As I was looking for an article for this week, I came across the heading “Fairview men are badly injured from dynamite explosion last Saturday”. This was in the Fairview News Febuary 1937.
Dwight Harris, widely known Fairview workman, lost one eye and the major portion of his right arm in a dynamite explosion, which occurred early Saturday afternoon near the East Fairview School. Harris with several other men had been blasting holes in which trees were to be planted when the accident happened.
Two other workers, Ed Myers and Oscar Fishe, were also injured from the same explosion and had been taken to the Sidney hospital and received treatment for badly infected eyes and head wounds.
Dwight’s condition had been critical for a time but was given a chance to recover. On the night following the accident a specialist had been called in from Miles City by Dr. Lund. One of his eyes, which were completely shattered, had been removed to increase the chances to save the remaining eye that had also been badly injured.
Dr. C. M. Lund, in charge of the case, stated that in about 10 days they would be able to determine the extent of permanent injury to his eyes.
The mishap was caused when an unignited charge of dynamite had been left in the frozen ground and that a second charge had been set off. Only one blast occurred and after waiting several minutes, the men went to the location. Upon reaching the spot Dwight slightly in advance started to locate the dynamite which and failed to explode. As he bent over the hole, the fatal blast occurred.
Dwight’s mom (Rose) told him to wrap his arm in cotton and burry it below the frost line, and he would be free of pain. So his arm was buried in the well. When Dwight was questioned whether this worked he stated, “The damn thing still hurts him and always has.”
Dwight came with his parents to Fairview in 1912 when he was 12 years old.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information compiled from Courage Enough and the Fairview News.