Prominent Water Works Men in Auto Accident
Car Over Turns Causing Death of L. S. Barnard and Arthur P. O’Leary—Charles R. Wood Severely Injured —Beekman C. Little and George C. Andrews also Hurt
A MOST unfortunate automobile accident which resulted fatally occurred near Selkirk, Out., on August 19, when a touring car, in which were riding Beekman C. Little, superintendent of Rochester water works; George C. Andrew, water commissioner of Buffalo, N. Y.; L. S. Barnard, Buffalo salesman for the Hersey Manufacturing Company; Arthur P. O’Leary, chief of the Bureau of Record, Rochester, N. Y., and Charles R. Wood, of the R. D. Wood Company, Philadelphia, Pa., over turned. The car, which was owned by Mr. Little, skidded on the slippery roadway and the rear wheels left the road. In trying to get it back on the narrow country road the front wheels slipped and the car turned turtle, making two complete somersaults. Mr. O’Leary was dead before the relief party reached the War Memorial Hospital at Dunnville, Ont. Mr. Barnard it was at first thought would survive but after lingering for three days he passed away on August 23.
Mr. Wood is the most seriously injured of those who survived, having the bone of his left leg so badly shattered that a large portion had to be removed and there is also danger of a blood clot forming. Mr. Little was severely bruised and also suffered considerably from shock. Commissioner Andrew was the least injured, escaping by almost a mircale, having only suffered a severe sprain, although when the car was lifted from the injured men he lay under Messrs. Bernard and O’Leary.
Beekman C. Little was elected president of the American Water Works Association just previous to the Montreal convention. Charles R. Wood is vice-president of the Water Works Manufacturers’ Association.
L. S. Barnard, who has been with the Hersey Manufacturing Company for a number of years, was a great favorite among his business associates owing to the geniality of his disposition and his efficiency as a salesman. Mr. Barnard’s funeral took place at three o’clock on August 25 from his home, 20 Glendale Place, Buffalo, N. Y. He leaves a widow.
Disputes Federal Census Figures
Geo. W. Batchelder, water commissioner of Worcester. Mass., plans to take a census of water consumers, this year, if the department funds permit. According to the water census taken in 1917 the population of Worcester was then 178,000 with a per capita daily consumption of 75 gallons. On that basis, the water officials estimated the city’s population at 195,000 in 1920 yet the U. S. Census gave it as approximately 179,000 for 1920. The city officials cannot believe that the water consumption per capita has increased to the degree indicated by the federal figures and propose to ascertain definitely if possible. Mr. Batchelder says that the per capita daily consumption must have increased to an extraordinary degree in 1919 if the government’s returns are accurate and there is no ground, in his judgment, for accepting that conclusion.