Saturday, November 6, 2010

1828 - Nicely done, Mom...

"Who but a mother can conceive the depth of a mother's love? We learn from the Providence Journal, that a woman of Smithfield Rhode-Island, went to the well to draw water, with a young child in her arms, and while in the act, from some cause, the child slipped or sprung from her, and plunged into the well, which was about 30 feet deep. The mother immediately seized the well pole with which she descended a part of the distance, and then jumped down to the relief of her child, which was raised from the water and held in that position until the cries of the mother brought Mr. Joshua Arnold to her relief. Both the mother and child were taken from the well, without having received material injury." 

Date: October 15, 1828 
Location: Connecticut 
Paper: Middlesex Gazette

For more stories about Smithfield and the ancestors who lived there, visit Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island