Lewiston, Idaho, December 2, 1886
Sad Accident - On Sunday afternoon last, while little Ezra Baird, aged eight years and several other companions, of his own age, were frolicking and playing on the bank of the Clearwater river at the foot of Eugene street, a serious misfortune befell little Ezra which caused instant death. From what we glean from the boys who were present we understand they had a fire built and were gathering small sticks to build up the fire, when Ezra espied a small stick propping up a large log on the upper bank, which was laying on an incline. He endeavored, by little exertion, to pull this stick out, when the log commenced rolling rapidly, and before he could make his escape, it caught him, tripped him up and rolled over his head on the right temple, mashing in that side of his skull. The little unfortunate was taken home, and Dr. Stirling summoned who, after an examination, pronounced him dead, and it is thought he never lived to know what killed him. The funeral took place from the Universalist church on Monday afternoon, and was largely attended, Rev. Mr. Fairchild officiating. All the pupils in the primary department of the public school, of which he was a worthy and studious member, were present. Ezra was the eldest of three children, and only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Baird of this city; a bright and intelligent boy, and a great favorite among his companions. The heart-stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad bereavement, and it is assured that they have an angel in heaven who may call them mother and father.