Bio: VanCamp, James (29-Jan-1900)
Contact: Laurel Bragstad Schaub
Surnames: Van Camp
Chronicle, Reprinted in the
Greenwood Gleaner: 29-Jan-1900
In turning on the electric current in the blacksmith shop the other night, James Van Camp in some unaccountable manner formed a circuit and found himself fast to the wire and unable to let go. A blaze began to run toward the roof and things looked dangerous, but with rare presence of mind Jim pulled out his knife with his free hand and cut the wire short off just above the lamp. As he did so the hot wire melted into the steel blade of his heavy knife a quarter of an inch. He did not get burned at all, only shocked.
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