February and March of 2009 have something in common. They each sport a Friday the 13th on their calendars. Long considered an unlucky day, one Mason resident proved that it does not have to be catastrophic.
The following article appeared in the February 19, 1942, Mason County News. It refers to an incident that occurred the prior Friday, February 13th.
Child Escapes Harm From Fall Into Well
A near tragedy occurred last Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock when Pat Reardon, two and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frantz Reardon, fell in the 35-foot well of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown. He sustained only shaken nerves and wet clothes. There was about four feet of water in the well.
Little Pat came up to the top of the water and held, until help came, to a pipe that runs up the side of the dug well.
Raymond Humphrey, member of the Mason Fire Department, carried the shivering Pat to safety after he went down into the well on a rope. At first the firemen attached a rope to little Pat and tried to get him out but Pat would not let go of the pipe.
Help was called after Pat's brother, Tommy, about four years old, ran into the Brown home and told his mother Pat had fallen into the well. Mrs. Reardon was attending a committee meeting of the Methodist Church Ladies Missionary Society at the Brown home.
It is believed that Pat must have climbed onto the well, which is about four feet high, walked on a board which was over the well, and the board must have slipped, causing the fall. Pat evidently went in feet first as he was still wearing his cap when brought to safety. The child was in the well about 15 or 20 minutes before he was rescued.