Archive for Sunday, June 13, 2010

100 years ago: Man injured in gun accident involving snake

June 13, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for June 13, 1910: “Mike McLaughlin and Henry Hagenbuch, of Eudora, were out fishing at Horseshoe lake yesterday and were sitting in a boat when they saw a snake swimming towards the bank. Hagenbuch expressed a wish for a gun to shoot it and McLaughlin drew an old revolver from his pocket and handed it over to him. Hagenbuch snapped it twice and then the gun stuck. ‘I’ll fix it,’ said Mike and he did. While he was working with the revolver it was discharged, the ball going through his foot. McLaughlin did not want his friends to learn about his carelessness so said nothing about the wound for several hours, until it was necessary to call a physician. It is needless to say that the snake escaped.... H. W. Tustin, who has a fruit farm just west of town, marketed a dozen or more baskets of fine home grown peaches today. The World did not have to take his statement for the quality of the fruit as he brought a basket full to the office with his compliments. This is believed to be the first lot of home grown peaches on the market this season.”


Ron Holzwarth 8 years ago

Gosh! I hope that gunshot wound has healed by now!

LadyJ 8 years ago

The poor guy didn't want people to know about it and so the World publishes it for everyone to see. Where is Horseshoe Lake, is it still around?

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