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Archive for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

100 years ago: 18-year-old woman attacked

June 29, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for June 29, 1910:

“Nellie, the 18 year old feeble minded daughter of Mrs. Mayme Cook, living on Bridge Street, was enticed to Bismark Grove Saturday, forcibly kept all night and ravished. The outrage was not reported to the police but current on the streets yesterday afternoon. It could not be confirmed, however, until the girl was located this morning.... The horse belonging to John Cannon, rural carrier on Route No. 8, became frightened while standing at the post office, and broke its hitch strap. It ran east, turning north on New Hampshire. At the shirt factory, it collided with a phone pole, tearing one wheel off the wagon. The animal was caught before it demolished the vehicle further.... Berry picking is one of the chief occupations of the Lawrence small boy who is anxious to earn a little additional money for the Fourth. There are a number of blackberry patches surrounding the city and the crop demands a large crop of pickers. The growers pay from a cent and a half to two cents a box, and the average boy can pick fifty to sixty boxes a day.”

Comments

RKLOG 4 years, 6 months ago

There are still some nice blackberry patches growing around Lawrence. And the wild grapes growing just north of the river are succulent and good as a jelly.

mdrndgtl 4 years, 6 months ago

And girls are still getting ravished.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 6 months ago

I love how they just mention it in passing...like it's on the same level as berry picking.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 6 months ago

Ricky_Vaughn, I see your point! Between having space limitations and wanting to get a good variety in there, I often find I have very contrasting stories right next to each other. I try to aim for a balance between serious and light, town and university (not overlooking Haskell), etc. And mostly Lawrence and surrounding communities, with a bit of national or world news thrown in if it had an effect on Lawrence in some way (like recent Halley's Comet stories).

I try to put the "big news" first, and Nellie's abduction was certainly big news on that day. As it turned out, they later discovered that she had not been taken to Bismarck Grove, but to the nearby "camp" of the abductor. (In the dark and confusion, she just thought it was the Grove.) About a week earlier, a woman alone in her farmhouse (her husband had gone to town) had been hit over the head and knocked out, and then when she came to, she was tied to a porch chair with her own clothesline and tea-towels. Luckily she had screamed bloody murder right before being conked on the head, and the neighbors heard and came over. When they showed up, the attacker fled on foot. The whole area was outraged by this crime, and then when Nellie's abduction happened a little while later, people were really upset. It's possible that the two attacks were perpetrated by the same man, but I'll let that news unfold as it happens.

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