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100 years ago: KU students prevent resident’s violent suicide

February 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 25, 1911:

  • "'Mamma's going to kill herself,' screamed a child running out of a tiny house at 847 Ind. this morning. 'Come quick, she's got the big butcher knife.' Two university students who chanced to be passing at the moment were attracted by the child's screams and following it into the house were just in time to seize Mrs. H. J. Hafferkamp as she was about to slash her throat with an immense butcher knife. Neighbors who were attracted by the commotion, phoned the police headquarters, and Officer Dailey reached the scene in time to relieve the students and take charge of the murderous knife which the woman was still eyeing determinedly. Mrs. Hafferkamp declared that the three children were impudent and unmanageable and had driven her almost to distraction."
  • "February has been a month of epidemics in Lawrence. Dr. Gillispie has quarantined 43 cases during the month. Measles are slightly less prevalent than they were a week ago, but scarlet fever seems to be getting a firmer grip on the town. As the latter disease is much more severe, parents should watch their children closely for symptoms of sickness."

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