Archive for Sunday, January 30, 2011

100 years ago: Tonganoxie couple loses livestock, farming equipment in barn fire

January 30, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 30, 1911:

  • “Mrs. John Kesinger, living three miles southeast of town, was badly burned yesterday evening immediately after dark in trying to save some live stock from a barn which was in flames, says the Tonganoxie Mirror. John Kesinger, the husband, was away from home as a witness in a case being heard in Leavenworth, and Mrs. Kesinger had to do the chores. After finishing this task she discovered the west end of their large barn in flames. She at once went into the barn to release the animals and in doing so she got cut on her forehead and burned. The fine black team that has often been observed on the streets of Tonganoxie was lost in the fire. Some other live stock may be lost. All the grain, hay and implements in the barn went up in the flames. The loss is about $3,000 but is mostly covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is not known.”
  • “The National Old Soldiers home here was placed under quarantine today following the discovery of five cases of small pox among the civilian attendants. There are nearly 3,000 veteran inmates besides 200 attendants in the home.”

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