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100 years ago: Missing Baldwin man turns up unharmed

September 10, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 10, 1911:

  • "G. A. Hardy, who has been missing from Baldwin for over a week, returned to his home today riding his little pony and without knowing how much worry he had occasioned. Mr. Hardy explained that he had been on a long horse trading trip and that he had been doing business between Lawrence and Kansas City since he left here. He did not know that a search was being made for him and returned this morning just as he had left several days ago."
  • "A. D. Weaver has returned from the east where he has been purchasing the fall stock for the Weaver Dry Goods Store. He reports a splendid trip and a new line of bargains to be offered the people of Lawrence this winter at the Weaver Store. These goods will begin to arrive soon and will be here ready for display when the re-modeling of the store is completed. Mr. Weaver was greatly pleased with the work that was done on the building while he was away and feels that he will soon have his business in one of the handsomest buildings in town. The new front is certainly a beauty and Mr. Weaver has a right to feel proud of it."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

There is still no news concerning the whereabouts of Mrs. O. F. Bullock?

Everyone is getting really worried about her!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

But at least we know she didn't run away with Mr. G. A. Hardy.

I'm sure that Mr. Bullock is relieved to know at least that much.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey, at least I got one back for ya, Ron. Detective work is hard work. ;-)

(I still think his "horse trading" story sounds a little fishy!)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

Mr. G. A. Hardy had to come up with some kind of excuse!

It's stated that he came back on his own pony. So, he went on a horse trading trip and didn't have any horses to show for it afterwards?

Yes, that does sound a bit fishy. His wife probably had a few things to say when he finally got home.

But one thing's for sure: When he finally got home, dinner wasn't hot and waiting for him on the dinner table.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 9 months ago

Here's a freebie for you, Ron! Didn't have room to use it .... It'll help keep your worried mind off Mrs. Bullock for a few minutes.

"SHADY AFFAIR AT SHADY BEND -- Men and Boys Tar and Feather Young Lady School Teacher -- THE MEN ARE ARRESTED -- Girl Accused of 'Talking About' Other Women -- One Took Her Riding into an Ambush Where Others Lay in Wait with Tar and Feathers.

"Shady Bend, Kan., Sept. 8. Eight men and boys have been arrested and placed under bonds here for alleged connection with the tarring and feathering of Miss Mary Chamberlain, a young school mistress, ten days ago by a mob. A strong effort has been made to keep the matter quiet but Attorney McCandless refused to allow the affair to go uninvestigated. The trials of several of the alleged perpetrators have been set for next month and other arrests are expected.... Miss Chamberlain belongs to a prominent family. The only excuse given for the affair is that she had 'talked about' other women of the community. It is charged that one of the men under arrest took Miss Chamberlain for a ride in a buggy and that upon reaching a lonely spot in the road he stopped his buggy and ran into the woods. Several men, it is said, were waiting near the spot, their motorcycles leaning against the fences. These men it is said took Miss Chamberlain from the buggy, removed part of her clothing, applied tar and feathers and left her. Her escort is is said then returned and drove her back to her boarding place. Miss Chamberlain was not seriously injured."

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

Wow! There's a whole book about that!

A True Account of the 1911 "Tar Party" of Shady Bend, Kansas

After several years of research and preparation, "A True Account of the 1911 Tar Party of Shady Bend, Kansas" was published by Village Lines. Those of you familiar with locations and details in Lincoln County will find the book fascinating and those involved in Law Practice or Criminal Justice will find historic value in the 1911 procedures. Other folks will delight in a book that is a real "page turner". Straight from accounts written in Kansas newspapers, the book tells Lincoln County history that made national and international headlines, but for many years was unknown to local residents.

Shirley Buchanan, Executive Assistant at Village Lines researched the accounts after learning of her great grandfather's involvement in the case. With the help of Village Lines Owner, Marilyn Helmer, the book was completed.

A True Account of the 1911 "Tar Party" of Shady Bend, Kansas Researched by Shirley Flegge-Buchanan, Lincoln, KS

Book Cover Painting by Jim D. Nelson, Lincoln/Jewell, KS

Preface by Marlin Fitzwater, Former White House Press Secretary for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and author of "Esther's Pillow", a fictional account of the Tar Party.

Price: $12.95

$17.50 with tax & shipping

Village Lines 139 W Lincoln Avenue Lincoln, KS 67455-1917

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

You'll have to buy the book to find out!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 9 months ago

Ron and all -- I just put some data on Mrs. Bullock over on the original post at

No news on finding her, but at least we know she survived her train adventure!

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