Archive for Sunday, May 27, 2012

100 years ago: Swimming excursion ends in tragedy for young boy

May 27, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 27, 1912:

  • "The Kaw has claimed its annual toll of human life. Yesterday evening the treacherous waters closed over the body of little Howard Ulrich and carried him to the bottom, snuffing out his young life. The tragedy occurred in the 'swimming hole' above the dam and opposite the water works, where the boys of west Lawrence engage in water sports. The searchers remained on the scene until late at night but were unable to locate the body and shortly before midnight gave up the task. Somewhere beneath the cold, muddy waters the lifeless body rests but at 3:30 this afternoon the search was still in progress with no results.... Howard was fourteen years of age. He was considered by the boys to be a good swimmer and often went with them to the old swimming hole up the river. But yesterday he got beyond his depth and was carried down by the greedy waters that each year claim their victim."
  • "Frank Good, a Union Pacific engineer, was quite seriously injured on Saturday evening near Midland when he fell from his engine while the train was in motion. He was brought back to Lawrence and was taken to the hospital where it was found that he was suffering from concussion of the brain. His toes on his left foot were cut off by the engine wheel. This morning it was stated that he was improving and would probably recover from the accident."
  • "Next year it will be Arthur St. Leger Mosse as head coach at Kansas University. The former K.U. star and coach was in Lawrence today and in conference with Chancellor Strong. Mr. Mosse announced that he will accept the position and only a few formalities now remain before he is officially employed. Mosse has made a great reputation at K.U. and has an almost innumerable list of friends in Lawrence who are expecting great things from him next fall."


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