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100 years ago: More details emerge on Central Park skeleton

September 13, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 13, 1912:

  • "There is little doubt but that the bones unearthed in Central Park the first of the week are those of one of Quantrell's men who was killed here and then tossed over into this ravine. Those who remember the affair or who have heard the story from their elders believe that this is the man. They state that his name was Skeggs and that he was the last of the raiders to leave town. A band of farmers and Indians pursued him and he was located near the Sperry farm in the Kaw bottom. The Sperry mail box is said to be located on almost the same spot where the man was captured. The man was brought to Lawrence and was killed here. Several shots were fired at him but he did not drop until struck by an arrow fired from the bow of a friendly Indian by the name of White Feather who had joined the farmers in their pursuit. Later the body was deposited in the ravine in what is now Central Park and it is quite probable that the bones found by the sewer workmen are those of this man."
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