Archive for Monday, January 14, 2013

100 years ago: Local farmer loses herd in icy Kaw

January 14, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 14, 1913:

  • "William Schaake of Kaw Valley suffered a severe loss yesterday afternoon when about 25 horses and mules owned by him broke through the ice on the river and were drowned. While he did not know the exact number of animals lost Mr. Schaake said this morning that as near as he could tell he would estimate the loss at close to $4,000. The animals had been driven from the farm in the Kaw Valley through Lawrence and across the bridge to pasture on the north side on Saturday morning. Yesterday the entire herd broke out of the pasture and started back to the farm on the south side of the river. But the animals evidently came to the conclusion that a short cut across the ice on the river would bring them home much sooner and the entire herd started across. The ice at this point was fairly thick and reasonably safe and the animals were more than two-thirds across before the ice gave way and the entire herd was precipitated into the water. The crash of the ice and the cries of the animals aroused those living along the bank of the river and a small band of farmers attempted to save the animals. They succeeded in bringing to shore five that had fallen into shallow water but the remainder of the herd was lost beneath the ice. It was a severe loss for Mr. Schaake and one that has been preceded by a series of misfortunes which makes it all the more severe.... Last summer he lost a barn and three mules by fire, two mares died during the summer and only a short time ago a mule valued at $225 died of disease. Recently 125 hogs belonging to Mr. Schaake were lost to cholera."
  • "The wolves of Grant township evidently were tipped off to the fact yesterday that that particular date had been fixed as open season for wolves, for when the mob of hunters began to beat through the brushes yesterday there were no wolves to be found. Although the hunters kept up the chase they were unable to bag a single coyote during the day. Quite a number of rabbits were killed, however, and the hunters declared that they had a good time even if they were unsuccessful in their endeavors to capture big game."


LadyJ 5 years ago

This poor guy gives real meaning to the old saying "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all". From horses and mules to pumpkins.

Sarah St. John 5 years ago

I think I have written a time or two before about the Schaake farm of the early 1900s, and I have wondered if any of the current Schaakes ever read OHT. :-)

Here's the one where he (William) lost his barn:

And there's a Chris Schaake mentioned in this one:

FlintlockRifle 5 years ago

Miss Sarah, again thanks on the update on the ""wolf hunt"", sounds like it was a draw 0-0.As for the Schaake family you might contact Larry Schaake (pumpkin patch on east 15th street) I think this was Larrys dads (Goddie) brother, good luck. Keep em coming

Tyson Travis 5 years ago

Used to live next door to a Milt Schaake in Lawrence in the 60s and 70s, he was getting up in years then, could have been a son or some other relation.

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