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100 years ago: House painters injured when scaffolding collapses

July 12, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 12, 1913:

  • "Charles Westfall and G. R. Smith were badly hurt this morning when some scaffolding on which they were standing collapsed under their weight and the two fell to the ground. The extent of Westfall's injuries are not known. It is thought that he has some internal injuries, possibly broken ribs, said Dr. G. W. Jones who attended him. The two men were at work painting the house of E. S. Peckham at 643 Indiana street, when the accident occurred. One end of a plank on which they were standing rested on the top rung of an extension ladder that was not prepared to stand their combined weight. The men fell about sixteen feet, Smith alighting on his feet. It was thought for a while that Westfall's injuries were due to his striking the porch, but it was found later that he was hurt when he struck the ground."
  • "Carl Kreider, who was bitten on the leg a few days ago by a dog is getting along nicely. No unfavorable symptoms have appeared. The wound was a bad one and was made by the big black dog belonging to Charles Has, night watchman at the University."
  • "A pulmotor has been received at the University of Kansas. This is good news, for Lawrence has needed such an instrument for years. It is a small machine for starting respiration and is extremely valuable in cases of drowning. Many lives that have been claimed by the Kaw, the Wakarusa and Potter Lake could have been saved if such an instrument had been at hand. It is also useful for the resuscitation of persons who have been struck by lightning. Dr. James Naismith procured the pulmoter for the University at a cost of $150. It is a small apparatus with oxygen tanks and a tube leading to the mouth and nose. Artificial respiration is brought about by a small bellows that fills the lungs by pressure and empties them by suction, the rate of the pulmotor's suction being automatically adjusted to suit the size of the patient's lungs."
  • "In spite of chinch bugs, grasshoppers, and drought, the University of Kansas is going to continue its increase in number of students, according to the registrar, George O. Foster. The prediction for next year is 2700, a gain of about three hundred over the figures for the past school year. Registrar Foster based his estimate upon the number of requests for catalogs and information about the University that have come to the office."
  • "Striking in the same spot four times is the freak lightning has played on the Lind farm, a mile from Seafordville [near Cottonwood Falls]. Each time it has struck barns and twice has set them on fire, burning them to the ground. During an electrical storm this week, lightning struck the Lind barn for the fourth time, completely destroying it together with valuable contents.... It is believed that heavy bodies of mineral may lay beneath the ground where the barns stood which have attracted the electricity and it is not likely now that more buildings will be erected on the spot."

Comments

mom_of_three 1 year, 1 month ago

Cool that Dr. Naismith "procured" the equipment....

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sjgreen 1 year, 1 month ago

Wonder if this Carl Kreider grew up and donated money to the hospital to establish Kreider Rehab Services?

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