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Archive for Monday, July 22, 2013

100 years ago: Local church seeks burial site of first Quantrill’s Raid victim

July 22, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 22, 1913:

  • "The first man who fell in Quantrell's raid is buried in an unknown grave. Rev. Snyder, pastor of the United Brethren church, was the first man to be killed and here after half a century no one knows where he was buried. The United Brethren have called their new church a memorial for this good man and when they started to find his burial place that they might do honor to his memory this week they could not find it. No records exist of it whatever. Now it may be that some of the old timers can tell where this man was buried. If so they will confer a favor by reporting the same to this office. It has been just half a century since that great tragedy and it is surprising that the grave of the first martyr has been lost. Let us see if this cannot be found. Who knows where the first man who fell before the murderous Quantrell raiders was buried?"
  • "The dentists of Lawrence have fallen in line on the Half-day-a-week closing plan during the summer. They have agreed among themselves to close their offices every Saturday afternoon beginning July 26 and continuing until October 1. The closing plan is gaining ground rapidly and others are expected to announce a half-holiday soon."
  • "The city police yesterday evening raided the home of W. A. White in North Lawrence. They found a case of empty beer bottles and a little whiskey in a jug. White was placed under arrest on a warrant charging violations of the prohibitory law on both counts. White was released on a bond of $300 to appear for trial on next Saturday morning."
  • "Lawrence has a Twilight Baseball League again. The old organization was revived last night and the playing season is to be opened on Friday evening of this week. Last night at a session of enthused magnates the pulmotor was brought into action and new life pumped into the old organization which had been on a prolonged hibernation. Four teams have been entered in the 1913 organization: the Lawyers, Y.M.C.A., Haskell Indians, and the Printers. The playing season is to continue until the middle of September with two games a week for each team after the opening week."
  • "Last night was one of the coolest and pleasantest nights of the summer. The thermometer had dropped to a decent figure and there was a dandy breeze blowing that made it a great night for sleeping."
  • "Douglas County today is voting for and against a new bridge across the Kaw River at Lawrence to replace the old structure now in use here. Whether the new or the old gets the majority should be known within less than an hour after the close of the polls tonight."

Comments

Sarah St. John 9 months ago

Found in the Letters to the Editor from July 29, 1913. "Editor Journal-World: The committee of the United Brethren church might look up the records of the old Franklin cemetery. If I am not mistaken Rev. Snyder was buried there. I am not positive of the exact place where Rev. Snyder lived. It was either west of L. Bullene's place near where Russell and Frye lived or on John Adams' farm south of Wm. Miller's. There was one grave in that yard but my recollection is that it was there before the raid. The only one now living in that neighborhood is Henry Eggert. My idea is, however, that Rev. Snyder was buried in old Franklin. A. G. MENGER, E. Reno, Okla., July 27."

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