Archive for Thursday, June 6, 2013

100 years ago: Deputy county assessor takes his own life

June 6, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 6, 1913:

  • "George Draper, deputy county assessor of Douglas county, this morning about 7 o'clock took his life by firing a bullet through his brain. At 9 o'clock this morning the body of Draper was found in the corner of a hay loft at his home, 1217 Delaware street. A bullet wound in his right temple and a revolver close by told the tale.... Mental derangement is believed to have caused the man's action. A little over a year ago he was sent to the state hospital at Topeka for treatment. After a few months he was returned to his home at Lawrence and it was believed that his ailment had been cured. However, it is said by members of the family, that he had been afflicted at different times since then, but that they did not regard his case as a serious one.... It was learned that neighbors had heard a shot in the vicinity of the Draper barn this morning, but paid little attention to it thinking that the sound was made by the horse's kicking against the side of the building. Later, when it was learned the Mr. Draper had taken his life, they recalled having heard the shot.... Draper has been suffering from derangement for some time and at least once before did he attempt to take his life. That time he jumped from a windmill tower on the Bullene farm. He was carefully watched by his family but he got away from them this morning and ended his existence."
  • "It's back to the farm for Coach Arthur St. Leger Mosse. The big Jayhawker football mentor packed up his wares in the rear seat of the Winton Six and has departed for his Leavenworth County ranch for the summer. While Mosse has been laboring with Jayhawker athletes, crops have been planted and are growing now on his farm. They will require harvesting and Arthur St. Leger Mosse is going to be there for the harvesting. Crops are looking good and the coach may return next fall in a revised edition of the motor car."
  • "Lawrence will dress up next week in honor of the students of the University who are about to leave the city after four or more years of residence here, and in honor of those who will return to spend a few days at 'Old K.U.' The crimson and blue bunting will be brought forth and store fronts decorated, the Jayhawker parasols which have become so popular as a means of decoration will be used very extensively on the car poles. It is planned to put the city in its very best attire next week.... It has been suggested that autos and pleasure vehicles be decorated for this occasion and it is expected that many will respond to this invitation."


Clint Church 4 years, 9 months ago

Is it just me or were there a lot more deaths back then.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh my gosh yes. Lately when I sit down to read the old newspapers I'm shocked at how many stories are deaths. We had Billie Bob (sniff), then the depressed fellow with partial paralysis who ended up in the river, then the KU football player who drowned, and now this county assessor. I promise I'm not trying to put in only depressing stuff -- that's just the way it is these last few weeks. I'll be putting together the second half of June this weekend and I hope for better, more cheerful news soon!

Sarah St. John 4 years, 9 months ago

(On the other hand, I was slightly cheered by the picnic that was ONLY for people 75 and older. No one else invited. That made me smile.) :-)

Stephanie Hull 4 years, 9 months ago

I have a random question -- why is it 25, 40, and 100 years? Wouldn't 25, 50, and 100 be more logical?

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 9 months ago

No, I don't think so because there are a lot of us who remember 40 years ago very well. The number of people who remember 50 years ago is much smaller.

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