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100 years ago: KU athlete saves two Baldwin youths from drowning

May 31, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 31, 1913:

  • "Lloyd Bishop, the 'Iron Man' of the Jayhawker pitching staff, yesterday afternoon became a hero of a different variety when he saved the lives of two Baldwin boys who came near drowning in the Kaw River about a mile west of Lawrence. The rescued boys were up river yesterday afternoon, as was a large share of the city's younger population. They struck a bar with their boat and got out to push it over. Suddenly they fell into one of the treacherous step-offs in the Kaw and were threatened with death from drowning. They called for help as they sank beneath the water. A crowd of K.U. boys had heard the calls of the imperiled youths. Bishop swam out to where the accident had occurred and catching the two boys held them up until some of his companions arrived in a boat and took the three aboard. By this time Bishop was almost exhausted, but he soon recovered. The other two were soon revived and sent on their way. In addition to being a baseball slabster of considerable class Bishop is somewhat of a swimmer and these two Baldwin boys owe their lives to his prowess along this latter line."
  • "Escorted by the soldiery of the present day the Veterans of 1861-65 marched down Massachusetts street yesterday afternoon. It was a thin, wavering line of men marching with slow steps but with heads erect and as soldierly as the weight of their years would permit.... Fifty or more of the veterans were in line. The Sons of Veterans, Ladies of the G.A.R., and the Women's Relief Corps followed. The two battalions of Haskell Indians completed the procession."
  • "The body of a man believed to be Theodore A. Zahner was found this afternoon at 3:30 in the flume at the Bowersock Mill. The man wore a heavy beard and otherwise answered the description of the lost man. The body was partially submerged in the water floating face upward. It had passed through the flood gates and was lodged against the 'racks' when discovered. The coroner and other authorities and relatives were summoned."

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