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25 years ago: Local man trapped in Clinton Lake outhouse pit

August 4, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for August 4, 1989:

A rural Lawrence man found himself in a messy predicament overnight when he was caught in the pit of an outhouse at Clinton Lake for nearly eight hours. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson reported that the man had entered the outdoor privy shortly before 11 p.m. While he was using the facilities, more than $200 cash had fallen out of his pocket and through the hole in the concrete commode. Anderson said the man had first removed his shoes and socks and attempted to reach the money with his toes, but he had lost his grip and fallen. Dave Rhoades, park manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake, said the pit was six to seven feet deep and was designed to hold 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of refuse. Currently, Rhoades said, the pit was three-fourths full, yielding an estimated four-foot depth of waste. The man, who was 5 feet 8 inches tall, had been able to get a grip on the hole but couldn't pull himself up. Finally, just before 6 a.m., a passerby heard him yelling for help and called authorities, who arrived ten minutes later to begin extricating the man. A spokesman for the rescue service said the man didn't appear to be injured but had been suffering from acute embarrassment. "I think he just wanted to get away from there," Sheriff Anderson said. To add insult to injury, the man's money was never recovered.


peter brady 3 years, 7 months ago

I imagine the dread Buffalo Bob has felt waiting for Sarah to unearth the silver anniversary of his outhouse dunking was pretty heavy. Congrats!

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