WEEK 40 2021

Breaks Post With His Head

Hulett.—Although he catapulted against an eight-inch fence post with sufficient velocity to snap it off, Rufus Butcher is expected to survive a fracture of the skull, fracture of the arm, and other injuries, including several deep cuts inflicted by barbed wire. Butcher was injured when a horse he was driving ran through a fence. He was shot headforemost from the buggy and struck the post with the top of his head. The thick pine snapped as though struck by a cannonball.

Goshen County Journal (Torrington, WY) Thursday, July 16th, 1914

While a young daughter of Deputy County Clerk John Shahan of Kearney was passing through the kitchen, her dress blew into the flame of a gasoline stove and immediately took fire. She started to run out into the yard, where her sister was watering the lawn and have the stream turned on her, but her mother, not knowing her purpose, caught her and put the fire out with her bare hands. One hand is burned so terribly that it is feared the flesh will come from the bone. The little girl escaped without injury.

Western News-Democrat (Valentine, NE) Thursday, September 1st, 1898


Claus Christiansen, a lad of twelve or thirteen years of age, residing about ten miles west of this place, was found dead by his mother Saturday afternoon. The lad was herding cattle on the canyons for a neighbor and as he failed to return home for dinner as was his custom, a search was soon instituted by his mother and neighbors, which soon culminated in the above result.

It appears that the boy had been hired by August Jaeger, a well-to-do farmer and stockman, to herd his cattle for him, and in doing so was assisted only by his favorite dog. While the cattle would graze the boy and dog were in the habit of hunting through the canyons and hills for coyotes, badgers, rabbits, etc., and it is supposed were doing this when he met his death. When found, only his feet were protruding from a hole into which he had crawled and about which the earth had caved in on him.

It is thought that the dog had run some sort of animal into the hole, when the boy attempted to crawl in and bring it out, and in doing so jarred the earth above which caused it to cave in upon him, either mashing him or smothering him to death.

Harrison Press-Journal (Harrison, NE) Thursday, September 3rd, 1903

Last week E. R. Vandegrift, while driving a four horse wagon, was thrown from it and had his left shoulder badly fractured. The horses made a quick turn and as Mr. Vandegrift went to jump from the wagon he fell. This is the second serious accident Mr. Vandegrift has had within the last year. Last winter a horse fell on his leg and fractured it.

The Valentine Democrat (Valentine, NE) Thursday, October 24, 1901

Henry Lilienthal, who has been working with the North Platte river bridge gang at Bridgeport, was seriously injured Saturday of last week when he fell and one of the twisted wires used to support concrete forms penetrated his body. He was brought to St. Joseph’s hospital.

The Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) Tuesday, January 13th, 1920


Accused of chaining his wife to a bedpost, stripping her almost nude, and beating her severely, William Seals, 33 year old rancher, formerly of Pueblo but now residing near Wheatland was fined $100 and sentenced to six months in jail in justice court in Wheatland Wednesday of last week.

The wife, Ida May Seals, said the mistreatment had followed a long period of bickering. She feared violence from him, and sent her three children to the Homer Hoffman ranch, a distance of two miles, for aid. Seals learned what she had done, she said, and tied her to the bed post. After the beating she managed to free herself by untying six knots in the heavy log chain with her teeth, and went to the Hoffman ranch. She was barefooted at the time and and dragging the six feet of heavy chain which Seals had wrapped twice around her wrists and padlocked tightly.

Sheriff George Wain was summoned and found the woman with the chain still padlocked around her arms. He then took Seals into custody.

The Seals came to Wheatland from Pueblo two weeks ago. They were married at La Salle, Colorado, in 1923. Mrs. Seals before her marriage was Ida May Hoy. She taught school near the Hoffman ranch before she was married. They reside twenty-four miles from Wheatland.

Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, December 25th, 1930

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