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Nine-Year-Old Struck By Lightning


Dr. Hershman, one of the leading surgeons of Alliance died suddenly on Monday of this week. He was treating a patient with the x-ray machine and apparently received a shock himself which caused his death. The machine carried only 110 volts.

The Torrington Telegram (Torrington, WY) December 30th, 1920


The county jail is filled with prisoners and the next session of the district court on the 28th inst, will be a long and tedious one. It has been rumored that Jim Reynolds, who murdered the Pinkstons on Pumpkin Creek, has made a full confession of the crime. His attorney, W.C. Reilly, has gone to Missouri for the purpose of taking depositions and will try the insanity dodge in his client’s case. The day is passed in this county when murderers will be turned loose to prey upon the community.

The Kimball Observer (Kimball, NE) December 18th, 1885


The ten months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Zern living on the Andrew Johnson place met with what proved to be a fatal accident last Saturday. We understand the parents were shucking corn and had the babe placed in the wagon when in some manner the little one fell to the ground, the wagon passing over its head and crushing the skull. The injured one was brought to the hospital and every aid that human skill could devise was rendered but to no avail, the little one passing away this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Zern have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in this, their sad loss.

Mr. and Mrs. Bellinger, of Shelby Neb. parents of Mrs. Zern, and Mr. and Mrs. Zern from Illinois, parents of the father of the child, came here in response to word of the accident.

The Bushnell Record (Bushnell, NE) December 2nd, 1920


On a farm west of Hartington last Thursday occurred something that does not often happen that way. A storm was coming up and a boy about nine went out to throw the windmill out of gear. The lightning struck the mill, ran down the steel post, struck the boy in the back of the head, ran down his back and down one leg into the ground. It tore his clothes and shoe wide open but did not hurt the boy. —-Dixon Herald

The Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) July 18th, 1902


1930

E.M. Tubbs of Irvine, eastern Wyoming, is confined to his bed from injuries received when a gang of masked men tied him to a fence post and lashed him with whips for alleged mistreatment to his family. The victim’s flesh was badly lacerated, it is reported. An 11 year old stepson of Tubbs recently underwent an operation at a Douglas hospital for the amputation of both feet, said to have been frozen when he left home on one of the coldest nights of the winter after being threatened by Tubbs. This charge, it is believed, resulted in the horse whipping given Tubbs.

The Torrington Telegram (Torrington, WY) February 23rd, 1922


U.S. MAIL CLERKS TOLD THEY MAY “SHOOT TO KILL”

A command “to shoot to kill” was sent out Monday by the post office department to its army of 22,500 railway mail clerks to protect from bandits even at the cost of their own lives, the million dollars worth of valuables handles (sic) daily in the mails.

The command, which applies to thousands of other postal employees, also constitutes a warning to the underworld that the postal service means war and anyone attempting to rob the mails may expect a cold lead reception and no mercy.

In issuing the command it also was indicated that if this means of protection should fail, the United States marines again might be called to guard the mails as they did late in 1921 when banditry was prevalent.

This drastic move was determined on by Postmaster New at a council of war with his assistants as a result of the recent holdup near Chicago in which bandits stole 135 thousand dollars in currency.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) October 30th, 1926


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