This week in Summit County history: Rabid coyotes attack a family |

This week in Summit County history: Rabid coyotes attack a family

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in History
Portrait of Agnes Finding, daughter of Charles A. and Martha (Silverthorn) Finding. Date unknown.
From the Agnes Miner Collection, Donated by the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Club, Courtesy of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archive |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, 1916.

Reno, Nev.—George Dugan, who returned recently from his ranch at Hot Creek, tells of a raid by three rabid coyotes at the ranch of L.L. Wattie, 12 miles above Hot Creek.

Mrs. Belle Boston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wattle, was visiting the ranch with her two children, when three coyotes arrived.

They bit all the animals they could reach and attacked the children, who were playing some distance from the house.

Mrs. Boston took the little ones in the house, the coyotes followed, and attempted to get in through the screen door. Mrs. Boston grabbed a pump gun and fired several shots through the window, killing one of the animals, when the remaining two decamped. The coyote that was shot, it was found, had his jaw covered with foam and blood.

Auto falls thirty feet

Lawrenceburg, Mo.—A cow in the middle of the road at the foot of the state line road hill, near this city, sent an automobile driven by Miss Grace E. Drewers 30 feet down an embankment, snapping off a telephone pole, smashing down a fence and finally crashing into a tree, where the car was turned on its side.

Miss Drewers and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. MicKinley Drewers of Farmer City, Ill., occupants of the car, were only slightly hurt.

When the machine struck the cow the animal was thrown down the bank against the fence, and as the car crashed into the fence it struck the cow a second time, throwing her 30 feet into a creek.

Thrown from carriage when wheel breaks

Mrs J.W. Ayers was painfully injured Sunday last when she was thrown from a carriage in which she, Mr. Ayers, their son Albert and Mrs. Rule were riding, when a wheel collapsed.

The accident occurred near the Jessie mine. All occupants of the rig were thrown out and more or less bruised. Mrs. Ayers suffering an injury to her back which may necessitate taking her to Denver for special treatment.

Fire at Denver hotel

A slight blaze at the Denver hotel Saturday evening was sufficient to call out the fire department and attract a large crowd of spectators. The fire was discovered in a front room on the second floor, having caught from the stovepipe leading from the office. It was soon extinguished and little damage was done.

Shipwrecked twice on honeymoon

Shipwrecked twice on her honeymoon trip in Alaskan waters and each time rescued is the experience of Mrs. Karl Winchell, a Denver June bride of this year, formerly Miss Mildred Morgan.

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