1910: Auto accident at fairground


September 22, 1910
Seriously Injured by Automobile – Mesdames Luke and George Baird Run Over by Machine. Thursday morning at the state fairgrounds occurred the only serious accident of the week, when Mrs. Luke Baird and Mrs. Geo. Baird, who live seven miles south of Iroquois, were knocked down and run over by an automobile as they were standing, in company with their husbands and other relatives, in front of the ticket office just outside the gates. A young man by the name of Callahan, from north of Artesian, was driving a Ford car which he had recently purchased, and instead of turning to the right as he approached the grounds, steered his machine to the left and proceeded slowly through the crowds near the ticket office. In an attempting to stop the machine, which was moving very slowly, the driver pushed the wrong pedal and the car jumped into the crowd. Mrs. Luke Baird was thrown down and the machine passed over her chest, bruising and crushing her chest and ribs. Mrs. Geo. Baird was dragged some distance and the wheels ran over her abdomen. The latter sustained internal injuries. Major Bentley, of the emergency hospital, was on the spot almost instantly and the ladies were given immediate medical aid and afterwards taken to a hospital in the city. Both were seriously injured but are slowly recovering and fortunately the accident will have no fatal results following it. Mr. Callahan was sincere in his protestations of regret over the unfortunate occurrence and ordered the best of medical care given to the ladies and offered to pay all bills. It was an unavoidable accident, much to the regretted, but no blame could be attached to Callahan unless it be the criticism that he should not have attempted to run a car with which he was unfamiliar in such a crowd as there was in Huron on Thursday.

September 25, 1930:
A fire that broke out in the dwelling house occupied by the Guy Skinner family about 5 o’clock Saturday morning was quickly subdued when the fire company arrived on the scene and turned on the water. The flames were burning through the roof when discovered and had evidently started near the floor close to a partition. There were no fires in the house and no electric wires and the origin of the fire is unknown. Mrs. Skinner and young daughter were awakened by the smoke and rushed to a neighbor’s home, the latter telephoning to the central office where the alarm was turned in. The absence of wind made it easy to control the flames. The loss was about $150 to the building and $75 on furniture.

September 21, 1950:
Farmers’ Union Rally. Tuesday evening, September 26, Manchester and Iroquois Farmers’ Union Local No. 1079, will hold a special Radio Rally at the Manchester hall, starting at eight o’clock. Upwards of 500 locals in South Dakota will meet at that time to launch a coordinated drive for a membership goal of 25,000 farm families in South Dakota. A simultaneous broadcast over the South Dakota network 9:30 to 10:00 p.m., and over WNAX at 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. will bring you a half hour message from your State President and State Directors. A snappy program of entertainment and lunch has also been planned. Everybody invited. Tell your friends.


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