Kansas pioneers faced many unique accidents as well as those common to all areas of the country.  These are a few of the stories of our residents whose accidents were recorded in the newspapers of the day.

 

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Richard Asten

KANSAS CITY - On Thursday evening, June 11, 1998, Police Sergeant Richard J. Asten was killed when he was struck by a stolen vehicle being pursued by another officer. Asten was on duty in northwest Kansas City when he learned of the pursuit and realized that the...

Arthur Sammons Killed By Train

Car Hit By Train, Mail Carrier Killed BURRTON, KS -  December 28 - A 73-year-old substitute mail carrier was killed today when his car slipped off the railroad station platform in Burrton and was struck by a passenger train. He was Arthur James Sammons, a retired...

A Balky, Unruly Mule

WAMEGO, KS - Dr. A.N. Ruby is nursing a broken left arm. He sustained the break while attempting to treat a balky mule. He was standing on the Manger rail and accidentally fell when the mule became unruly.  The Wamego Reporter, Wamego, Kansas.  May 23, 1940.  (c)...

Cadet Ray Rowe Victim of Army Plane Crash

Cadet Ray Rowe and Pal Killed Newton Youth Is Victim of Army Plane Crash Near Kelly Field Son of S. C. Rowe Instantly Killed When Big Bomber Fell - Will Be Brought Home NEWTON, KS - Associated Press dispatches from San Antonio, telling the shocking news of the...

5 Burn To Death

Augusta Man and 3 Children Are Trapped by Flames AUGUSTA, KS -  Jan. 7 - A father and three children were burned to death, the mother is lying at the point of death in a local hospital, and two other children escaped without injury early this morning when the...

Lawrence Latimer Eats Spit Devil & Dies

KANSAS CITY - Lawrence Lee Latimer, 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Harvey Latimer, died here last night from the effects of eating a "spit devil," an explosive substance used in Fourth of July celebration. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas. Friday, July 5, 1924. Page...