100 years ago
april 26, 1917
We learn that the flood loss sustained by Lee Bowers, who farms the L.E. Riggs place at Elk, was even heavier than reported last week. Mr. Bowers lost eighteen head of cattle, all of his Duroc hogs, his implements and vehicles and also a building or two. He figures that his loss will not be less than twenty-five hundred dollars.
W.H. Carpenter received word yesterday from Randolph that he had just taken his first examination for enlistment in the army and believed that he had gotten through all right. He expects to go into the training camp as soon as he is accepted. Another of Marion’s splendid young fellows who have answered the country’s call.
Mrs. Fred Collett and son and daughter, Henry and Dorothy, were over from Elk Monday to visit her mother, Mrs. Lucy A. Phillips.
Statements made by the train men who were in charge of the Rock Island train that was in the midst of the cloudburst between here and Antelope last week, and was hung up at Antelope for twelve hours, with the track gone in front and behind, indicate that a horrible tragedy was averted by the narrowest margin. Had the train gone into the ditch there is little chance that any person on the train would have escaped.
Charles Curtis is here from K.U. to-day and contemplates enlisting in the army medical service. Another one of Marion’s splendid contributions to the great cause.