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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

An Odessa rancher was out working in his fields when his 3-year-old child ran out to him with this chilling message: “Mama is dead.”

The rancher ran to the house and found his wife collapsed, surrounded by their three other young children. 

Next to her body was a letter, addressed to her husband. She “bade him goodbye and gave instructions to take good care of her children.” She also asked forgiveness and forgave him.

There was no reason given for her actions and no hint of the cause of death. The coroner was investigating the case.

From the flood beat: Water was raging down Canyon Creek at Mace, Idaho, and there was considerable fear that the narrow canyon might flood. Dynamite had already been used to break up a logjam that threatened some houses.

Residents feared that other jams might develop unnoticed in the night. They also feared that children might fall into the torrent, which would immediately carry away “even a strong man.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1804: The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Ill.