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100 years ago: Rabbit’s hole proves fatal

A young rabbit hunter found more than his wounded quarry when he reached down a hole. (Spokesman-Review archives)
A young rabbit hunter found more than his wounded quarry when he reached down a hole. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Emil Fress Jr. was out hunting rabbits near his home in Krupp, Washington, north of Moses Lake.

A wounded rabbit disappeared down a hole, and Emil put his hand down the hole to drag itout.

Then he felt the sting of a rattlesnake bite. He ran 2 miles to his home, where his parents tried to suck out the venom.

They also applied a tourniquet to his wrist. A doctor was summoned to the home, and he determined the boy’s conditions was serious enough to require hospitalization.

He was brought to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, where doctors worked on him in vain. He died the next day.

From the accident beat: An auto loaded with drunken occupants created havoc at Broadway Avenue and Ash Street.

The driver unsuccessfully negotiated the corner and the car careened over the sidewalk and into the front of a vacant storeroom.

The panicked driver backed out, right into a Washington Water Power streetcar.

When police arrived, they found the driver at the wheel and three passengers, all drunk and fast asleep.

“The slumber of the three passengers had not been disturbed by either collision, nor was anyone hurt, although all were showered with glass from a broken windshield,” said The Spokesman-Review.

One of the passengers was so drunk, he had to be rolled out of the car. The driver was charged with driving while drunk, and the passengers were charged with drunkenness.

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