Chadwick and Cook’s Crazy Buggy Ride, Iowa, during 1874

May 7, 1874 (Anamosa Eureka, 3rd page)

DEMORALIZED.–Yesterday morning Mr. J. R. Cook, our artistic sign-painter, started out in the country for a fat job, and while riding along in Mr. David Chadwick’s handsome buggy the horse got frightened at a load of hogs, shied off suddenly and turned Mr. Cook and a boy named Dean out to grass.–Mr. Cook and the boy were heading in the direction of Wyoming, that is, before they disembarked so hastily. The horse, which was also Mr. Chadwick’s, then struck into a furious gallop and, as if to make the event more varied and interesting, took a complete turn in a lane and went right on again as before, only the wheels were in the air and the dashboard, buggy-seat, end and sides of the bed were swept off about as clean as a flat-boat bottom. The horse finally broke loose from the buggy and ran a mile or so farther but was at last captured. The occupants of the buggy were bruised a little and thirty or forty dollars will pay the damage to the buggy.


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