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A Violent Death

The suddenly fatal blow of a swiftly moving interurban orphaned two young Jackson girls last night when it snuffed out the life of the mother, barely in her prime.  Mrs. Jennie Burdick, age 43, West Wesley Street, Jackson, was killed about 5:50 last evening by Grass Lake—Jackson Interurban No. 44. Motorman J. Champlin and Conductor Tyrell were in charge of the car which is due in Jackson at 6 o’clock.

No blame is attached to anyone, Coroner Tibbetts deciding Mrs. Burdick’s death was purely accidental. No inquest will be held.

The woman had been working at the Thomas Falahee home east of Jackson. It was raining last night as she waited for the car to bring her to this city. Her umbrella was raised. The motorman declares he did not see her until within ten feet when he observed her stoop as though to pick up the basket she had. The position brought her head in front of the car. She was struck in the right temple and it is believed killed instantly. The motorman was the only witness.

At first it was thought Mrs. Burdick was merely injured. The Johnson & Gildersleeve ambulance made a run to the scene and it was then it was learned the woman was dead. Sheriff Davis and Coroner Tibbetts were summoned. The body was removed to the Johnson & Gildersleeve undertaking rooms.

The case of the orphaned girls is pathetic. They were cared for last night at the home of an uncle in Leoni but will soon, at their tender years, be forced to face the world alone except for each other. Cora is 15 years of age and is even now preparing herself for the livelihood struggle. She is attending the Jackson Business university, getting ready to be the head of her family of one—her sister, aged 12 years. Both were frantic when the news of the mother’s passing reached them. They are meeting the situation bravely, however.

Mr. Burdick met a violent death about one year ago when he was killed in a hay chute in a barn on a Leoni farm.

Hen House Advice

     Straw is too valuable an asset on any farm to burn. Particularly is it appreciated in the hen house. Use it on the floors, along the walls and overhead. Make the hen house a home for the hens and make it comfortable. Use straw for a loft and the house will be dry. One-inch mesh wire or 1-by-4 boards laid over the rafters and placed about two inches apart will furnish good support. Along the walls, wire serves this purpose very nicely. Lath or burlap bags stretched tightly over studding may also be used.

Always provide the house with a deep litter of straw. It serves as a warm carpet and keeps the birds’ feet off the cold floor. A vent placed in the roof over a straw loft will aid in promoting good ventilation and help keep the house dry.

    (Linda Note:  I have been including several briefs on raising chickens in the 100 Years Ago as I notice that many locals are raising chickens, perhaps for the first time. I hope these tips from the past will help you. Also, if you need straw, the Lockwood farm on Lee Road has straw for sale!)

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