MRS. M.G. BRAINARD
STATE HERALD, Holyoke, Phillips, Colorado
William R. Davis, Editor & Publisher
21 Mar 1890, Friday, Vol. III - No. 29
DEATH OF MRS. M.G. BRAINARD
One of the most shocking deaths that it has ever been our portion to chronicle occurred near Amherst in this county on Friday of last week.
Shortly after noon Mrs. Brainard, who resided some three miles northwest of Amherst, started for that village unaccompanied, her husband remaining at home. But when a short distance from home, the team became unmanageable and starting on a run, threw Mrs. Brainard in front of the wagon and one of her limbs became caught between the spring and step, and in this condition she was carried at full speed a distance of six miles over the prairie. Mr. Brainard seeing the team start to run and his wife fall from the wagon, mounted a horse and followed in pursuit.
At Amherst the team made several circles in a stubble field tearing the clothing from Mrs. Brainard’s person and the hair from her head. They next started in the direction of Holyoke, following along the B & M road.
When about one and one half miles this side of Amherst, section boss Burns attempted to catch the team but failed. So rapid was the speed at which the team was moving that Mr. Burns mistook the lifeless form beneath the wagon for a dressed hog.
At Evan’s crossing,on the range line, the team was caught by Mr. E.L. Fair.. Looking in the direction from which the team came Mr. Fair noticed a man approaching on horseback, who, when within about one hundred yards of the wagon dismounted and loosed his horse and after walking a short distance toward the wagon fainted and fell to the ground. This proved to be the husband of the unfortunate lady whose form,mangled and torn, was yet hanging beneath the wagon.
Regaining consciousness, at the earnest solicitation of Mr. Fair, Mr. Brainard, wild with grief, came forward and held the team while his wife’s body was loosed from the wagon and tenderly cared for.
The remains of Mrs. Brainard were bourn to Fishers cemetery on Sunday last, accompanied by a large concourse of friends, and there consigned to mother earth.
Mr. and Mrs. Brainard were among the first settlers of Phillips County where they had made for themselves a comfortable home and numberless friends.
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