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1924: Dendinger hospitalized after mad cow attacks

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A Look Back

July 16, 1904

HARTINGTON — Judge Ready performed his first marriage ceremony yesterday. He wished to call a minister, but the happy couple was inpatient, so he tied the knot in the old fashioned way for them.

July 16, 1914

HARTINGTON — The street in front of the Cedar County Courthouse for a block has been graveled. The city pays for the part along the library site and the county pays for the rest with the exception of Louis Goetz and J.G. Beste who will pay for the frontage on their lots. Five years ago a horse got bogged down on the street in front of the Post Office.

July 16, 1914

HARTINGTON — Peter Becker drove his automobile from Lookout Hill to Fordyce last week in 23.5 minutes, losing a $10 bet that he could make it in just 22 minutes.

July 17, 1924

YANKTON, S.D. — Bridge directors for the Meridian Highway Bridge adopted a tentative schedule of tolls, which calls for pedestrians to pay a dime for the privilege of walking across the river.

July 17, 1924

HARTINGTON — L.A. Nelson has installed a coffee roasting machine in his grocery store this week and is now roasting much of the coffee which he sells.

July 17, 1924

HARTINGTON- Attacked by an infuriated cow last Friday morning, Sylvia Dendinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dendinger, received such painful cuts and bruises that she was taken to the Hartington hospital, where she is still confined by her injuries. On Thursday, the cow had given birth to a calf out in a pasture, and Mrs. Dendinger and Sylvia went out the next morning to bring them into the barn.

Mrs. Dendinger picked the calf up and started away with it. This action seemed to anger the cow, which then attacked Sylvia.

The girl was knocked down by the crazed cow, which refused to let her get up, trampling her severely and bruising her body badly from head to foot.

Sylvia suffered a very painful cut above her knee where she was struck a hard blow by the cow’s hoof.

Mrs. Dendinger came to Sylvia’s aid as soon as she could, but could not drive the cow away. Finally, she placed the calf on top of Sylvia and the cow ceased her attacks upon the girl.

July 17, 1924

HARTINGTON- Readers of Mr. O’Furey’s article on the Democratic convention in the Cedar County News this week can thank the recently established air mail service for it, as the letter containing the article came by air mail, the first letter of its kind to be received by the Hartington post office.

Postage required for this letter was 32 cents, the air mail rate being higher than that of ordinary postage.

The letter was mailed from Cleveland at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and arrived in Hartington on the evening train on Wednesday. It had undoubtedly reached Omaha on the mail plane from the east.