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Murdered - Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Drake and 2 grandchildren - 26 May 1888

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Murdered - Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Drake and 2 grandchildren - 26 May 1888

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Classification: Death
Article from the Abilene Daily Reflector, Abilene, Kansas, 26 May 1888 reads...


Viroqua, Wisconsin, May 26 - In the town of Kickapoo, near here, last night, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Drake, an old couple, were shot dead in their own house by unknown parties and the throats of their two little grandchildren were cut from ear to ear. The lifeless bodies were found this morning when neighbors made an investigation because of unusual quiet about the house. The old couple lay on the floor and the children were stretched in their beds. Everything was turned upside down inside the house and it is supposed that the murder was the result of an attempt at robbery, as the old man had been known to receive pension money and it is supposed the robbers were in quest of this. As Mr. and Mrs. Drake were fully dressed it is supposed the murder occurred early in the evening, The neighborhood is greatly excited, but there is no clew to the perpetrators. It is not known how much booty was secured from the house, but the officers who inspected the premises found that the house had been thoroughly ransacked, drawers overturned on the floors and everything left in great disorder. The murderers probably demanded Drake's hiding place shot him and then his wife. The children, awakened by the noise, then had their throats cut to make the murderers' escape more certain.

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