|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/12/1895.
Fred Gibs, Reese Blizzards driver, had a hair lifting experience in
the river last Wednesday. He undertook to drive the young horse,
"Blue Dick," across the river in a cart, but it turned out that the
was too deep to wade and a few feet from shore the colt began to
and swim. It being in a swift current the horse, cart and man
rapidly drifted down stream where the banks of the river on either
were so high and steep that to get out, if the shore was reached, was
impossible. After fighting the water for quite a distance,
up and sometimes down, the trio finally found a spot where they could
bottom, but it was so miry that the horse had to be held up.
Gibs could not do and get him lose from the cart. Levi Pettit
to be in sight at the time he started in the river and as soon as
came to his assistance. By means of a boat they swam the horse
to the other shore and made a road by which he was gotten out and the
was boated back to the road. The fact that the horse and driver
not both get drowned was the merest accident and due, solely to Gibs
The horse had one hind leg over a shaft and was tightly reigned.