100 Years Ago* As John Poisel and Jacob Bollinger were...


April 23, 1995|By Compiled from the archives of the Historic Society of Carroll County.

100 Years Ago

* As John Poisel and Jacob Bollinger were driving in a cart, toward Carrollton Station, near the milldam, on Wednesday morning, the 11:30 train came along and frightened their horse, which turned around and ran into the dam. Mr. Poisel, who was holding him by the bit, was dragged to the edge of the water, when he let go his hold. Mr. Bollinger was in the cart, and in his efforts to get out, his foot was caught between two of the spokes. The horse continued going further into the dam, until he reached the middle, when Mr. Bollinger got his foot loose and got out of the cart. He then held on to one of the wheels by his hand, but every time the horse made an effort to free himself, it took Mr. Bollinger under the water. The bystanders on the bank seeing that he was becoming very much exhausted threw him some planks, one of which he finally succeeded in getting under his arms, and thus was enabled to keep his head above water. Messrs. F. Friese, Wm. Long, Noah Long and Wm. Blizzard then swam out until they reached the plank, which he had hold of, and pushed it to shore, when the bystanders dragged Mr. Bollinger out in an unconscious condition. He was placed in a wagon and taken to the store of J. E. Evans, where he was stripped, warmed and rubbed thoroughly and dry clothes procured, and before long was able to be removed to his home on the turnpike. Mr. Bollinger, weighing over 200 pounds, was unable to help himself much, and consequently was a heavy weight to handle. The horse and cart were recovered, after having been, in the water nearly two hours. The water is about 15 feet deep. Mr. Bollinger is quite ill from his struggles and exposure in the water, which lasted about an hour. He is attended by Dr. Joseph T. Hering.-- American Sentinel, March 23, 1895.

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