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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Well-Known North Pelham Farmer Patrick Walsh Killed by a Bull in 1900

It is difficult to imagine any part of today's Pelham as rolling countryside dotted with dairy farms.  Barely 100 years ago, however, that is precisely how parts of the town looked.  Farms, including dairy farms, dotted the countryside.

In 1900, an oddly horrible death befell Patrick Walsh, a North Pelham dairy farmer who was killed by one of his bulls.  I have written before about this tragic incident.  See Tue., February 12, 2008:  He Fought the Bull and the Bull Won:  Mad Bull Killed North Pelham Farmer in 1900

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes the text of another extensive article about the event.

"Killed by a Bull.

Patrick Walsh, aged sixty-eight years, a resident of North Pelham, and well-known in this city, was killed by a bull on his farm at North Pelham on Thursday afternoon [July 12, 1900]. 

Mr. Walsh with his sons conducted a small farm and dairy, supply residents of Pelham Manor, North Pelham and New Rochelle with their products.

Thursday morning while going out on the farm he was attacked by the bull.  He escaped from the animal without being injured and at noon returned to his home.

In the afternoon, as was his usual custom, he went out to drive the cattle back to the barn.  He had started the cows into the lane, when the bull made another attack upon him, this time inflicting injuries which resulted in his death.

The cows returned alone, and, after waiting a short time for Mr. Walsh to appear, his sons went in search of him.  They found him lying in the field in an unconscious condition.  He was carried to his home and medical aid summoned, but before assistance arrived he was dead.

Coroner Banning was notified and held an inquest.

Deceased was born in Ireland and had been a resident of this country for fifty years.  At one time he resided with his family in the old Jessup Place just below what is now known as Sycamore Park.  He was a sturdy Irishman and had many friends.  He leaves a widow and five children.  His funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon from his late residence.  The interment will be made in the family plot in the old Catholic Cemetery on Drake avenue."

Source:  Killed by a Bull, New Rochelle Pioneer, Jul. 14, 1900, p. 1, col. 5.

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