1908 - FREEZES WITH HELP IN SIGHT - Terrible Experience of Man Fastened in Snow.
Kemptville, Ont. - A sad occurrence is reported from Osgoode Township, Carleton county, as a result of the recent storm and severe cold snap, during which Thomas Crawford of Reid's Mills had his feet frozen solid to the ankles and his fingers frozen to the knuckles.
Mr. Crawford left the home of his son Willie on Wednesday for Greeley. He then started home, going by way of North Gower, Kars and Osgoode. About three miles south of Osgoode Village, at a turn in the road leading to Reid's Mills, his horse got down in the snow. Mr. Crawford unhitched his horse and tried to get to William Hicks' house, which was only about 30 rods away, but found he was unable to reach it, so he left the horse at the fence and returned to the cutter.
This was about 4 o'clock Saturday evening, and a fierce storm was blowing. Mr. Crawford lay down beside the cutter, and there remained until Monday morning at 9 o'clock, when Messrs James Moses and William Hicks found him. They had started to open roads on Monday, after the storm, and seeing the horse and cutter ahead, hurried to investigate.
They took the unfortunate man to Mr. Hicks, and did all in their power to relieve his sufferings. Dr. Ruby of Kars was summoned and it is not known at time of writing whether the feet will have to be amputated or not. A small piece of bush between Mr. Hicks' house and the road kept Mr. Crawford from being seen.
The Wichita Daily Eagle
February 14, 1908
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