|We are in receipt of a letter from across Salmon river
regarding the death of Robert Rickman, who was killed there recently by
being dragged by a horse, and the particulars are even more touching
than as first reported.
The deceased was 48 years old when he died and had a son about 19
years old. About two years ago he went back to Kentucky and
married a woman with two children, a boy of 12 and a girl of 8.
They got along nicely and were living very happily when the sad accident
On that day Mr. Rickman went to the pasture with his stepson to catch
a horse and laughingly said he would wrap the rope around his arm to
hold it. When the horse was caught it started to run and the man's
brains were knocked out on the rocks before the horse got loose.
Mrs. Rickman sent the boy for help and the neighbors later brought the
body to the house. The next day some rough boards were packed in
on a horse and a rough coffin made, in which the remains were laid to
rest on the place where the man had lived so many years. A few
verses were read from the bible and a son sung by the friends present
and with these simple and kindly ceremonies the deceased was laid to
rest, it being impossible to cross the river and bring the body out for
Mrs. Rickman contemplates moving the remains to Kentucky this fall
for final internment.