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In Years Past

January 20, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, a call for medical assistance sent in from the Beardsley house to Dr. George W. Reynolds of Mayville, was the chief event of interest in the seventh day of the Beardsley siege. This authentic call for help set at rest the rumors that the alleged accident to one of the women in the house, was fake. Reynolds was told that the gunshot wound in her right thigh was beginning to swell and had become very painful. The gunshot wound was said to be the result of an accident. A dense fog shrouded the Beardsley home all the early hours of the day, cutting off both the prying eyes of would-be spectators to whatever was occurring there and the efforts of photographers and moving picture men to get further views of the scene of the siege. The fog afforded an opportunity to escape but at this time it was not thought that any move of this kind had been made by Beardsley. The besieged man seemingly felt too confident that his bulwark of women and children was impregnable to make any effort to get away. This was probably true.



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