Aug 16 1901 Springfield Sheriff's wife killed by bulldog

Mrs. M. A. Baxter, Relief Corps Chief, Dying at Illinois Home

Springfield - Mrs. Martha A. Baxter, wife of former Sheriff Baxter and state president of the Women's Relief corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, is dying at her home in Pawnee from injuries received in an attack by a bull dog.

Mrs. Baxter received her injuries in a heroic attempt to protect a 10-year-old boy.  Accompanied by the lad, she entered a neighbor's yard last Friday to call on a sick friend.  The dog made a rush for the boy and Mrs. Baxter drew the child aside and exposed herself to the brute.  She was knocked down and bitten in a frightful manner.  She would probably have been killed on the spot but for the interference of a villager who was attracted by her screams and choked off the infuriated brute.


Read more:
Quincy Daily Journal, Aug. 12, 1901, p. 3
Quincy Daily Journal, Aug 15, 1901, p. 3
Quincy Daily Whig, Aug 16, 1901, p. 2