They Were Tough in Them There Days

I ran across this article in a copy of The Clare Sentinel that was written sometime around 1894.  It’s one of those stories that I’d love to know what happened beforehand to spark the incident, and what happened afterward.  However, it does show just how tough men were back then.  Or maybe just plain lucky.

 Saturday evening about 8:30 o’ clock, Rosa Smith, an inmate of a dance house at Meredith, deliberately shot Benjamin Villeneuve while he was passing along Main street.  She was at once arrested and committed to the county jail.  The bullet struck Villeneuve in the mouth and knocked out three teeth but did no further damage otherwise than to scare him and the crowd, but it was probably a love affair.

(Note: The article is posted as it appeared in the newspaper, complete with grammatical errors.)

Categories: Clare County, History, Life, logging, Michigan | Tags: , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “They Were Tough in Them There Days

  1. dead rabbit

    I just bought a singe wide on a slab on 7 acres in the Village of Lake just for the hell of it. Bow hunt…shoot my guns….get away from Detroit…fish. See the stars. Really enjoying your blog.

    • Welcome to the area. I am in the Westland area and bought up there for many of the same reasons. Have learned to love the area, the people and the history. Enjoy and thanks for your kind words.

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