(as recalled by
Herman J. Gerwing)
a boy, in the 1890’s Pa
attended a small country school near Pierz Minnesota USA. He
often told us about a close call he had one day at school.
teacher traveled to school each day by horse and buggy.
Watering the teacher’s horse was a noon hour task that
the students took turns at. The water source was a
nearby creek. Since carrying water was difficult for the
young students, the horse was normally led to the creek
hot day it was Pa’s turn to provide the horse with its noon
hour refreshment. Pa thought he would enjoy a quick bit of
wading in the cool water while the horse drank. So, he tied the
horse’s lead rope around his waist & stepped into the
stream. Unfortunately, something caused the horse to become
frightened and it bolted. Pa was dragged by the galloping horse.
He suffered some fairly serious injuries, but survived them,
gaining a valuable lesson in horsemanship.
* Joseph Gerwing senior is referred to as Pa
Please email me if you know the name of this school