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Damages Awarded in Buggy Accident

Aug. 13, 1899, Pepper Tree  

Aug. 13, 1899: A judge awards damages in a buggy accident. J.B. Lankershim had a hired man cut down a large pepper tree on his property on 10th Street (Olympic) near Olive. The man left the fallen tree in the street, and that night it was struck by horses pulling a buggy that carried J.J. Longergan and C.M. Briggs. The frightened horses ran away, throwing Lonergan and Briggs into the street, injuring them seriously. Lonergan was awarded $150 ($3832.35 USD 2008) and Briggs received $200 ($5109.80 USD 2008).
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