W.H. Kain, for some time a resident of El Dorado, was drowned in the West Branch of Whitewater last Thursday.  It seems that he was on his way to Newton to buy some property there.  He had a span of mules hitched to a spring wagon and succeeded in getting over the stream, but jumped into the creek to rescue a buffalo robe that had floated out of his wagon and was carried into deep water and thus lost his life.  Several persons in the neighborhood did not arrive in time to render him any assistance.  On receipt of the news in town several parties went to Whitewater and after considerable search succeeded in recovering the body which was brought to town.  A post-mortem examination was held by Coroner McKinney and jury on Saturday.  The verdict was in accordance with the above facts.  The deceased was middle aged, dark complectioned, and claimed to be Spanish and Indian; was a native of New York, but resided in Cincinnati for some years, where he now has an unmarried daughter.  But little was known here of his antecedents.  He was a barber, and a good one too; was industrious, frugal, and had the faculty of attending to his own affairs.  At his death he owned a good shop in El Dorado, a residence, several town lots, a pair of mules and wagon, some money, and considerable other property of more or less value.  Mr. Kain was looked upon here as an honest, honorable citizen and all were truly sorry to hear of his untimely end.  The Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Kansas.  Friday, June 9, 1871.  Page 3.  © Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Harvey County Genealogical Society.

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