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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

1867: Beware Bulls in Richland County

James W Jennings was born December 9, 1867, to William and Martha Tucker Jennings. While working on the Arthur Lempke farm in lower Madison township, Richland County, Illinois, James was gored to death by an enraged bull. Lempke was not at home but his children saw the beast attack Jennings in the barn lot. The bull would not allow the badly gored body to be removed until several men arrived to drive the beast away. At the time of his death James was married to his third wife, Lyda Jennings. He died January 2, 1931 and was buried at Ridgley Cemetery where his first wife, Eliza Jane Ridgley and 9-month-old son, Ralph are buried.

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