Thursday, August 17, 2006

Saved from suicide

No one knows her name or the reason behind her actions.

On Saturday, July 7, 1917, a 19-year-old walked inside Kipling's drugstore at Houston and Washington avenue, the Houston Press reported.

That night, the "pretty girl...asked for a bottle of strychnine, saying that she wanted it to kill a dog."

The clerk found a bottle and gave it to her. The woman took a seat at the fountain and asked the clerk for a soda. He fixed her a drink, and then he left her to tend to some other matters in the store.

"A few minutes later, he heard her groaning and found her unconscious near the soda fountain. She had placed the poison in the soda and drunk it," the paper reported.

The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital and given antidotes.

"She was later taken to her home in Cottage Grove," the paper concluded.

Any ideas where Cottage Grove was located would be helpful.

4 Comments:

At 2:32 PM, Blogger TX Runner Girl said...

Interesting. I know there's an area called Cottage Grove close to TC Jester north of I-10. A lot of the older homes have been demolished to make way for condos.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Hmmm...I guess that might be it then! I couldn't find any other reference to Cottage Grove. Thanks!

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger David said...

Cottage Grove was a subdivision created in 1910. The original section was 105 acres and had as the western boundry Reinerman Street, the southern boundry was the Railroad track or Allen Street, the western boundry would now be TC Jester, and the northern boundry Egbert Street.

 
At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived on Kansas Street in Cottage Grove from 1963-1966. I started kindergarten at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, which I just sadly learned was closed in 2011, despite being an "Exemplary" campus. Does anyone know the names of businesses that would have been open during that period? My mother walked me to school and back and many afternoons, we stopped in at a café close to campus to have a Coke and play a few Beatles tunes on the jukebox. There was also a small independent grocery, where we had a line of credit (imagine that!). I'd appreciate any input.

 

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