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Surnames: GEHMAN, LAPP
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"The Kansas City Times" (Missouri) Wednesday, May 10, 1899
ADVENTURES OF DR. LAPP.
This is a story of a physician, a bicycle and a dog, of how the
physician was trying to get home ahead of a rain storm, how
his wheel was rendering him excellent service and how the dog,
also trying to get home, caused a jamboree that smashed the
wheel, skinned the doctor and disposed of the dog in some
The doctor in the case is Dr. John G. LAPP, assistant city
physician. The bicycle is his own and the dog is unknown.
Sunday night Dr. LAPP was racing home on his bicycle to avoid
the approaching storm. He lives at Twelfth and Forest and was
at Eighteenth and Forest when the first big drops pattered on his
nose. He crowded on more steam and whizzed along the
deserted thoroughfare like mad.
The villain in the shape of an immense dog --- Dr. LAPP's
description makes him four feet high --- was trying to cross
Forest avenue. As the rear wheel of the bicycle passed him the
dog, either out of malice or unintentionally, stuck his nose
between the flying spokes, and for three minutes there was a
combination of man, dog and bicycle in the air that gave the rain
storm an appearance of a cyclone.
Finally, Dr. LAPP skimmed lightly over the asphalt pavement on
his hands and knees for a block or so, and after turning three
back somersaults and standing on his nose, settled back into his
usual quiet life.
In the meantime the dog had gone, either straight up or elsewhere
and patches of dog hair were all that remained to tell the tale.
A good Samaritan in the form of a coal dealer helped patch up the
doctor temporarily, but the assistant city physician moves about
rather gingerly now and displays two knuckles that look more like
deviled ham than anything else.
Additional information from Dr. LAPP's death certificate:
Born: 27 February 1870 - Chalfont, PA
Died: 23 September 1956 - Kansas City, MO (age 86)
Father: Henry LAPP
Mother: Lydia GEHMAN
(I have no connection with this family but I'd appreciate
knowing if you found this posting helpful.)
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