Friday, December 11, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 11

December 11, 1916 – Creeping over thin ice on Lake Calhoun, Mrs. Clara Haas, who lives on the west shore of the lake, rescued Mrs. Ebba Robbins, her neighbor, from drowning late today. Mrs. Robbins broke through the ice into deep water while skating.

Mrs. Robbins cries for help reached Mrs. Haas as she worked in the kitchen of her residence. When she reached the lake, Mrs. Haas found a long board. With it she crept out on the ice. Mrs. Robbins grasped it and was pulled from the water. Her clothing was frozen when she reached Mrs. Haas residence.

Mrs. Robbins, who is a good swimmer, said she kept afloat by treading water and clinging to the crumbling ice.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Woman Braves Thin Ice; Rescues Skater. Answers Cry for Help and Pushes Board to Imperiled Person.”; Dec. 12, 1916; p. 1.

Lake Calhoun in winter 1902


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