The case of Old Drum

I am more of a cat person, but as an alumni of the University of Central Missouri I know quite a bit about one incredibly special dog. 

During the fall semester of my freshman year I had to take a short course that was supposed to help me succeed in college. 

Our instructor thought it was important to learn about time management and other life skills, but she also wanted us to know more about the rich history of the town we were to call home for the next four years. 

Warrensburg’s unique history involved a famous court case featuring a pooch named Old Drum. 

This black and tan hound dog belonged to Charles Burden. On October 28, 1869, Old Drum was in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Charles’ brother-in-law, Leonidas Hornsby, had property nearby. Hornsby had several sheep killed by dogs and he said the next dog that showed up on his property was going to die. 

Unfortunately, that dog was Old Drum. 

Michelle Turner

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