From the Oct. 4,
1934, edition of the Chesterton Tribune:
“Bitten on the hand
by a rattlesnake while cutting weeds in Indiana Dunes State Park, George
Marietta, a CCC man in the State Park company, is recovering today at Fort
Benjamin Harrison Hospital, Indianapolis.
cutting weeds with a scythe in a swamp last Thursday. The scythe stuck and
when he put down his hand to loosen it the rattler struck without warning.
He was given first aid and then taken to the government hospital for more
“The swamps north
of here have been the natural home of rattlesnakes for years. When the
Public Service company put through their so-called ‘high line’ a few years
back there were many rattlesnakes killed by the construction crew. They do
not get out of the swamps, as a rule, and they do not strike at people
unless they are disturbed.
“Henry Greening was
telling yesterday of the rattlesnake hunt at Burdick about forty years ago,
when a swamp less than an acre in size was set afire, after furrows had been
plowed around it. Over forty rattlesnakes were killed, and many escaped or
were roasted in the flames.”