Little Rock, AR Bear Attack, Sept 1852


A boy named Alden S. Rose, was killed by a bear, some 12 or 15 miles south of Little Rock, Arkansas, early in August. He was sent to a corn field some distance from the house, for roasting ears. Not returning as soon as expected, his brother and wife mounted their horses and went in the direction he had gone, to look for him. Arriving at the field, an enormous he bear suddenly issued from an adjoining thicket, and made directly toward them, which frightened the horse the woman was riding and threw her off. Her husband succeeded in getting her up on the horse he was riding, when they escaped the furious beast. The following morning the mutilated remains of the unfortunate lad were found, partly eaten up by the bear.

Barre Gazette, Barre, MA 10 Sept 1852


A look back: Death of a

A look back: Death of a teenager
Editor's Note: In honor of the 250th anniversary of Sussex County, which was established in 1753, The New Jersey Herald will be printing a historic detail each day through the end of the year.

More than 150 years ago, a teenage boy fell victim to a black bear. Alden S. Rose, 16, who lived with his brother's family about 15 miles northeast of Newton, was sent to a corn field some distance from the house to retrieve roasting ears. However, when the youth did not return in as timely a fashion as expected, the family became uneasy. His brother and sister-in-law mounted horses at the end of the day and went in the same direction the youth had gone. Upon arriving at the field, they found a portion of the corn considerably broken and trampled down. When examining the trampled area of the field, a large black bear suddenly emerged from an adjoining thicket and headed straight for the couple. The woman's horse was frightened by the fast-approaching black bear and bucked its rider off.

However, her husband managed to pull the woman onto his horse and they rode away from the area. Several neighbors gathered together the next morning and went out to the same field. There, they found the remains of Alden S. Rose, who was partially eaten by the bear. A hunting party was organized, but the aggressive bear was not found.

Source: The New Jersey Herald, Sept. 11, 1852. edition.