SKULL AND BONES
Akron Beacon Journal, September 7,
1899 – 1:7
SKULL AND BONES
Of Prehistoric Man Found Near Akron.
Rested In a Cave Through Countless Ages.
Other Relics From Early Dawn of Time.
A discovery that may prove of great scientific value, was made in the quarry
of the Akron White Sand & Stone company, northwest of this city, nearly two
The find consists of a human skeleton and evidence of the wild life of
prehistoric men in this section of the country.
The works had stood idle all summer. Three weeks ago they were put into
operation once more too fill a few straggling orders. A half dozen men were
at work in the quarry, and among them were Vinton and Harry Hardy and Gerald
The work consisted of clearing away the rubbish rock and earth from the sand
stone face to prepare to blast. In doing this the workmen opened a large
crevice in the rock, eight or ten feet below its original surface, and
running northward parallel to the trend of the ledge.
Opened Up a Cave.
The crevice was a mere crack at the surface, but further underneath, it
opened into a cave of no mean proportions. On t he floor of the cave was
found about two feet of black loan and decayed vegetable matter, which
yielded easily to the shovel.
In clearing away this refuse the bones were discovered. There was almost the
entire skeleton of what had evidently been a very large man. The skull was
entire and the lower jaw bone was of such proportions as to fit easily over
the lower jaw of the largest man present. Vertebrae were picked up, ribs and
femurs were found and the large pelvis bone which had been broken in two.
Remains of Animals.
In addition to the remains of the human being, there were found deer
antlers, bear’s claws, many kinds of teeth, remains of foxes and several
lover jaw bones resembling those of the wolf. Pieces of very crude pottery
were scattered about, and nearby a rude mortar and pestle were found.
The bones are kept at the sand works and no provision has yet been made for