How long did John live after he was attacked?

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In the introduction of the book, it is stated that John Hossack was attacked and badly wounded in the head as he lay asleep in his bed. He passed away about ten hours after the attack in the morning of the following day. On the night of the attack, five...

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In the introduction of the book, it is stated that John Hossack was attacked and badly wounded in the head as he lay asleep in his bed. He passed away about ten hours after the attack in the morning of the following day. On the night of the attack, five of Hossack’s nine children were in the house. He died on the first day of December, 1900.

Hossack was a settler of Scottish ancestry; he purchased his 120-acre farm in Warren County, Iowa, from John and Indiana Hollis in 1867 with the aim of starting and raising a large family in it. Physically, he is described as “a man of modest height, about five feet eight inches tall, strong across the shoulders, and powerfully built.” He was an arrogant man who treated the members of his large family harshly; however, after a major family row, which happened a year before his death, in which his wife was so distressed by his actions that she sought refuge in a neighbor’s house, the family was reconciled by the mediation effort of Hossack’s friends, Johnston and Keller. The two friends advised the children to be respectful of their father to avoid unnecessary rows within the family. In addition, the family was asked to work to resolve their internal disputes privately without the intervention of external parties: “domestic issues were private matters and should be settled without help from outsiders.”

According to reports, Margaret informed her children of the attack a little after midnight, and afterward, neighbors trickled into the Hossack home to help in whatever way they could.

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