Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Delong, Seed and Black- Deaths by Childbirth, Diphtheria and Train 1903

Lawrenceville Republican March 12, 1903

Mrs. Worth Delong died Thursday and was buried in the Derr cemetery Friday. Her maiden name was Miss Pearl Sherwood, marrying Worthy Delong.  She leaves four only children, Reba, Goldie, Leathia and an infant two weeks old.  The older children will make their home with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Delong in this city.  The infant will make its home with its aunt, Mrs. W. S. Mills.  The stricken husband has the sympathy of many friends.

A case of diphtheria appeared in the family of James A. Seed, two miles south of this city Thursday. Mabel, the six year old girl, complained so that Dr. French was called and pronounced it diphtheria and at once put the child on treatment of that disease. It grew worse.  Dr. Connett was called in to counsel.  Anti-toxine was tried and everything done to relieve the little sufferer but to no avail.  Death came as a relief Tuesday.  Burial was made in the Zion cemetery Wednesday.  Special care was taken that the balance of the family might not take the disease.  Wednesday however an older sister showed symptoms of the disease. The many friends of this family hope the ravages of this dread disease will be suddenly stopped among them.

Vernon Black, in the employ of the Illinois  Central R R Co. as brakeman, met with an accident Monday evening about 6 o’clock at Marissa, Ill which later resulted in his death.  While making a coupling he was thrown under the train and one arm and one leg were cut off.  He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital at East St Louis where he lived until about midnight, dying from loss of blood.  A. J. Black went to E. St Louis and brought the remains here Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock, accompanied by Messrs. Oscar Dauphtin and Charles McCrimmon two members of the Knights of Pythias Lodge of which Vernon was a faithful member.  The funeral will be held at the M E church tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10 o‘clock, conducted by Rev. P. C. Carlin with interment at Shiloh.

Thanks to D Allen for this research.