Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Reading the Newspaper and Playing with Children: Hazardous to Your Health

Is reading the Sumner Press hazardous to your health?....
(Summarized from the obituary of William Alsey published in the Sumner Press December 24, 1908)
                Sudden was the Summons that Called William Alsey to Rest
                William Alsey was born December 4, 1844 in Hanover, Germany, and moved with his parents to the United States at the age of five years. Soon thereafter he was orphaned, and received schooling in a Catholic institution.
He spent his life, on arrival in the United States, at St. Charles, Missouri with an aunt until about 17 years of age. He then moved with the family to Cincinnati.  He gave three months of service to   his country in 1862.  He continued to reside in Cincinnati until 1863 when he was united in marriage to Joanna Hicks, of Bethel, Ohio. Thence he moved to Lawrence County Illinois where he spent the remainder of his life.
“On Wednesday evening about eight o'clock, December 16,1908, William Alsey, one of the substantial citizens of this Township, passed away very suddenly at his home north of town. He had apparently been in his usual good health and had been in town that afternoon and no one who met him had the faintest idea that his time on earth was so short. He passed away that evening as usual in his home, listening to his daughter read the daily paper and making comments on some of the articles as was his want and suddenly fell over on the couch and soon expired.”

…Or is it playing with your children? 
Summarized from the Obituary of Nelson W Atkins published in the Sumner Press December 13, 1906
                Sudden Death: Rev. Nelson W. Atkins Occurred At His Home Thursday Night
                    Rev. Nelson Atkins was born in Lawrence County, Illinois February 13, 1863; died December 6, 1906, in the old home where he was born. He was united with Miss May E. Emerick his now bereaved companion, October 8, 1890.  He taught in the public schools in Lawrence County for seven years, after receiving his education in Lebanon, Ohio. He then went into the ministry with the Southern Illinois Conference at Mt. Carmel, October 4, 1890.  Feeling the need of theological training for meeting the demands of more efficient service in the ministry, he was transferred to the Central Illinois Conference in 1893, and diligently pursued a course of studies at the Garrett Institute at Evanston. Having suffered from cancer, he submitted to a surgical operation last June that was thought at the time to be successful but proved otherwise. He brought his family back to the home of his father, Adam Atkins, in Lawrence County.
“This community was greatly shocked last Friday morning when the word was brought to our city that Rev. N. W. Atkins had died suddenly at his home a few miles southwest of this city Thursday night about 11 o'clock. Only a day or two previous he was in the city and seemed in his usual health and had partially arranged to speak before the Y.M.C A., at the Missouri Hall Sunday afternoon. On Thursday he had worked as usual around his home, ate a hearty supper and was in an unusually cheerful mood, playing with his children before retiring about the usual hour.  About 11 o'clock he suddenly sprang from his bed and fell to the floor. This awakened his wife and son and they at once placed him back in bed but in a few short minutes his spirit had taken its flight to the other world. Rev. Atkins had suffered from cancer from the throat for some time and the disease had suddenly and without warning reached a vital organ closing the earthly career of a young man of much promise.”
He had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Sumner Lodge Number 248, since April 4, 1889. The funeral services were held in the presence of one of the largest audiences ever assembled in in the Sumner M. E. Church.

Ladies: Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Oct 7 Lunch and Learn program to be held at the Lawrence County Public Library located 1 block south of the square!  Reservations are due Friday Oct 2 so the committee can give the caterer the head count! Tickets ($15.00 each)  are available at the Finishing Touch in Lawrenceville, Jane's Beauty Salon in Bridgeport, or by mail: PO Box 425, Lawrenceville, Il 62439.