Early Obituaries often shed light on the cause of death in the area. Here are some from the Sumner Press 1890’s-1920’s.
Miss Chlora Adamson, a history teacher in the grammar grades of Lawrenceville schools as well as teaching in Sumner schools previously, died in the influenza epidemic of 1919. She had pursued her studies at Albion College and the University Normal, Il, as well as the University of Carbondale.
Wilbur Francis Angle son of Jacob and Sarah Angle, was born Jan 24, 1889, and died Sept 2, 1917. During his early boyhood he was stricken with typhoid fever and inflammatory rheumatism, which left him a semi-invalid.
Pansy Akers, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Akers of Westport, Bond Twp. seemed to be in good health Tuesday noon until she complained of a pain in her side. When her parents began feeling uneasy about her, they called a physician from Birds, who found she was suffering from an attack of appendicitis and decided that on Thursday night an operation was necessary. Not being able to take her to the hospital, it was decided to move her to her grandfather’s for the operation. Friday morning at 3 o’clock the operation was performed and by 12:30 Saturday morning she had passed away. She was born December 30, 1894 and died January 9, 1909, age 14 years 10 days.
Martin R Arnold died of tuberculosis at age 30, having been born on Jan 8, 1879 and dying May 20, 1909.
William Arthur Atkins died of typhoid fever Sept 27, 1905. He was born January 30, 1862 in Lawrence County, having been united in marriage to Mattie C Nettleton, December 2, 1891.
Cliff Akers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Akers of Sumner died in July 1918 of tubercular trouble. He was about 20 years of age, and had been in the Army service for a time but was dismissed on a doctor’s certificate and returned home a few months before.
Mattie Christina Atkins, daughter of Adam and Daisy Atkins was born March 27, 1898 and died February 24, 1909, age 10 years 10 months 28 days, after being stricken with paralysis on February 5.
John M. Ackley was born March 2, 1842 in Indiana and came with the family to Sumner about the year 1870 or ‘71 and engaged in the bakery business. After a few years he moved to Vincennes, but after a short stay he again came to Sumner. He was the father of seven children all of whom, except one daughter died during their childhood. For many years Uncle John has been afflicted and finally became so much so that he was sent to the hospital at Anna where he passed away July 20, 1910. He had been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1873. (Ed Note: Anna was a hospital for the mentally ill.)
It was a time when childhood deaths were more prevalent.
Lucy Ash, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wash Ash, was born December 19,1907 and died April 17,1913, age 5 years 3 month and 24 days.
Vera Woodrow Angle, fourth son of Grover and Ethel Angle, was born September 1, 1912 and departed this life January 29, 1916, age 3 years, 4 months and 28 days after a short illness.
Tressie Matilda Atkins, little daughter of John and Eliza Atkins, was born June 3, 1901 and died August 10, 1906, age 5 years 2 months and 7 days.
Victor Merrill Abernathy, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Abernathy, was born September 16, 1907 and died on October 20, 1907, age 2 months and 4 days.
Orris Perry Akers, was born May 2, 1910 and died January 4, 1911, age 8 months and 2 days. (The name of his parents was not given.)
Mary Audry Ammerman, daughter of Alonzo T. and L. A. Ammerman was born at Rankin, Iroquois County February 25, 1898 and died at the home of her parents one half mile east of Chauncey August 6, 1905, age 7 years 5 months and 11 days.