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1873 The Ludington Appeal
Friday, July 18, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday, July 25, 1873
Front page has an article of a new writing machine (a typewriter). It is a brain child of Mr. Emmett Dewsmore (or Dewamore)
Two boys who ventured out in a small boat on the little lake, Sunday, were capsized, but were soon after picked up by the Cyclone.
Aug. 1, 1873
On Thursday evening of last week a daughter of Mr. John Roddy, of Pentwater, while – passing from one room to another, and having a lighted lamp in her hand, in some manner tripped her foot and dropped the lamp, breaking it to pieces. The oil ignited spreading over the room almost instantly. She in trying to escape from her perilous situation sheered to one side of the room and started out the back door, but before she could clear the room, the flames overtook her and her dress caught fire, her mother seeing her danger caught up a blanket and wrapped it about her, hoping thereby to smother the flames that were encircling her person but it alas took fire and added fuel to the flames.
Just at this critical moment people passing along the street discovered the situation and came to her relief and after considerable effort succeeded in extinguishing the flames, but not until it had burned to a crisp the whole of her body from head to foot. Medical aid was at once called and everything for the relief of the sufferer that could be was immediately done. Her injuries however were so great that medical skill could do nothing save only to alleviate her sufferings and after living in this state of agony from 9 o’clock Thursday until half past four o’clock Friday morning she died.
Friday, Sept. 12, 1873
H.N. Fitch’s little child, Frederick, died last Sunday and was buried Monday.
Mrs. James, a most estimable lady, after a short illness, died on Saturday night last. The corpse was taken to Milwaukee Sunday for burial.
Friday, Sept. 19, 173
Mr. John Paro, after a severe illness of about ten days, died at E.B. Ward’s boarding house last Tuesday morning. His disease was typhoid pneumony, the body will be taken to the city of Quebec for burial. Being with out information relative to the deceased, we can say nothing but the simple announcement.
Friday, Sept. 26, 1873 Included an update on the Ironsides
A little child of Peter Barns died on Saturday night last.
Mr. Hoit died on Friday night last and was taken to the town of Riverton for burial on Sunday.
Mrs. Sauders died on Sunday night last and the funeral was held on Monday…at her place of residence.
Lists the property purchase for Lakeview Cem. From Chas. Mears.
Friday, Oct. 3, 1873
No Deaths reported.
Friday, Oct. 10, 1873 Mr. John Allen of the Firm of Allen Bros., boot and shoe makers of this city who has been seriously ill the past two months, died in his room at the Pratt House last Tuesday morning. He was a very exemplary young man and his loss to our community is an imparable one. His friends we believe reside in Ontario, except his brother who is here with him and has patiently watched by his bedside during his illness, rendering him every aid and comfort it was possible for him to do during his sickness. During his last moments he was perfectly rational and fully resigned, welcoming his dissolution from earth and its turmoil’s and affliction, full of faith that just on the other side of that river a bright future awaited him.
Friday, October 17, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday, Oct. 24, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday, October, 31, 1873 Death by Suicide
On Monday forenoon of this week, our people of a sudden became greatly alarmed and excited by the news of a man having been murdered, and his dead body in some bushes by the side of the road leading to Roby’s mill. Many stricken with horror flocked to the fatal scene where the body was still lying and which was readily recognized as that of Samuel Swanson. The corpse when found was situated with the face down, arms partially extended, and the body cold and stiff. It was soon ascertained and much to the relief and satisfaction of all present, that the man had not been murdered as was supposed, but he had committed the act of suicide.
A judicial enquiry was immediately held upon the body, and it was the opinion of the jury, after properly and thoroughly investigating the case, that the deceased man had taken his own life.
On turning over the body with the face upwards, an awful sight was presented, his throat was cut to the bone of the neck and the trachea and left jugular vein entirely severed: on blow had done the fatal terrible deed. A partially open razor which he had used was found hanging on a pine bush to which it had been thrown by himself before he fell. From the position in which he lay, it was supposed he must have been standing at the time he cut his throat, and on throwing the razor, fell to the ground upon his face. From the appearance of the wound, death , and without hardly a struggle, must have ended within a few minutes. The razor case was found upon the ground about two rods from the body, whence he must have leftit after taking out the razor and then walking to the place where he fell and was found.
Mr. John P. Swanson, an upright citizen and brother of the deceased, stated before the jury that his brother came to his house on Saturday last, and to all appearance was well, but that for some cause, appeared gloomy and down spirited, that he so continued during Sunday, though he ate supper Sunday night and retired as usual, but that he was up Monday morning before five o’clock and left the house. Breakfast being prepared and his brother not returning he and his family supposed he had gone to help load a vessel. He further stated that the deceased some time previous had shown symptoms, as he thought of being out of his head, and that some three or four weeks ago he was lost or at loss stayed five days alone in the woods.
From all the circumstances and evidence that was heard in the case, and no external violence appearing upon the person of the deceased, except that mentioned, the jury undoubtedly came to a correct conclusion, that his unfortunate man come to his death by his own hand and that he was insane.
The deceased, by the statement of his brother was 29 years of age, had no family, was born in Noinger Sweden, had been in this county about five years and in Ludington, on and off for two or three.
The dead man after the inquest, was carried to the house of his brother near by, and the funeral held on Tuesday last. The sad tiding of his tragical end will be painful to his friends who are distant in the far off land of Sweden and here, that a thing so terrible should happen, has filled our community with sorrow and grief.
Friday, Nov. 7, 1873 No Deaths reported
Friday, Nov. 14, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday Nov. 21, 1873
Mr. William White, a resident of this city, and who for the winter had gone into the pine woods to work in Lake county, was accidentally shot last Sunday. The ball entering his right side passed entirely through him an cam out on his left, he lived about five minutes and expired. We are informed that he and a friend of his went out hunting deer on the day of the accident, that while traveling through the woods side by side, his friend tripped and full, his gun being loaded and cocked at the time, went off, discharging its contents as above stated. Mr. White was a good citizen and leaves a wife and family besides many friends to mourn his loss.
Friday, Nov. 28, 1873
Friday, Dec. 5, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday, Dec. 12, 1873 A little child of George Thorp’s died on Monday morning last and was buried on Tuesday.
Death of Mrs. L. Possant
Our people will regret to hear of the death of Mrs. L. Posant of this city. She died very sudden and unexpected at her residence on Monday evening last. For the past three or four years she has been in poor health, yet confined to do the ordinary work of her house. Immediate;y after supper , on the evening of Monday last, Mrs. Posant was taken with nausea and vomiting, and though all was done for her could be, she continued to grow rapidly worse, and died between three and four hours from the time she was taken. Up to the time of the fatal attack, she appeared as well as usual; she washed the supper dishes and appeared in good spirits.
Her illness was occasioned by dyspepsia and of which she had severely suffered for a long time. Mrs. Posant was about 40 years of age at the time of her decease, had lived in Ludington and carried on the millinery business nearly five years. She was born in Quebec, Canada, and for many years previous to coming here, was a resident of that city. During the time that she lived and carried on business in this city, she proved herself an estimable lady, and had won many friends that will now feel her loss. The funeral takes place today at 10 o’clock.
Friday, Dec. 19, 1873 No deaths reported
Friday, Dec. 26, 1873 No deaths reported
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