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1880 Ludington Record Jun. 4, 1880
Mr. Albert Miller, while working for Mr. Stearns, at his new saw-mil, met with a severe, and what proved to be a fatal accident, last Monday. The carriage was stopped for the readjustment of the guides and started unexpectedly, on account of the lever being moved through some unknown cause carrying Mr. Miller along toward the saws.
Knowing the danger he was in he tried to get clear of the carriage as soon as possible, but ere he could do so, his left hand and leg were caught and passed between the upper and lower circular saws, thereby mangling the leg from below the knee down along the foot in a frightful manner, while his hand was also badly cut. Mr. Miller was brought to this city, where his family resides, and was attended by Dr. Dundass He was very feeble from loss of blood, and lay til Wed. morning, when death put an end to his sufferings.
Deceased had resided In this neighborhood for the last twenty-five years and known by all. In an inoffensive , well disposed and law-abiding citizen, he had accounted a small competence saving every year something from his wages; During the past ten years he had been head sawyer in Mr. Mear’s mill at Lincoln. His family has the sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
June 18th, 1880 Mrs. Engeborg Oleson, of this city died last Friday , at the ripe age of 89, and was buried Sunday. The funeral services were held at the Scandinavian church. Her two sons, John and Charles, are well- known citizens of Ludington, having resided here for the last thirteen years Interesting: Manistee has organized a woman suffrage society. Miss A.M. Golden and Mrs. B.F> Keis represented the association at the state convention last Mon. and Tues.
Aug. 12, 1880 Thur.
An obituary notice of the late Mrs. Henry Wood whose- death we mentioned in the Record two weeks since has been handed us. The deceased was only residing here temporarily, intending to return to her home in Pennsylvania, as an early day; during her short residence here, she had won by her modest demeanor and sweet Christian character, the love and esteem of all with who she had become acquainted. The bereaved husband, left alone with his motherless babe and his sorrow, has the sympathy of the community Aug. 19, 1880 Thurs.
Mr. and Mrs. Parmalee buried their four months old child last Sunday, Funeral Services were held in the Rickey School house by Rev. S. N. Hill. Thurs. Aug. 26th, 1880
Ed Merrifield, of Pere Marquette, a union soldier, died at his home last Wed. morning. He leaves a wife and two children in poor circumstances. Mr. Merrified had been an invalid for some time.
Mrs. Green,. Of the Third ward, lost a little girl by diphtheria last Monday.
Last Tuesday morning, the 24th inst., about 9 o’clock, Charles Burgerson, mate of the scow Restless, of Racine went over the bows and immediately disappeared. Captain Louis A. Nelson who is brother – in – law to the missing man, put the vessel about at once and in company with the tug Sport, cruised that cruised in that vicinity for an hour but without seeing anything of the missing man. The cause of his sudden disappearance must forever remain conjectural. The vessel was about five miles from this port at the time of the accident. Mr. Burgerson was a native of Sweden and leaves a wife and five children in poor circumstances.
Thursday, Sept. 2, 1880 Albert Bellonger of the Third ward lost a child by inflammation of the lungs last Friday.
Frank Mayhews little boy, of some five years, died of Diptheria last week and was buried on Sunday.
The reports from Mason County just handed in to the Secretary of State by the county clerk. The Mason county official report of births, deaths, and marriages for 1870 are as follows; Births, 219; deaths, 86; marriages, 88. The townships of Victory, Freesoil, and Lincoln report no deaths.
Letter to the Editor: Mr. Editor; as it is a fact that a malignant type of diphtheria has began its terrible work in or community, and has already stricken down several of our little children, we feel that the best interests of the innocent ones of our community demands that every effort should be put forth by our health officers to enforce the state laws of health.
If stringent rules are enforced it is possible to arrest the onward march of this terrible foe, thereby saving the lives of many precious little ones and many a heart pang. I would suggest that a diphtheria flag, with all necessary warning, be hung out of the upper window, or some other conspicuous part of every house infected with that terrible disease and that the parents of children be instructed to keep their children away from such places and that all infected wearing apparent, bedding, or dwellings, be thoroughly purified.
I think it would be well for our health officers to write an article of instructions addressed to the people with a view of imparting the much needed information and such knowledge as would enable them to act efficiently in carrying out this good work. Said article to be published in each of our city papers for at least two or three numbers and to be paid for out of funds of the city. P.P. Shorts.
Thursday , Sept 9th, 1880 There are still cases of diphtheria in the city.
A child of Charles Miles, about 18 months was buried last Tuesday.
Last week the Record called attention to the appearance of diphtheria in the city, by the publication of the communication of Dr. Shorts. This week we publish a request for the board of health, that all cases be promptly reported to them. We call the attention of the board to the fact, that children are attending school from families where members are sick with or have just recovered from this dreadful malady. Prof. Foster has given this matter prompt attention wherever cases have been brought to his attention.
There are not half a dozen cases in the city, but dallying a week will handle it a hundred. We appeal therefore not only to the board of health but to everybody to aid in preventing a further spread of this fatal disease, if they have any tenderness or pity for the poor little ones whose death or life by scores must depend on their carefulness or carelessness .
John Roddy, well known citizen of this place, died last Monday Morning. He has lived on this shore many years and carried the U.S. mail between Manistee and Whitehall before we had any railroads in this section of the country. He leaves a wife and several small children unprovided for.
Thurs. Sept.23, 1880 The diphtheria present in the city seems to be located almost entirely in the Third Ward.
Joseph Foster, of the Third ward, lost a fifteen month old girl by diphtheria last Tuesday.
The Diphtheria has settled heavily of the family of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Vorst. Four of their children have been sick, of whom three are dead. The fourth is getting along nicely with a fair prospect of recovery. The remainder of the family are well but feel deeply the loss of their two boys and a girl.
Last Saturday evening the body of a man was found drowned near the state road bridge. Squire Shackleton was notified as soon as possible on Sunday morning proceeded to the bridge accompanied by a jury. Search was launched and proceeded down the river until the body was found, when it was brought back to the bridge. The jury was at once formed but failed to identify the man or find any marks of violence on his body.
The body was removed to the dead house at the cemetery and was buried last Monday. The jury will meet again next Monday, as it is expected that they well be enabled to identify the body by that time. It had been in the water a considerable length of time.
If this should meet the eye of the farmer who found a coat and hat on the state road bridge on Sept. 6th, he is requested to bring the said coat and hat to L. Shackleton, coroner, as it might aid in the identification of the man found drowned in the river last Saturday.
Thursday Sept. 30, 1880
Herbert, the infant son of Benj. Bush, of the Fourth ward died last Monday. Andrew Nelson, of Webber, and George Nelson of this city, each buried a child last Sunday, in the city Cemetery
James Quinn, a sailor on board the schooner Challenge of Ludington, fell overboard and was lost last Wednesday morning when about one and a half miles from the piers. He was taking a water cask to the leeside to be filled with water before coming into port when a sudden lurch of the vessel caused him to lose his balance and fall overboard. A plank that was lying on the quarter deck was immediately thrown after him, there was a strong NW breeze at the time and a heavy sea running so that the best and only thing he could do was run in and report to one of the tugs and live saving station.
The tug Aldrich and Capt. Brown with his crew and life boat immediately put out and cruised around about an hour but could not find trace of the man. Mr. Quinn leaves a wife and three children who reside in Chicago. He was a member of Seamen’s union and in good standing. On returning from searching for the man, the life boar was over turned by the surf near to the pear. The men succeeded in getting on board again without accident.
Thurs. Oct. 7, 1880
Alfred Otis, of Third ward buried a child last Friday.
A son of John Oleson, six years old died from diphtheria last Monday.
An infant daughter of Captain Caswell died on Thursday, the 30th .
Oct. 14, 1880 Several cases of diphtheria about.
George Blundel’s little daughter, 16 mo. Old, died at Tallman, last Saturday, and was buried at the East Riverton Cemetery, last Monday.
Oct. 21, 1880 Frank Mallett’s son , ten years old, died of Diphtheria last Sunday. Andrew Linds, of the Third ward lost a little girl by diphtheria last Saturday.
Oct. 28, 1880
Ella, Wife of the Rev. J. A. Fry, formerly of Riverton, died Oct. 20, at Monroe City, and was buried at Linchfield, Hillsdale County. Mrs. Fry was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Gibson who were well known residents of Summit Twp. until about a year about when they moved to Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are at present in Ludington having been called east by the death of their daughter.
Nov. 4, 1880
Diphtheria is still prevalent in the city. The board of health concluded to close the schools last Monday and have since ordered that no Sunday schools be held for the next three weeks. Many cases have been fatal and some families are at present suffering terribly. The board of health and the physicians of the city are determined that the progress of the disease shall be stayed and will try every precaution to that end.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kuhll have the sincere sympathy of all friends and acquaintances in their deep affliction. On Monday morning their youngest daughter, Amelia died and at the present writing three others are not expected to live. The parents are worn out with watching and broken hearted.
Nov. 11, 1880 No deaths recorded
Nov. 18, 1880
John Nelson, of Riverton , lost a little boy by diphtheria, last Monday.
We are sorry to have to say that in spite of the precaution used in closing the schools throughout the city, diphtheria is still raging. In some cases it has made its appearance suddenly and with extreme virulence. It has found its way into many families who had been anxiously using every precaution. We urge upon parents the absolute necessity of keeping their little ones isolated as much as possible from others, and at the same time taking care that they themselves are not the messengers to carry the germs of the disease into the homes of their friends or families.
Mrs. Wm. Plumbeck died at her home near the depot last Saturday. Funeral services were held at the Episcopal church on Sunday, Rev. J. B. Pritchard conducting the services. Mrs. Plumbeck leaves a child two weeks old.
Emma Sellsia Baker, daughter of Samuel and Mary Baker of Freesoil died Nov. 7, aged 10 years. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of their acquaintances.
Obituary Nov. 15, of Diphtheria, Hulbert E. Sawyer, youngest son of Charles T. and Anna E. Sawyer aged two years and seven Months.
Mr. and Mrs Finley have the sympathy of their friends and acquaintances because of their recent bereavements having lost by diphtheria last Friday, the 10th, their daughter Ann L. Aged 10 years and on Sunday last their son William aged eight years.
The entire family of Mrs. Hazzard of Amber has been down with diphtheria. Two of them have died, but there are strong hopes of the recovery of the remainder.
The announcement elsewhere that the schools are to begin next Monday is one we are sorry to notice. We believe it is premature, as there are still a good many cases of diphtheria in the city. There has been a marked decrease in the past ten days, as we believe, caused mainly by caution imposed by the closing of the Schools and Sunday schools.
When this wise measure has begun to bear fruit why make the public careless by giving it to understand that all danger is past when such is not fact. Individual carelessness is responsible fore 9 out of 10 of the cases that have occurred so far, and it is safe to say that such will be the case in the future. Why, when a good work is partly done remit the effort? Two weeks further care would doubtless eradicate the disease from our midst.
Dec. 2, 1880 No new cases of diphtheria reported this week.
. Dec. 9, 1880
John Nelson, of third ward buried a little daughter yesterday.
Death of Robert F. Kasson. Our people were shocked on Wed. morning o hear of the death of Robert F. Kasson, one of Ludington’s best known and highly esteemed business men, who died of neuralgia of the heart, at Mr. Moulton’s residence at 4 o’clock a.m. Although sudden his health was not wholly unexpected. His health had been poor and during the past year he had been despondent, taking far less than his usual interest in business. His despondency was believed to be induced by the sudden death of his wife last year. The deceased wife not yet thirty five years of age.
He was born in the state of New York and moved with his parents to Grand Rapids when a small boy. Being left to the fate of fatherless boys at an early age, he began to exercise that rare self-reliance and independence of character which was a leading trait. Fourteen years ago he came to the employ of James Ludington at this then new and almost unknown lumbering point’ his industry, aptness and capacity soon bought him promotion and hew became manager of the store and stock, involving the responsibility of a monthly sale of many thousand dollars. The new firm of Danaher and Melendy forming he accepted a like position with them , quitting which he went to Lake Superior.
Six years since he began business here with Dr. J.C. Tatmat since which he has been engaged in business on his own account. Although young, his life has been full of incident and adventure. Restless and erratic in his character, he accomplished fare less than would have been possible had his fine abilities been directed by sounder judgment and more patience. But death masters all the full grown man in his confident strength as easily as the child with tottering step so the self-reliant confident business man of yesterday is the occupant of the coffin today. The funeral will take place on the arrival from the east of Mr. W.A. Kasson , brother of the deceased.
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