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February 14, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.

Local Intelligence
(February 5, 1896)

A SUDDEN DEATH

Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy

Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, died suddenly Thursday morning about six o'clock of apoplexy in the fifty-fifth year of her age. She had been in her usual health, with the exception of some neuralgic pains, but her condition was not such as to cause any alarm. On the morning of her death she got up and went to the yard. The family sat down to breakfast and noticing that Mrs. Hill was not present, it was thought that she had come in and gone to her room. But she was not there.

Her youngest daughter went out on the back porch to look for Mrs. Hill and saw her lying on her back in the yard. The family ran to her, carried her into the house, and sent for the doctor, who pronounced her dead. It was a great shock to the family, and to the whole community as well.

Mrs. Hill was an estimable woman, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her maiden name was Melissa McClure, and she was married to John Hill in 1861. Nine children were born to them, eight of whom, six girls and two boys, survive her, all of whom were present for the funeral….It is a very excellent family. Mr. Hill, who is about sixty-four years of age, has been in ill health for several years.

The funeral took place at Stanton on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. H. Jelbart officiating, and a large concourse of sincere mourners followed the remains to the tomb.

Reason Restored by Surgery

Horace Tetlow of Philadelphia has been restored by a surgical operation to reason. He uttered the other day his first intelligent words since the first day of the Conemaugh Flood, Friday, May 31, 1889, when his skull was crushed by a piece of falling timber. Since that time he has been an imbecile.

Last week a thorough examination was made of the wound in his skull. Trephining was decided upon. The operation was performed on Tuesday, a bone button, the size of a half dollar, being removed.

The patient, upon opening his eyes, said: "It comes from the dam." His mind is blank as to the occurrences of the last six years, but he recalls the events of his life preceding the accident that rendered him speechless.---Exchange

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