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Death of Edson R. Harding.

     Wednesday morning a telegram from the Coroner at Dayton to Hale Harding at Kyger, told of the death of Edson R. Harding the morning before in a drug store at Dayton where he was employed.
     Immediately on receipt of the message Casper Harding and Marion Ward left for Dayton, arriving there Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock. They found that Edson had died early Tuesday morning for some children coming into the store early that morning and speaking to him as he sat in a chair thinking him asleep. They soon saw their mistake. He was sitting one hand in his pocket, the other across his breast with one foot resting on the floor, the across his leg that was resting on the floor.
     The remains were brought to Kyger and funeral services conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton of Rio Grande Friday morning at 11 o'clock and interment in the cemetery just north of the village by the side of his father and mother.
     Edson was born in Cheshire township September, 1844 and was therefore in his 57 year. He was never married. He leaves five brothers, vis: Hale, Casper and Lewis of Kyger; Wilson of Vanceton; Ort of Kansas. Also a half brother, A. B. Harding of Kyger, and a half sister, Mrs. Helen Chapman of Letart.
     In his younger days he followed teaching and was well known in Gallia, Meigs and Lawrence counties as a successful disciplinarian. Later or about the year 1885 he graduated in pharmacy at Ada, Ohio, and has spent the greater part of the past fifteen years as a druggist in Marion and Berea. For the past six or seven years he has not been able to attend to business only part of the time.
     Last winter he had an attack of Lagrippe and in the spring, thinking to regain his health he went to Oklahoma, but the dust there was unpleasant for hime, and he did not improve much. He returned to Ohio and concluded to spend the summer with relatives in Gallia. After a few week's stay with his brother he went to Springfield and from there to Dayton, where he died as above stated, presumably from heart disease as he had been a sufferer for some years.


     Only the Monday before his death he had written a letter to Mrs. Emma Harding, his brother's wife, in which he said that he was not at all well, but little did he or his relatives think that his days were so near ended, but such has proven the case.

[from Cemeteries of Cheshire Township, Kyger Cemetery listing: "Harding, Edson b. 1845 d. 1901"]

[handwritten recipe]


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup of sweet milk
3 1/2 cups flour
2 big spoons full of bk powder
whites of six eggs
flavoring to taste

cream butter and sugar together, add milk then flour sifted with the bk powder in, beat the eggs to a froth and add last.

Jennie Boatmans cake

[from Cemeteries of Cheshire Township, Gravel Hill Cemetery listing: "Boatman, Jennie C. b. 1867 d. 1944", she was a Coughenour cousin]

Dewey's Victory Quilt Block

"Dewey's Victory", one of many quilt block or embroidery patterns saved by my great grandmother.

Popular Young Man.

Will Thomas

Mr. Will Thomas is the eldest son of the late Rev. B. T. Thomas of Centreville, and a worthy young man. His father died some ten years ago and his mother about two years ago, since which time he and brother and sisters have been making their home in Gallipolis. Mr. Thomas is an agent of the Prudential Insurance Company and as their guest recently made an enjoyable trip to New York City and vicinity. Until recently he was Superintendent of the Presbyterian Sabbath school and is a hustling young man who will undoubtedly make a success in his business life.

[from Cemeteries of Gallipolis Township, Mound Hill Cemetery listing: "Thomas, William H. b. 1884 d. 1961" might be this gentleman]


J. D. Briggs analyzes in instructive fashion the circumstances attending a serious outbreak of typhoid fever in a small, isolated community in the Alleghany watershed. The water supply of the village came from two sources, one a reservoir at some distance, and the other a nearby spring. The reservoir water had a pronounced flavor and odor, due to the presence of algae, but it was found that the clear and more agreeable spring water was the means of dissemination of the disease, owing to contamination by drainage from an imported case of typhoid. The author points out the necessity for great care in laying out sewerage systems in the neighborhood of water supplies, and directs attention to the importance of thorough in the disinfection of all excreta, linen, bath water, etc., from typhoid cases. Formaldehyde, bichloride and lime preparations are greatly inferior in effectiveness to carbolic acid, which should be freely used in 5 per cent solution, and allowed to act for several hours:---
Medical Record, Jan. 7, 1905.

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