23 July 2010

Obituaries--Ethlyn Alice & Evalyn May Town

A sad obituary of the death of a set of twins, in the day before 911 and Poison Control Centers.

From the 21 October 1915 Fremont Times Indicator:

TWINS DIE OF POISONING

Daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Town Pass Away.

Ethlyn Alice and Evalyn May, the infant twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Mayne Town, who live northeast of the city, died of poisoning at their home last Thursday. The children were left alone in a room for a sort time and during the absence of the mother got possession of a box of cathartic tablets from a drawer and ate several of the tablets. Both died inside of two hours. Medical aid was summoned immediately and everything done that could be, but it was too late. One passed away before the doctor arrived, and the other soon after. Father, mother, two sisters, three brothers and other relatives are left to mourn the untimely death of these two babies who had won the way to all of their hearts.
The twins were born on April 21, 1914 and were one year, five months and 13 days old at the time of their death.
The funeral services were held at the Graham school house Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. A. Thibos, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating.

Such a sad story. Yet perhaps one that should be shared, reminding people to lock up medications and poisons.

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