09 November 2012

Obituary--Henry "Peg-Leg" Davis

I am not sure if this is so much an obituary, as an account of his body being found.  There are no dates, not even of the paper.  No personal information.  I am assuming that since this obituary was found in the Civil War scrapbooks, that he is a veteran of that war.  Even that is in doubt, as not all the information was sourced or compiled accurately.  However it is an interesting story. 
The clipping we have appears to be reprinted in the Fremont TimesIndicator, as the end of the article credits it as being from the Hesperia Union.  That alone dates it to the late 19th or early 20th century.

Arthur Cottrell Discovers Body of Man When Investigating, Monday Evening

Henry Davis, better known as "Peg-Leg" because of having one wooden leg, was found dead in his home near huber Monday morning.
Mr. Davis has been living alone on his little farm, just north of Norman Cottrell's for a number of years, and this winter has been in poor health.  Arthur Cottrell has been looking after him, and Saturday afternoon took him some provisions and Mr. Davis then complained of a terrible pain in his head.  Sunday, Nick Rossiter saw him outside of the house, and that was probably the last time he was seen alive by any one.  Monday evening Arthur Cottrell, not seeing any light there, went to investigate and found the furniture and Wood scattered all over the room and blood upon nearly everything, and Mr. Davis was found rolled up in the bed clothes at the food of the bed and his face and hands were covered with blood.  It appeared as tho he died in terrible agony.  Mr. Cottrell uncovered his face enough to see he was dead and then notified some of the neighbors, who notified Supervisor Geo. Miller, Undertaker G. M. Eldridge and Health Officer Dr. S. B. Rolison, who went to the scene Tuesday morning.
It is supposed that he died Sunday night, as his stocking hung near the stove and his wooden leg stood in the corner.  He was a bachelor and has no near relatives in this vicinity that any one knows about--Hesperia Union

As is so common with the accounts in the old papers, it is very graphic.  No paper could get away with that now.  On the other hand, if they did, maybe their sagging sales would improve. 
Not that I recommend such a thing, I don't think I would be able to read them if it was current news, and possibly about people I knew. 

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