Republican, Thursday, March 28, 1901, Pg. 5
Obituary submitted by Shelly Harris
Ernest, son of J. F. Kegebein and wife died Tuesday night, aged about seven
years. Our people fully sympathize with those so suddenly called upon to mourn
the taking away of their bright little boy. May they turn for consolation to one
whose care is over us all and who said, "suffer the little children to come unto
me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."
Great uneasiness pervades the town just now over an outbreak of the dread
diphtheria. Three families were last week taken simultaneously - J. F.
Kegebein's, Mrs. Damon's and that of J. A. Webster. In the family of Mr.
Kegebein, their little boy the oldest of the children, a fine little fellow
about seven years old, was the victim, he died early Wednesday morning. There is
now sick there, the mother, Mrs. Kegebein and one of the younger children. At
Mrs. Damon's the youngest child, a girl about eight years old was first taken.
She is now getting better and the sister next oldest is also sick. At Mr.
Webster's, his son William, about thirty years old and Will's youngest daughter
were first taken. The child died Sunday night and there is sick here now, Will
end (sic) his sister Lucy. Strict quarantine measures have been taken and it is
hoped that the disease can be stopped from spreading. A notice from the board of
health will be seen elsewhere in this paper.
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