04 October 2015

Sunday’s Obituary: Mary E Horning

Mary Horning, a native of Maytown in Lancaster County, died on 23 September 1880. News of her death reached Lancaster by way of another newspaper. Her death notice reveals much about her, except her maiden name. 

She died of typhoid-pneumonia. Typhoid fever is an acute infectious disease accompanied by fever, headache, and abdominal symptoms. The incubation period is generally two to three weeks. 

Her death notice reads:
The Osage county, Kansas, Herald brings us news of the death in Osage, Kansas, Sept. 23, 1880, from typhoid-pneumonia, of Mrs. Mary E. Horning, aged 28 years and 3 days. 

She was born in Maytown, Lancaster county, where she lived until her parents moved to Duncansville, Blair county, Pa. She was one of a large family, consisting of six daughters and one son. This is the first link broken in the chain. She was married in 1877 and they resided in Altoona until Mr. Horning went West. They first located in Osborne City, Osborne county, Kan., where Mrs. Horning made many true and sincere friends who will hear of her decease with sadness. Her disposition was naturally a very pleasant one, while her sympathy for others in trouble was easily awakened, and adding to this, her kindness of speech and gentle manners, it is not strange that she numbered so many friends and no enemies. Her illness was very brief extending over only thirteen days, her death occurring on the fourteenth day, at 3 o’clock p.m. Her husband, who was East on business, was telegraphed for responded at once and remained at her bedside night and day. She had but lately become a member of the Presbyterian church of Osage, having been a professor of religion for ten or twelve years.  

The Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 4 October 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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