One of my favorite things about genealogy is finding people who might otherwise be forgotten. This is not my family, but I was touched by the article and how quickly a region could be decimated by disease.
An Incident of Sadness. -- Mr.
C.T. Lamson, of Green, some
three or four weeks ago lost a
bright little girl by that dreadful
In conversation with a friend at
Butler Center the other day, in re-
gard to the ravages of the disease at
Greene, Mr. Lamson related the fol-
lowing sad incident: One year ago
his little daughter gave a birth-day
party at which were present eight
of the bright, sparkling little girls
of Greene -- her intimate playmates
and associates. Now, every one of
that joyous group, who were the
birdlings of parental love and the
light of happy homes, are sleeping
side by side in the grave yard.
The severity of affliction which
Greene and its immediate vicinity
have been called to undergo, though
the prevalence of diphtheria is great
and evokes the heartfelt sympathy
of all. -- Eclipse.
"An Incident of Sadness," Clarksville (Iowa) Star, 6 March 1879, 5th page, column 4. State Historical Society of Iowa microfilmed newspaper collection, Iowa City.