From the archives, stories of holiday treats gone wrong. See the full post at Tidings of Yore.
I first noticed Francois Thomas’ tombstone several years ago in a promiscuous section of Danville’s Green Hill Cemetery. (Promiscuous here meaning that the area is populated by single graves rather than family plots.)
This particular section is far from the entrance, near the chain link fence that separates the burial grounds from the railroad tracks. Extended distance between tombstones likely suggests that unmarked graves outnumber the marked.
I can’t say with certainty that this is a pauper’s lot because in all my time researching Green Hill I haven’t determined which lands were designated for the poor or unclaimed bodies.
From Minnesota’s The Appeal on Aug. 17, 1889:
|The Sun [NY] 8 April 1912|
No matter how pretty they are, please don’t eat dyed Easter eggs. I hear that Cadbury Creme Eggs are pretty tasty and they probably won’t kill you.
|The Hocking Sentinel [OH] 18 April 1901|
|Semi-Weekly Interior Journal [KY] 23 Apr. 1897|
|Norfolk Weekly News Journal [Neb.] 12 May 1905|
|The Democratic Banner [OH] 9 April 1912|
|The Daily Ardmoreite [OK] 6 April 1902|
Sometimes you really can’t improve upon the original headline, which is the case with this story from the Spokane Press (Spokane, Washington) on April 6, 1908. It seems that a group of female employees were more concerned with having a laugh at the view of a sheeted corpse at a nearby funeral parlor, until the sheet was removed. That’s when things took a turn for the hysterical.
“A score of hysterical girls who wrung their hands, cried and mussed up their hair and pointed in terror out the back windows Saturday afternoon caused the men employees of Jodoin and Davids to rush gallantly to the girls’ workroom and there witness a sight which caused them no wonder at the mental and physical condition in which they found the young ladies.
Lying in plain view from the store windows they could see the cold, stark remains of…
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