Death By Easter Egg

From the archives, stories of holiday treats gone wrong. See the full post at Tidings of Yore.

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Julia Bizet Age-Ptomaine Poisoning

  Julia Bizet Age, born in Paris, France in 1855, is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to her death certificate she died of ptomaine poisoning, which is a foodborne illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerton Age. The informant on the certificate is J.G. Stratton, but their relationship is unknown. (At least to me.)

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In The Durham Hebrew Cemetery

Usually I don’t post entries about people who died as recently as 2006, but after taking this photo of Freda Abramowitz’s grave at the Durham Hebrew Cemetery I felt compelled to share part of her story.
Mrs. Abramowitz was born in Czenstochowa, Poland in 1922 and died in Durham after living in various locations including New York City, Miami Beach, Houston and the cities of her birth and death.
She also survived the Holocaust, a former prisoner at the HASAG forced labor camp.

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The Berger-Dickenson Family Cemetery

In 2013 I trekked to the northern part of Pittsylvania County to visit the graveyard at Siloam United Methodist Church. On the return trip I noticed a small family cemetery that looked too old and interesting to ignore. What caught my eye were the shapes of the markers and the symbols decorating them.
Because the Berger-Dickenson cemetery is on private property I parked on the side of the road and took a few photos from a distance. There were many other graves that I would’ve liked to have seen up-close, but I didn’t want to risk trespassing.
Mabel Berger was the intended focus of this entry, but over the years I haven’t been able to find out much about the the infant’s brief life in Oklahoma’s Sac & Fox territory or how she died. For that reason I held off on posting all of the photos of this graveyard…until now.
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A Stranger In A Strange Land

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.

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Death By Easter Egg

Misc. Tidings of Yore

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

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"That Horrid Corpse Kept Looking At The Girls"

Misc. Tidings of Yore

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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Funerals Interrupted by Lightning

There’s also plenty of deathly goodness and weird news over at Misc. Tidings of Yore, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Misc. Tidings of Yore

Crittenden Record-Press [KY] 17 Aug. 1911 (1)
Crittenden Record-Press [KY] 17 Aug. 1911 (2)

The San Francisco Call, 1 Sept. 1895

Evening Star [Washington, DC] 29 July 1906
The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sept. 1905

The Evening World [NY] 27 May 1902

Crittendon Record-Press [KY] 28 Aug. 1913
Omaha Daily Bee, 30 Aug. 1911
St. Paul Globe, 11 May 1904
St. Louis Republic, 20 July 1900

The Washington Times, 25 June 1902

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