County Coordinator: Debby Beheler
The City’s Death Roll for the Year 1889.
Source: [Kokomo Dispatch, Thursday,January 2, 1890, Page 2, Columns 5 & 6]
THE SILENT MAJORITY -- The City’s Death Roll for the Year 1889.
The Rate of Mortality But Three-Quarters of One Per Cent.
Never within the history of the city of Kokomo has her rate of mortality been so low as it was during the year just passed.
In 1888 there were but 101 resident deaths and the rate of mortality was only one per cent. Considering that the average death rate of the United States is 1.28 per cent and about 1.33 per cent for Indiana, Kokomo had reason for congratulation on her exceeding low rate for 1888.
But now with a population of 12,000 we have but 92 resident deaths for 1889, or a trifle over 76 per cent. This is indeed a mortuary low-water mark, and it places Kokomo at the very head of all Indiana cities and towns for general healthfulness. Our superior system of perfect sewage and the effort of the authorities to keep the city in a good sanitary condition during the warm months have doubtless done much to bring about this much-desired result. Furthermore, we have had no contagious diseases of epidemic character, for which all hearts are thankful. All in all, the city has never enjoyed such good health nor has her rate of mortality ever been so low as during the old year. The roster of the dead for 1889 is as follows:
2. Lutie TANNER, colored, 3 months,
7. Mrs. J. C. LEACH, 31 years, 6months, consumption.
24. Julia GEORGE, 2 years, 7 months, laringitis [sic].
26. Clay GRIFFITH, colored, 18 months, inflammation of the bowels.
29. Mrs. Seth LINDSEY, 28 years, puerpal
31. Marmaduke WINBURN, colored, 55 years, neuralgia of the stomach.
10. Annie G. SMITH, 7 years diphtheria.
14. John HALE, 35 years, consumption, Center township.
16. Clifford FREEMAN, 17 months, brain fever.
17. Rachael BROWN, 63 years, pneumonia;
21. Infant daughter of Wm. KEYTON, 3 days, croup, Liberty township.
24. Wm. YOUNG, 16 years, typhoid fever.
27. Infant son of Geo. GERARD, 1 month,
2. Mrs. Howard BULL, 32 years, diabetes.
4. Lilie L. SHOLTY, 2 months, whooping-cough.
9. Mary REED, 6 months, whooping-cough, Union township.
10. George E. BERRY, colored, 3 months, lung fever.
14. Infant daughter of Daniel LARTY, still-born.
18. David MARTIN, 63 years, chronic diarrhea, Russiaville.
19. Norville BEESON, 28 years, typhoid pneumonia.
23. George C. KELLY, 51 years, consumption.
1. Rose JACKSON, 18 months, lung fever.
8. Infant daughter of Edmund De RYKE, premature birth.
11. Linnie SHOCKLEY, 5 years, 11 months, typhoid fever.
12. James LONG, 20 years, consumption.
15. Mrs. Frank HILL, sr., 52 years, heart disease.
18. Wm. F. KNOX, 64 years, dropsy of heart
20. Thos. LEE, 44 years, consumption, Center
25. Milton AIKMAN, 27 years, consumption.
26. Belle FOUCHE, 10 years, rheumatism of the heart.
2. Joseph COX, 35 years, consumption, Center township.
3. James B. TOOLE, 30 years, 3 months, typhoid fever, Richmond.
4. Charles SPENCER, 41 years, rheumatism, Young America.
7. Ellie KAYTON, 23 years,
inflammation of the bowels, Liberty township
15. James F. GRAY, 24 years, Bright’s disease.
16. Jacob SWISHER, 82 years, old age, Center township.
21. Wm. PENNINGTON, 27 years, consumption.
22. Paul A. PRICE, 18 months, measles, Greentown.
24. W. S. WINFIELD, 76 years, heart troubles.
7. Two infant sons of Geo. THRASHER, still-born.
9. Alice C. DRUARD, 3 months, erysipelas.
12. Infant son of Frank CRAYCRAFT, colored.
20. Mable MECK, 6 weeks, cholera infantum, Indianapolis.
23. Ozark JENNINGS, 11 years, drowned, Center township.
27. John D. SMITH, 1 month, thrush.
30. Richard WILSON, 70 years, 7 months, softening of the brain.
2. Lilian MARTIN, 31 years, congestion of the brain.
4. Tina HAIR, 30 years, 7 months,
6. W. M. CONNELL, 11 months, whooping-cough.
8. Infant son of Samuel SHAFER, still-born.
10. C. S. BURTON, 1 year, summer complaint.
14. Mary L. VARNES, 50 years, abscess of liver.
20. Armenia ELLIS, 43 years, septemia, Anderson.
21. John ROSENWAGG, 7 years, 9 months, brain
22. Irvin V. BANTA, 11 months, cholera infantum.
23. L. TARKINGTON, 21 years, consumption.
24. Willie KABBLE, 2 months, congestion of stomach.
25. W. L. FOREHAND, 3 months, cholera infantum
27. Lucy Belle OILER, 8 months, indigestion.
28. Hazel STAM, 1 year, cholera infantum.
29. Mary E. TERRELL, 42 years, heart disease.
31. John T. PARKER, 69 years, typhoid fever, Center township.
2. Robert ELLIOTT, colored, 53
years, consumption, Center township
4. Jessie BALL, 9 years, 9 months, typhoid fever.
6. Cynthia GOSSAM, 39 years, consumption.
8. Flossy WILSON, 1 year, cholera infantum.
11. Hazel HANNA, 9 years, 9 months, throat trouble, Center township.
17. Florence CRUMELY, 9 months, flux,
21. Daisy M. FAIRFIELD, 2 months, 15 days,
summer complaint, Center township
4. Infant son of Allie SMITH, still-born, Center township.
8. Bessie SEIFERT, 5 years, 8 months, diphtheria.
9. James SANDS, 7 years, typhoid fever.
12. Infant daughter of Octore DuBOIS, still-born.
14. Infant daughter of Richard PARISH, still-born.
18. Mary A. FLEMING, 75 years, heart disease.
19. Lucy WINTRINGER, 1 month 7 days, cholera infantum.
22. Gracie TOUBY, 3 years, 6 months, scarletina, Howard township.
26. Maggie LEACH, 11 months, whooping-cough.
28. Cora JONES, 22 years, consumption.
6. Christina HOOPER, 61 years, lock-jaw.
11. Popp BURKETT, 60 years, dropsy, Center township.
12. Sophilis MITCHUM, colored, 34 years, typhoid fever.
27. Infant son of Hugh SHORT, still-born.
29. Charles L. REDMOND, 19 years, 9 months, consumption.
1. Mary M. GILLEN, 28 years, 6
months, heart trouble
2. Mariah HUNT, 48 years, typhoid fever.
3. Charles EGGLESTON, 32 years,typhoid fever.
4. Leslie E. LEEDS, 7 months, lung fever.
5. C.A. WILLIS, 38 years abscess of lungs.
10. Eva WILSON, 16 years, 3 months, consumption.
13. Monroe KAYTON, 22 years, blood poisoning, Howard township.
19. Thos. E. FAULKE, 69 years, 9 months, lung fever, Taylor township.
22. Levina STRAIN, 30 years, 11 months, Bright’s disease, Union township.
26. Robert CHAMP, 60 years, dropsy, Center township.
7. Wardie PURVIS, 9 years, 5 months, diphtheria.
12. Thos. J. McGRATH, 25 years, killed by locomotive.
13. Mary E. PIERCE, 2 years, 5 months, brain
22. Lena E. TANNER, colored, 5 months, pneumonia.
25. Mary A. THATCHER, 5 months, scrofula.
26. Marsh M. DUVAL, 4 years, 6 months, laringitis [sic].
27. Charles JACKSON, 16 years, 9 months, brain
29. Hannah JENNINGS, 42 years, pneumonia, Center township.
2. Miner BURNS, 26 years, brain fever.
9. Charles BURNS, 2 years, lung fever.
21. Ruben H. PORTER, 60 years, lung fever, [unreadable] township.
4. Charles MESSERSMITH, 27 years,
erysipelas, Center township.
CAUSES OF DEATH.
The month of the least deaths was October, when but 5 occurred, while July recorded 19 — the highest death rate of the year.
To physicians especially will the causes of death be instructive. Consumption heads the list, closely followed by premature births, lung fever, and cholera infantum. This has been the ratio for years, and it shows that in this climate the lungs are the chiefest objective point for attack of disease.
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