i A Time and a Place...: How the Times Have Changed...

Saturday, March 31, 2007

How the Times Have Changed...

I was perusing my pictures and came across a clipping that is in my Grandparent's folder about a relative who died on April 7th, 1891, in San Saba, Texas. He and his wife and four children lived at Dublin, Texas and he had driven a team pulling a freight wagon to San Saba, evidently to deliver dry goods of some sort.

While he was at San Saba, he caught pneumonia and died. This clipping is the account of that occurrence. I marvel at the eloquence, although he was a stranger to my relative, of the writer's description of my relative's death. (My relative was either an Uncle or Cousin)

The clipping is somewhat faded and awkward to read so I will type the contents below.

"Mr N C Brummett, who came to Dublin a few months ago with his family, but who left his family here while he went on to San Saba, died at that place on Monday night. He was a good man and leaves a wife and four children, who are still living in Dublin. The following in regard to his death is clipped from the San Saba News:

'Mr N. C. Brummett, a stranger who came to San Saba a few weeks ago as a teamster, and who has been sick at Dr. Ketchum's office ever since, died Monday night. He had been exposed and contracted pneumonia and suffered intensely. His brother-in-law, from Dublin, was with him during the last few days of his life and kind hands have ministered to his wants as best they could. He confessed himself freely before he died and said he was ready to die.
All that was mortal of him was committed to earth in the Odd Fellow's cemetery Tuesday morning.

It is seldom a sadder death occurs as he was indeed a stranger in a strange land, away from his home and his loved ones and all the surroundings that would have tended to rob the monster of his terrors.
His family, though unknown to the people of San Saba, have their sincerest sympathy.'"

What a heartfelt obituary this is of a stranger who died in a strange land. A hundred and sixteen years later, I thank the good people of San Saba for their concern and kindness.



Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Not every single thing about the good old days was good.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Miz Micks said...

shows that people cared for others. must have been grannys brother.its good to see that in print again miz-micks

12:20 AM  

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