February 13, 1879
In Whitefield township, February 8, suddenly, John Underwood, aged 78 years
John Underwood, an old residenter of Whitefield, died suddenly on Saturday. He is an old man, and was feeling sensibly the infirmity of age. He got up that morning as usual, ate his breakfast, and lit his pipe as he was wont; and enjoyed a smoke. His son had gone to Henry. After setting up some time he went towards his couch, and in the act of lying down, without warning, he fell over, and was dead. Mr. Underwood was the first blacksmith in the township, and has been a resident thereof about 38 years. He was a modest man, a kind neighbor, and good citizen. We never knew him to have trouble with anybody. His second wife survives him and is nearly his age. A sister, a Mrs. Ostrander, of Bureau county, was able to be at the funeral, which was held at the Christian church on Monday afternoon. The congregation was very large of sympathizers with the bereft family.
July 20, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican
Still another in the list of accidents. Killed by the train on the morning of the 17th, a young man, name unknown, age about 19 years, hight 5 feet 6 inches, light complexion, blue eyes and light auburn hair. Had on black felt pants, light colored cotton underpants, two shirts, one white the other striped, dark cotton socks with white toes, heavy shoes tied with leather strings.
July 18, 1878
A fatal case of sunstroke occurred on the farm of L. Green, about two miles northeast of Lawn Ridge on Friday. The victim was a German in the employ of Mr. Green. He was pitching hay on to a wagon in the field at the time he was stricken; and died before he could be got to the house. He was a single man and had no relatives in America. Decomposition was so rapid that he had to be buried as soon as a coffin could be procured.
Mrs. Amanda Updegraff (nee Kellogg)
November 20, 1873
At Knights Landing, Yola county, California, Oct. 10, of consumption, Mrs. Amanda Kellogg, aged 43 years, wife of the late W. H. Updegraff, and daughter of Hiram Kellogg, formerly of Whitefield.
We learn through Mrs. David Culver of the death of Mrs. Amanda Updegraff, at Knights Landing, California, which
took place October 10. Her disease was consumption, which the boasted zephyrs of that clime, in her case has failed
to cure. She was a delicate woman, feeble a number of years prior to her demise, but tenacious of life, hopeful
and detemined to live. About a week before her death she finally gave up, took her couch, and gradually sunk to
sleep. She formerly lived here, and was the daughter of Hiram Kellogg. She went to California with a sister some
20 years ago, forming the acquaintance and marrying Mr. William Harrison Updegraff, by whom she had two children.
Mr. Updegraff died some 10 years ago. The children are nearly grown, and a considerable estate is left to them.
Mrs. U. was a beautiful woman, adorning any society with which she was connected. Her age was 43 years. Her father,
and brothers Justin and Harry, are located at Grand Island, about 60 miles distant from the sister.
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