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From: Gail Dickinson <>
Subject: Re: [PACAMBRI] Obits July 14, 1911 Cambria Freeman
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:21:05 -0800 (PST)
Forgive my replying to the list, but I was intrigued by the many heat wave deaths reported. I did a bit of digging, and found this:
The source is www.history.com, This Day in History
On this day in 1911, record temperatures are set in the northeastern United States as a deadly heat wave hits the area that would go on to kill 380 people. In Nashua, New Hampshire, the mercury peaked at 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Other high-temperature records were set all over New England during an 11-day period.
The area from Pennsylvania northeast to Maine was most affected by the stifling heat. New York City was particularly hard hit. In fact, the New York City Health Department put out one of its very first heat advisories during July 1911. Mayor William Gaynor tried to make sure that the city's ice dealers could keep up their deliveries; in the time before refrigeration, ice was critical in keeping the food supply from spoiling.
By July 13, New York had reported 211 people dead from the excessive heat. One man, apparently disoriented from heat exhaustion, overdosed on strychnine. In Philadelphia, 159 people died from the heat. The types of deaths ascribed to the heat could vary quite a bit in 1911, with some authorities including those who drowned while attempting to cool off by swimming in the count. Heat also sometimes bent rail lines, causing train derailments; deaths in any resulting accidents might also be attributed to the heat. Heat stroke, however, is the typical cause of heat-related deaths. Extremely hot or humid weather or vigorous activity in the sun can lead the body's temperature-regulation mechanisms to fail, causing body heat to rise to dangerous levels. Symptoms of heat stroke include a headache, dizziness, confusion and hot, dry, flushed skin, as well as a rapid heartbeat and hallucinations.
The end of the 1911 heat wave was marked by a severe thunderstorm that killed five people.
Gail Dickinson (Bourdess, Thomas, Layton)
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Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2012 11:02 AM
Subject: [PACAMBRI] Obits July 14, 1911 Cambria Freeman
Cambria Freeman, Ebensburg, Pa.
Friday, July 14, 1911
Volume 45, Number 28
Mrs. Stineman Dead
Mrs. Jacob C. Stineman of South Fork, wife of
the former senator, died at her home Wednesday afternoon, following a brief
illness of acute indigestion, aggravated by heat prostration.
Mrs. Stineman was born near South Fork nearly
66 years ago and had resided in the vicinity of that town nearly all her
life. December 20, 1866 she was married to the Hon. J. C. Stineman,
her maiden name being Ella Varner. She
was the mother of eight children, seven of whom survive: Albert Meade,
Washington; Irvin; Nettie; May, the wife of Dr. G. A. Slick; Oliver Morton and
Jacob Wilbur, all of South Fork and Harvey C., a resident of Westmont. All
her children with the exception of one son, W. I. Stineman, who is in New Mexico, were at her bedside when the summons
James Noon Dead
Loretto, July 4
After practically an entire life of suffering
throughout which he was patient and not without hope, James Noon, son of the
late Michael Noon
and Mrs. Ellen Noon,
died at his mother’s home in Carroll Township Tuesday morning from hemorrhages of the
When a child, Mr. Noon suffered an attack of
mumps which left him subject to epileptic fits and made him a dependent. He is survived by his mother and these
brothers and sisters: Dennis; Dominic;
Chrysosthom; and Philip; Bridget, wife of Joseph M. Hubber; and Jane and
Margaret, at home.
The funeral was held from St. Michael’s Church
Saw His Brother
With his brother for a “buddy” Andrew Forty
was working in P. C. & C. Mine No. 27 at St. Boniface Monday morning when
he was crushed and killed by a fall of rock. The unfortunate man was 22 years
old and an Italian. He was unmarried.
Foreigner in the
A foreigner who worked in the mines at Sonman
died recently after suffering for three weeks with hemorrhages from the nose.
Lewis McCracken, aged 73 years, one of Clearfield county’s highly esteemed businessmen, died
last week at his home near Kerrmoor.
Foreigners Jump from
Two foreigners jumped from a freight train
near Meyersdale on Friday, landing in front of a passenger train. One is dead and the other may die.
Miss Cora Blough is the eighth member of the
family of John H. Blough near Johnstown to be sick with typhoid fever. One of the sons died and the mother and one
son are still confined to bed. The
others recovered more rapidly.
Frank Marshall and
Richard Knox Smith
Frank Marshall, a well known saddler,
residing at Indiana, was overcome by the heat last week and died
in a few moments.
Richard Knox Smith, aged 18 years, also of Indiana, died of tetanus, which developed from a
wound received on June 14th when he stepped on a spike.
Killed by a Fall
While gathering cherries on a farm near Indiana, Philip Cuppett, aged 60, a cattle dealer,
was instantly killed by falling from the tree, his neck being broken. The unfortunate man had many relatives and
friends in this city and vicinity, among them being: Jere Clark of
Hooversville; Mrs. Mary Ripple of 614 Oak Street, Johnstown; Mrs. E. E. Mudgett of the Seventeenth ward,
Johnstown, and Mrs. Rininger of Hooversville. His funeral was held Monday, a number of
persons from Johnstown being in attendance.
Ebensburg Child Dead
The funeral of Robert Eberly, six years of
age, who died at 10 o’clock
Monday morning at the Eberly home on Julian Street, was held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from Holy Name Church, with interment in the church cemetery. The little fellow had been ill for some time
David Goughnour Dead
David Goughnour, aged 78, former Street
Commissioner of East Conemaugh and one of the best known Civil War veterans of
this region, was found dead under a tree near the Goughnour homestead Monday by
a foreigner who was passing the place. It is supposed that Mr. Goughnour was
overcome by heat. The deceased years ago
was a constable in Conemaugh and also served as Burgess of Conemaugh for a
term. Two daughters, Anne, wife of Edward Rorabaugh of Conemaugh and Minnie,
married and residing in Derry, and these sons survive: George, Charles, Governeur, Harry and Blaine,
all of Conemaugh. Mr. Goughnour was very
well liked by all who knew him well.
Miner Kills Self
St. Benedict, July
Despondent as a result from worry and ill
health induced by the excessive heat, Joe Olson, a Swedish miner, 35 years old,
committed suicide here this afternoon by slashing his throat with a razor. Olson, according to his friends, recently
went on a protracted debauch and was in bad shape for some time. About a week ago he was taken in hand by his
friends and straightened out. The last
few days, however, he seemed to be greatly affected by the heat. He complained of his sufferings and gave no
intimation that he contemplated suicide.
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