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C. B. Overstreet Dies of Consumption

C. B. Overstreet, born December 14, 1823, died March 5, 1885.  Old Union Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, March 13, 1885

Mr. C. B. Overstreet died of consumption at his home, near Aliceton, at 5 minutes past 12 o’clock, Wednesday night, the 4th inst.  The deceased was 61 years old and was highly esteemed.  His remains were buried by the Masons at Union Church, last Friday.  Rev. R. H. Caldwell delivered the funeral discourse in the presence of a large audience of sorrowing friends.  He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Harmon, and a host of friends.

Mary A., wife of C. B. Overstreet, born April 15, 1834, died January 23, 1892.

1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic – Millions Die

The 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak took the world by storm. Some records say it infected 500 million people world-wide, and killed 50 to 100 million of them. Unusually this strain of flu killed those who would be considered strong enough to make it through an attack. Young adults 20 to 40 years old accounted for 99% of the influenza deaths in 1918-1919. Generally infants and adults over the age of 70 are those most in danger during a flu epidemic. The majority of deaths were from bacterial pneumonia, a secondary infection caused by influenza. This is borne out by the 1918 Kentucky death certificates that I examined – almost all deaths were from pneumonia, with influenza as the secondary cause. The virus also killed people directly, causing massive hemorrhages – from the nose, stomach, intestine and ears. In many instances, even if the flu did not result in death, people were so weakened by the illness that many jobs went undone, even digging graves for those who had died. Stores were closed. Health-care workers could not attend the sick. Mass graves were dug by steam shovel and bodies buried without coffins in many places over the world. An eastern Kentucky coal miner said the mines were closed for about six weeks, and “every porch that I’d look at would have a casket box a sittin’ on it.”

Influenza first appeared in Kentucky in Bowling Green, about September 27, 1918. Troops traveling from Texas on the Louisville and Nashville railroad stopped there and explored the city. They infected several local residents before returning to the train and traveling on. Louisville was the next city hit by the flu. It was calculated that there were approximately 1,000 cases there in the last few days of September. In the second and third weeks the deaths in Louisville were about 180 per week, and continued throughout the fall and winter months. On October 6th the Kentucky state board issued a state-wide proclamation closing all places of amusement, schools, churches and other places of assembly.


At the Kentucky Historical Society I took the microfilm roll of death certificates for 1918 and randomly copied about 15 to study for cause of death. Pneumonia and influenza were the major causes.

  • Elmer Stogsdill, Pulaski County, male, white, single, died October 23, 1918, from pneumonia preceded by influenza, duration of illness, 7 days. Born June 20, 1900, aged 18 years, 4 months and 3 days, farmer. Parents, William Stogsdill and Lucy Sears. Burial Bullock Cemetery.
  • Lucy J. Stogsdill, Pulaski County, female, white, married, died October 16, 1918, from pneumonia preceded by influenza. Born October 22, 1878, aged 40 years and 4 days, farmer. Parents, John W. Sears and Martha Phelps. Burial Bullock Cemetery. Evidently Elmer Stogsdill’s mother.
  • Alfred Kitgore, Pike County, male, white, married, died October 26, 1918, from influenza, pneumonia, duration of illness 6 days. Born March, 1898, in Virginia, aged 20 years, miner. Parents Robert Kilgore and Nellie Mays. Burial Belcher, Kentucky.
  • Clarence L. Shuck, Shelby County, male, white, married, died November 8, 1918, from pneumonia, influenza, duration of illness 10 days. Born August 16, 1893, aged 25 years, 2 months, 19 days, farmer. Parents, G. W. Shuck and Nancy K. Aldrage. Burial, Grove Hill.
  • Ora B. Stewart, Warren County, female, white, married, died October 15, 1918, from pneumonia, influenza and labor. Born December 27, 1883, aged 34 years, 9 months and 18 days, house keeper. Parents, Taylor Burton and Susan Fuqua. Burial, Parksville Cemetery. Did her baby die, too?
  • Monica Ford, Warren County, female, white, married, died October 11, 1918, from pneumonia, influenza, duration of illness 10 days. Born January 30, 1900, aged 18 years, 8 months and 12 days, house keeper. Parents, Sam Hurd and Fannie Miles. Burial, Barren River Chapel.
  • Gertrude Peak, Jefferson County, female, white, married, died December 2, 1918, from pneumonia, influenza. Born September 20, 1884, in Tennessee, aged 34 years, 2 months and 12 days, housewife. Parents, Thomas ? and Margaret Kinsey. Burial, St. Louis Cemetery.
  • Ida Alma Hubbach, Jefferson County, female, white, single, died December 8, 1918, from influenza, pneumonia. Born March 12, 1892, aged 26 years, 8 months and 6 days. Parents William Otto and Anna Schmidt, both born in Germany. Burial, St. Michael’s Cemetery.
  • Johnnie M. Carmack, Jefferson County, female, white, married, died December 11, 1918, from pneumonia following influenza, duration of illness 3 days. Born August 22, 1888, aged 30 years, 3 months and 19 days, house keeper. Parents John C. Mimmo and Donie S. Smith. Burial, Trenton, Kentucky.
  • Miss Pearl Bridges, Jefferson County, female, white, single, died December 13, 1918, from pneumonia and influenza. Born September 13, 1899, in Tennessee, aged 19 years, 3 months, at home. Parents Robert L. Bridges and Bettie Hickman. Burial, Cave Hill Cemetery.
  • George Emmett Durr, Jefferson County, male, white, married, died December 24, 1918, from influenza and pneumonia. Born August 22, 1884, aged 34 years, 4 months and 2 days, engineer. Parents, Thomas Durr and Susan Hackett. Burial, Middletown, Kentucky.
  • Hubert Ramey, Magoffin County, male, white, single, died October 22, 1918, from pneumonia and Spanish influenza, duration of illness 8 days. Born March 20, 1911, aged 7 years, 7 months and 2 days, at school. Parents, Eli Ramey and Marietta Montgomery. Burial, Resner Graveyard.
  • Samuel Jones, Magoffin County, male, white, single, died October 30, 1918, from influenza. Born December 28, 1895, aged 23 years, farmer. Parents Floyd Jones and Sarah Bailey. Burial, Gardner Bailey Graveyard.
  • Eliza Williams, Magoffin County, female, white, married, died October 30, 1918, from influenza. Born October 23, 1872,, aged 46 years, 7 days, house keeper. Parents W. A. Montgomery and Rebecca Howard. Burial, ?
  • Otto J. Peterson, no county, male, white, single, died December 13, 1918, from pneumonia, influenza, duration of illness 13 days. Born June 14, 1897, in South Dakota, aged 21 years, soldier. Mother, Mrs. Haus Peterson, Hettinger, South Dakota. Burial in South Dakota.
  • Mattie Hurt, Muhlenberg County, female, colored, single, died October 28, 1918, from influenza, pneumonia, duration of illness 6 days. Born January 19, 1901, aged 17 years, 9 months, school girl. Parents, Fount Hurt and Zela Wells. Burial West End Graveyard.
  • Virgil Mason Hendricks, Muhlenberg County, male, white, married, died October 20, 1918, from pneumonia following influenza, duration of illness 6 days. Born July 2, 1883, aged 35 years, 2 months and 18 days, coal miner. Parents, James William Hendricks, Nannie Madot. Burial Mulus Graveyard.
  • Pearly Hill, Owen County, female, white, married, died October 16, 1918, influenza complicated with pneumonia, duration of illness 6 days. Born January 10, 1890, aged 27 years, 9 months and 6 days, house keeper. Parents, Wesley Jackson and Minnie Cammack. Burial, ?

From The Weekly Advance from Ballard County, Kentucky, many deaths were reported due to pneumonia and influenza:

  • Rollie Lane, aged 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lane, four miles east of town, who enlisted in the United States Navy last summer, was taken ill of Spanish Influenza, September 24, on the battleship Maine; he was transferred to the hospital ship Mercy on September 30, and died October 5, 1918. His remains arrived at Portsmouth, Virginia, October 12 and forwarded to La Center; arrived here Monday night and taken to the home of his parents. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday at 1 p.m., by Elder W. W. Morris, and at 4 p.m., his body was laid to rest in the Antioch Cemetery. He is survived by a wife and one child, besides his parents and several brothers and sisters, and a great host of other relatives and friends. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all who knew him. October 18, 1918
  • Larkin Denton, aged 25, son of T. W. Denton, of near Oscar, died at his home, two miles west of town, last Thursday of pneumonia. His remains were buried in the Oscar Cemetery Friday. He is survived by his wife and two children, his parents and other relatives. He was a prosperous young farmer and had many friends who mourn his demise. November 1, 1918
  • Our neighbor city Barlow has had quite a time with the influenza for the past few weeks. There have been many deaths of the “flu”. Last Sunday and Sunday night there were four deaths there, as follows: Mrs. Will Webb and baby, Mrs. Rob Price and Mrs. J. I. Harlan. On Monday morning the body of Mrs. Dick, sister of Mrs. Carl Parsons, who died in Cairo, was brought to Barlow for burial. There have been several other deaths but particulars were not given to us. November 1, 1918
  • Our neighbor city, Barlow, has been in a sad plight for some weeks, having a siege of “flu” and pneumonia. Two more deaths have occurred there the past week. Mrs. J. W. Manor, a splendid woman, died there last Saturday. Sunday night Mrs. India Cummins, wife of Dan Cummins, Jr., died of a complication of diseases. She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. Rudolph, and a host of other relatives and friends. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the friends all over the county. November 8, 1918
  • Gladys Wolfe, aged 25, died Monday night at the home of her father, J. B. Newman, near Kevil, after an illness of pneumonia following an attack of influenza. She is survived by her husband, F. B. Wolfe, her parents, a little girl, Hallie, one sister, Mary Newman, two brothers, O. T. Newman and Sgt. A. B. Newman, who is in service in France, and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, by Rev. R. H. Pigue, and burial was in the family graveyard. November 8, 1918
  • German Andrews, 35 years old, died at his home in Paducah last Friday morning at 8:45 o’clock, and at 10 o’clock, the same day, his wife, Mrs. Sampa Andrews, died, aged about 32 years. Both died of pneumonia following the “flu”. They are survived by one child, James Andrews. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Bethel Church, in this county, by Rev. R. H. Pigue. Mrs. Andrews was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Wills, formerly of this county. December 13, 1918
  • Roland Sale, aged 41, died at her home in La Center, Saturday night, December 21, 1918, of heart trouble. Mrs. Sale had been quite ill for two weeks or more of influenza, but had about recovered, and was feeling able to be up when she died suddenly. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock by R. H. Pigue, after which her remains were buried in the Sale graveyard, two miles southwest of La Center. Mrs. Elizabeth Gary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Gary, was born October 8, 1877. She was married to Roland T. Sale February 2, 1896, and to this union were born four children, Aubrey, Anna, Warren and Wilton. She is survived by her husband and four children, her aged father and mother, one sister and four brothers. She was a member of the Christian Church at Kevil and had lived a consistent Christian life. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community.
  • James Madison Talley was born in Ballard County April 7, 1841, died January 22, 1919, aged 77 years, 9 months, 15 days. Mr. Talley had been ill of influenza and pneumonia from which he died after an illness of one week. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church for 15 years. He was a Civil War veteran and had many friends in this county. He leaves a wife, Malinda Talley, three children, Mary Yarbrough, Walter and George Talley, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Other Kentucky newspapers have the same sad tidings:

The Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, November 21, 1918

  • A Triple Burying – In Cumberland last Sunday three person were interred at the same graveyard, all of whom were victims of influenza. Pneumonia, however, brought on their deaths.  John D. Smith, a married man and a son of Floyd Smith, had been ill for more than ten days and passed away Saturday. One of the other victims was a daughter of Wilse Sturgill (Hanely) and was about sixteen, the other was a daughter of David Boggs and was also a young woman. We offer sympathies to these good people in their awful distress. Quite a number of other cases of influenza are reported in that section of the county.

The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky, November 27, 1918

  • C. M. Payne nee Miss Bertha Moore, formerly a resident of this place died of pneumonia in Louisville, November 13, 1918, where she had gone to see her brother who is ill of pneumonia at the Base Hospital at Camp Taylor. She was born August 4, 1886 at Repton, Kentucky. At about sixteen years of age she joined the Baptist church there where she held her membership at the time of her death. On June 7, 1914, she was married to C. M. Payne, and until about a year ago they were residents of this place. To know Mrs. Payne was to love her. Her sweet Christian life was an inspiration to all and her kind words have comforted many in time of sorrow. She was a devoted wife and to her only child, Anna Rae, an ideal mother, ever patient and kind. Whether at home or in the church she was always ready to do God’s bidding. Though her many friends and loved ones will miss her they are assured that He who rewards the giver of even a cup of water, will reward her for her life of service. Her remains were laid to rest at the family burying ground at Repton. She leaves a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, child and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

The Hartford Herald, Hartford, Kentucky, October 30, 1918

  • Connie foster, wife of Mr. Byren Foster, died at her home at Covington Saturday morning of pneumonia super-induced by an attack of Spanish Influenza. Mrs. Foster was formerly Miss Connie King, of Covington, before her marriage to Mr. Foster two years ago. Her husband is a son of Mr. Isaac Foster, of Hartford. He was at Atlanta, Georgia, when notified of her illness but reached Covington before her death. She was buried at Covington yesterday evening at two o’clock. Mrs. Isaac Foster attended the funeral.

Mt. Sterling Advocate, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, October 15, 1918

  • The death angel visited this county Sunday morning and took from those she loved and loved her, Mrs. Laura Dean Faulkner. Mrs. Faulkner had been a sufferer from Spanish Influenza and pneumonia developed which caused her death. Deceased was about thirty-four years of age. Besides her husband, Dr. Morton Faulkner, she is survived by five children, four of whom are confined to their rooms with Spanish Influenza. Mrs. Faulkner was a woman of lovely Christian character, being a member of the Christian church, and always took an interest in religious work. She gave much of her time to Red Cross work and other war work in her community and will be sadly missed by a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at three o’clock by Rev. Clyde Darsie, with burial in Machpelah Cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the grief-stricken family in their hour of sorrow.
  • W. S. Smathers this morning received a telegram stating that his brother, Mr. J. Martin Smathers had died at his home in Brownwood, Texas, on Friday, October 11th, of pneumonia. No further particulars of his death were given. Mr. Smathers had made his home in Texas for a long number of years, and prior to going to the state resided in Bath County. He was the oldest brother of Mr. W. S. Smathers, of this city, and Mr. A. G. Smathers, of Bath County. He was a big-hearted, upright, conscientious man and had a host of friends in this and Bath County who will be grieved to learn of his death.

Mount Vernon Signal, Mount Vernon, Kentucky, October 25, 1918

  • Carl King, son of Mr. George W. King, and a merchant at Crab Orchard, died there last night of influenza. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Beulah Wallin, daughter of W. D. Wallin, also of the East End. Mr. King was about 35 years old and was a very popular, clever young man. He had lots of friends in his home town who deeply regret his demise. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and parents in their great loss.
  • Nothing has been needed worse than lights during the influenza epidemic and no industry has had the difficulty in trying to keep going that the Mt. Vernon Power Company has had. Mr. Perciful, his son Willie, and Alfred Bryant, the three who operate the plant have all been down. Homer Proctor came to our rescue for one night, when he was taken sick. Had it not been for S. T. Proctor, who dropped his own work and took charge, the town would have been in darkness for more than a week. Not only the Power Company, but the people of the town owe Mr. Proctor a vote of thanks and a debt of gratitude for his sacrifice. Mr. Bryant is now able to be back on the job for half time, and in two or three nights, the regular all-night service will be resumed.
  • Deaths since October 16th: Mrs. Hester Mullins, wife of Dolphie Mullins, of Pine Hill, from pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. Will Doan, of Mt. Vernon, and two children. Mr. Doan has been in a critical condition, but some better at this time. A child of Bev Thomas on the 18th and one on the 19th. Both influenza victims. Willie Payne, age about 19 years, son of W. D. Payne, died of pneumonia following influenza. The seven year old daughter of W. G. Clark, of Livingston, died of influenza. Mr. Clark lost another child about a month ago. John William Morris’ daughter at Pine Hill, died from influenza. The baby of Mrs. Susie Cummins. Sam Lewis Sowder, age 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Micajah Sowder, died Monday night of pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. William McHargus, who was Miss Mattie Butner before her marriage, died Tuesday of pneumonia, following influenza. A son of Charley Cromer, of the Skeggs Creek section, died of influenza. A son of Will Ponder of near Livingston died last Monday and on Friday Mr. Ponder lost his daughter – both victims of flu. Miss Isabelle Tyree, living near the fairgrounds, died of influenza. Mrs. George Hellard died at Livingston from the effects of influenza. Eugene Gentry, son of the late George Gentry, died last night of influenza and heart trouble. A small child of Steve Morris died at Pine Hill last night. The second death occurred in the family of Micajah Sowder last night, when their five year old baby passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Sowder are certainly having more than their share to bare.

There are so many more instances of Spanish Influenza and the horrors it inflicted on people world-wide. I wanted to share a few from the state of Kentucky. Until I did a little research I never realized how devastating this epidemic truly was. Do you have ancestors who died during this outbreak? As far as I know I don’t have direct ancestors, but there were probably distant cousins or aunts or uncles who lost their lives during this time period. Our lives are shaped not only by the people around us, but the history they live through, and so it continues back through the years. History is not a ‘dry as dust’ reading of dates and people and places far removed. History is what our ancestors lived through, and how it shaped their lives – for good or bad.

Into a Watery Grave

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

July 18, 1907

Into a Watery Grave

Sad Fate of Four Members of a Camping Party on Beech Fork on Last Friday Morning

Event Casts a Shadow of Gloom Over The Town

The Dead

Jacob L. Pardieu

Miss Nellie Noe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Noe

Miss Mary Comstock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T.   Comstock

Eddie Brown, colored boy, son of Bell Brown

While members of a fishing camp, the persons whose names appear above met death in a watery grave on last Friday morning in Beech Fork River, about three quarters of a mile from Maud, a small town on the Springfield and Bloomfield turnpike and about twelve miles from Springfield.  The unfortunate victims were all residents of Springfield.  The bodies of Miss Comstock and the colored boy were recovered shortly after the accident and within a few feet of where they were seen to sink.  The body of Miss Nellie Noe was recovered at about 11 o’clock on the following morning, a quarter of a mile below the fatal spot and below the old mill.  Mr. Pardieu’s remains were not recovered until Sunday morning when the body rose to the surface near the spot where the accident occurred and was found floating.

There has not been an event to occur in Springfield for years that has cast such a gloom over the entire community as the sad accident which took away the lives of four well-known people in the town.  The first message came by telephone from Maud and stated that four persons had been drowned.  The news spread like wild fire and everyone was soon making anxious inquiries for particulars.  Later reports confirmed the sad tidings and it was definitely learned that the victims of the unfortunate accident were Misses Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock, Mr. Jake Pardieu and Eddie Brown, the little colored boy.  Immediately searching parties were organized and more than a hundred men from Springfield were on their way to the river, prepared to search for the missing bodies.  Before the Springfield crowd had reached the spot the bodies of Miss Comstock and that of the colored boy, Eddie Brown, had been recovered.  News of the disaster had spread through all the neighborhood and during the day several hundred people had gathered on the river banks to render what aid they could in recovering the bodies of the unfortunate victims.

The Accident

There are a number of more or less conflicting reports about the particulars of the accident, but after talking with some of the eyewitnesses the News Leader is able to give the following version which we believe to be correct in all its essential details.  A camping party made up of the families of Messrs. C. W. Noe, Jake Pardieu, Richard Walker, W. T. Comstock, besides other friends had been in camp on the river bank for a day or two.  The men had placed a trot line and had been engaged in “running” it and for purpose had used two or three small row boats.  Two of those boats, especially, were frail affairs and were not intended for rough use.  In the party were two young men, Messrs. Harlan White and Arthur Thompson, who suggested to the young girls, Misses Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock that they go boat riding.  Accordingly the two small boats were brought into use and Miss Noe embarked in the boat with Harland White, while Miss Comstock went with young Thompson.  The young people were rowing about in the big pool of water above the old mill dam, which is quite deep in places.  Mr. Pardieu was in a larger boat and with him was the Negro boy, Eddie Brown.  He rowed out to where the young folks were and called to them to come back up to the shore, that he wanted them to help with the trot line.  While Pardieu was near the boats Miss Nellie Noe became alarmed at the water rising in the boat in which she was riding and clamored over into the boat occupied by Pardieu.  The other small boat containing Miss Comstock and young Thompson also drew near and Miss Comstock also attempted to get into the larger boat, but missed and fell into the water.  Mr. Pardieu dropped from the side of his boat to help the girl, but in some manner, probably owing to the moving over of the other occupants, the boat was upset.  In the excitement and probably in their efforts to help the girls the three men and the colored boy and the two girls were all floundering about in the water, which was some twelve or fifteen feet deep.  The three boats were overturned and useless.  Just what happened then, accounts differ.  The current at that point was swift and the unfortunate young people appeared to be doomed.  The struggle was brief.  The drowning girls grasped desperately at their companions and Mr. Pardieu was seen to be making a brave effort to save one or both of the girls, but the boats were gone and the shore was too far away to reach.  Before any of the other members of the party on shore could reach the spot the waters had closed over the unfortunate young ladies and the colored boy, and Pardieu, who was a good swimmer, was making a desperate struggle.  He was evidently too nearly exhausted, however, to make any progress and soon sank for the last time.  In the meantime the two young men, Thompson and White, after struggling in the water managed to grasp one of the capsized boats and to cling on until help reached them.  White was almost unconscious, having gone down twice before grasping the boat to which he clung.

Searching for the Dead

The news of the terrible disaster soon spread and willing workers came from every direction, and the work of rescuing the dead from the watery grave was begun.  Owing to heavy rains the night before, the river had begun to rise that morning and the swift current made the work of the searchers quite difficult.  After a short time the bodies of Miss Comstock and later that of the colored boy were brought to the surface and cared for.  All day Friday a hundred men dragged and dived in the river in the vicinity of the fatal spot in an effort to locate the two missing bodies, but without success.  The particular place is known as the “old mill pond” and a long and deep hole of water is formed in the river by an old mill dam over which the water was flowing freely on the day of the accident.  The use of dynamite was resorted to in the hope of causing the bodies to come to the surface, but the effort was unsuccessful.  With the coming of night the work of the searchers was suspended, but early on Saturday morning the work began again and was carried on systematically more thoroughly.  The searchers extended operations on down the river below the dam and here it was that the remains of poor Nellie Noe were discovered where they had lodged in shallow water.  The point was about a quarter of a mile below the scene of the disaster.  Encouraged by the finding of this body, the searchers went to work with renewed energy in their efforts to locate the one remaining corpse, that of Mr. Pardieu.  Despite heroic work, however, no trace of the missing body was discovered, and the tired out searchers went to their respective houses Saturday evening with their work yet unfinished.

On Sunday morning the news came to town that the body of Pardieu had been discovered.  It was found floating in the pool near where it had gone down by a colored man, Tyler Bland, who was on the river bank alone at an early hour.  The treacherous waters had given up their dead after successfully resisting the efforts of searchers for forty-eight hours.  The remains were taken to a neighboring house and later on brought to town.  There was a general expression of relief and thankfulness that the last of the earthly remains of the unfortunate victims of the great disaster had been recovered.

The Funerals

The sad duty of burying the dead was the next trial of their friends.  The services over the remains of Miss Mary Comstock took place at the Baptist church at 3 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, and were largely attended.  The funeral discourse was delivered by the regular pastor, Rev. W. H. Williams, and six of her girlfriends acted as pallbearers.  The interment was in Cemetery Hill.

On Sunday afternoon the friends of the departed ones were called on to witness the sad and unusual occurrence of a funeral service over two remains at one time.  At St. Dominic Church at the same hour the funeral ceremony over the remains of Miss Nellie Noe and Mr. Jake Pardieu was held, and later on the two bodies were consigned to rest in St. Dominic Cemetery.  Six girlfriends and schoolmates of Miss Noe carried the remains of their departed friend to the grave.

Eddie Brown, the colored lad, was buried on Saturday evening on Cemetery Hill, after services at the colored Baptist Church.


Jacob L. Pardieu, December 8, 1869 – July 12, 1907, St. Dominic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Jacob L. Pardieu

Jacob L. Pardieu had lived in the vicinity of Springfield about 17 years.  His parents came from North Carolina and he was born in Claybourne County, Tennessee, where his parents resided for a while before coming to Kentucky.  He was 38 years of age and at an early age was married to Miss Mattie Walker, daughter of Mr. Green Walker, at Logood, Indiana.  Besides his wife, four children, the oldest being a son of 15 years, survive.  There was perhaps not a more industrious and hardworking man in the county than Jake Pardieu.  He worked and struggled sometimes through adversity in an effort to provide a competency for his family and he won the respect and friendship of all with whom he came in contact.  The bereaved wife and little children have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss.

Mary Comstock

Born August 1897, died July 12, 1907, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Comstock, and was born and reared in Springfield.  She was of a bright and cheerful disposition and had many warm friends both among her young associates and among the older people of the community.  She had been a member of the Springfield Baptist Church for several years and her life was that of a conscientious Christian character.  She had been a regular attendant of the Springfield Graded School and was a bright pupil and a general favorite with her classmates.

In the death of Mary Comstock a father and mother have lost a valuable aid and comfort, and brother and sisters will miss her kindly advice and help.


Nellie Noe, Mary 20, 1889 – July 12, 1907, St. Dominic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Nellie Noe

Another one of the victims of the distressing tragedy was born May 20, 1889, and was consequently just eighteen years of age.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Noe and was born and reared in Springfield.  There was perhaps no brighter mind, nor stronger character among the younger set of girls of Springfield than possessed by Nellie Noe.  She was ambitious and talented.  She stood at the head in her classes at school and won the respect and love of both teachers and pupils.  She was the idol of her devoted parents and her shocking death was a sad blow to them which will tax all their Christian fortitude for them to bear.  The heartfelt sympathy of many friends of the bereaved family goes out to them in this their sad hour.

A Tribute

Nellie, how very, very much you will be missed, especially so by loved ones at home and associates as well.  How sad the death of this sweet girl and in such a shocking way.  God in heaven, give father, mother, sisters and brother strength to bear this great grief.  Oh how sad it must and does make the entire community and how very sincerely do all sympathize with them.  Nellie was loved by all who knew her, she being of a bright and loving disposition, was a general favorite, to  know her was to love her.  Sunny and pleasant seemingly making it her one point to be congenial to all alike.  How cruel this sudden snatching her from our midst seems, how hard it must be for loved ones to bear.  But remember, bereaved ones, this will give you a desire to live a good, Christian life in that you may meet her in heaven.  Nellie, in her own sweet way, was always ready to lend a helping hand to any who need help, always glad to be of service to her companions, thereby commanding their love and good will.  She was a sweet and obedient child to her parents, their will being her pleasure.  Again do we most sincerely ask God a blessing on bereaved ones in this their unspeakable loss with the assurance that one day all things will be made plain to those who trust to God their all in all.  J. O. W.  Maryville, Tennessee

The Relationship

Mr. Pardieu and Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock were closely related by blood and marriage.  Mr. Pardieu’s wife and Nellie Noe’s mother are sisters, they being members of the Walker family.  Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock were own cousins, Mrs. Comstock being a sister of Mr. Charles Noe, the father of Nellie.