Augustus Ley | 1839-1900
This blog series explores the lives of Ley ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Iron Valley Reporter (Canal Dover) (front page):
A Prominent Citizen
of Port Washington Drops Dead in His Dry Good Store. Had Been Feeling Well.
Augustus Ley, a prominent citizen of Port Washington, dropped dead in his retail dry goods store at that place about 10 o’clock Monday forenoon.
Mr. Ley had apparently been enjoying good health and died without a moment’s warning, while attending to his usual duties.
He had finished writing a letter and crossed the room for a postage stamp; after moistening the stamp to put on the letter he fell with the stamp in his fingers and before he could paste it on the envelope.
There was no person in the store at the time excepting his daughter Minnie.
News of his sudden death spread with great rapidity, causing a great shock everywhere. Apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause of death.
What else was going on in the world Dec. 17, 1900? Earlier that Fall, a German engineer patents front-wheel drive in automobiles. The 2nd Olympics wrap up after five months in Paris, which begins hosting the World’s Fair almost immediately afterward. Communications between Ban Johnson and Nick Young, commissioners of baseball’s American and National leagues, respectively, begin to lay the groundwork for a combined Major Leagues, and the first World Series, which will be played less than three years later.