Another Fatal Case of Diphtheria

“The first child that was attacked by diphtheria on the West Side proved fatal1 Monday morning at an early hour. Chelsey Moore2, the bright infant son of James Moore, is the one we refer to. He survived until the disease had spread among other children, suffered perhaps intensely and then had to succumb to death. It was a sad blow to the parents, and also to the friends, who were compelled to be quarantined, and not show their respects to the dead and grief-stricken souls, to prevent exposure to their families. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, from the family residence near Moore’s Landing, and the remains were taken to Friendship and interred in the church graveyard.”3

  1. “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 September 2014), Scioto > Death records, 1867-1880, vol 1 > image 283 of 491; county courthouses, Ohio.
  2. The headstone at Friendship Cemetery records that the child’s name was Shirley E Moore.
  3. Another Fatal Case of Diphtheria. (1886, December 18). Portsmouth Times, p. 5.
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