Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2002 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

The importance of one

With the election coming up, I remembered something I'd read in a number
of places. I don't know the author, but I clipped it from Ann Landers
some time ago:

One vote can make all the difference! Look!

One vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England in 1645.

One vote caused Charles I of England to be executed in 1849.

One vote gave America the English language instead of German in 1776.

One vote brought Texas into the Union in 1845.

One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from removal from office in 1868.

One vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic in 1875.

One vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the U.S. Presidency in 1876.

One vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party in 1923.

One vote saved the draft from revocation, just weeks before Pearl Harbor
was attacked in 1941.

Here's a query for Hall researchers: Among the cemetery book listings
for Concord Cemetery are Samuel Newton Hall and his wife, Fannie. Also
in their lot are listed two children: Lyman and Raymond Hall, both of
whom died on the same date, April 3, 1897. One little boy was 3 and the
other was 5. Does anyone know what they died of? If so, please call the
library or drop in to tell us. We have a researcher inquiring, and we
are unable to find an answer.

This is a rather typical situation in family plots in that time period.
In my Grandfather Cleveland's plot, there are five small tombstones,
mute testimony to the grief pioneer families must have felt. The
oldest of the five children was 2 years old. Did they have diphtheria,
measles, scarlet fever or "summer complaint?" Very few parents were able
to raise all their children to adulthood. The death of a child was an
expected thing, but that surely didn't make it any easier. We really
can't say those were the "good old days." Many factors of living have
improved dramatically. Thankfully, health and health care are two of the
more important ones showing dramatic improvement.


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