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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sympathy Saturday - Edmund S. DeLong

Edmund Shackelford DeLong, Jr. was the younger son of Edmund S. DeLong, Sr. and Fannie Lucas. I have not been able to ascertain what injury caused the septicemia that killed Ed.

Lexington Herald, 5/16/1897:
Suffers a Change for the Worse and His Parents

Are Telegraphed For -- Mr. and Mrs. DeLong Leave-A Later Message More Hopeful.

A Telegram bearing the distressing news that E. S. DeLong, Jr. was dangerously worse and calling his father to his bedside was received here yesterday. The message was from Dr. Gibney, who performed the operation on his limb at his hospital in New York several days ago, and read as follows: "Ed very ill; come on first train."

Mr. DeLong rushed to the Q & C depot and succeeded in catching the north bound train. Mrs. DeLong followed by the noon C & O train. Just before leaving she received another dispatch from Dr. Gibney stating that Ed showed an improvement and that there was a chance of saving his life.

Mr. and Mrs. DeLong will both arrive in New York about noon today. The entire community, in which young Mr. DeLong enjoys such popularity, will anxiously hope that further news will be of his rapid improvement and restoration to health.

Lexington Herald, 5/17/1897:


Much the Same as Saturday. His Parents Arrive in New York.

Telegrams received from the beside of Mr. Ed DeLong, Jr. reported little change in his condition. The last message received in the afternoon stated that Mr. and Mrs. DeLong had just arrived and that Ed was still holding his own with a chance of improvement. Everything is being done to save his life and the prospects for doing so seem brighter.

Lexington Herald, 6/13/1897:

The Body of Ed DeLong to Arrive This Morning; Burial this Afternoon at 4:30 O'clock.


The remains of Ed DeLong, whose death in New York cast a gloom over his many friends here, will arrive over the C & O at 8 o'clock this morning. His mother preceded the body, which was detained by the undertaker preparatory to shipment. She reached home yesterday at 5:20 a.m. Mr. James L. DeLong, brother of the deceased arrived last night from Kansas City.

The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, at the family residence on North Limestone, and will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Bartlett. The pall bearers will be Marshall Guerrant, Frank Bacon, Jno. Bowman, Bent Goodloe, Rogers Clay, Charles Kemp, John Woolfolk, W. E. Simms.

[Researcher's note: Even though his parents are buried in the Lexington Cemetery, there is no record of Ed being buried there. Surely he was buried on the family plot. I haven't worked my way yet to that section.]
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