Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 148
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members of the same family died in succession, all of whom were treated by Dr. Briggs
and myself in connection. Disease of the heart was undoubtedly the cause of death in
one of these cases, though the intermittent character obtained in all of them, except the
last, of which I will give the details hereafter.22
On Monday, the 3d, there was but one death, a German girl, treated by her
father with Simmon's Liver Regulator. This occurred on Travis street, between
Washington and Milam.23
On Tuesday, the 4th, three deaths occurred; one on Washington street,
between Front and Travis; one mulatto woman on Washington, between Travis and
Milam streets, and one negress, on .24
On Wednesday, the 5th, there was but one death, on Washington, between
Front and Travis streets.25
Thursday, the 6th, there was but one, at the boarding house, south side of
public square, after which it was evacuated, never to be occupied again.26
Friday, the 7th, there was one death, on Chester [Charter] street, at the
eastern extremity of Preston.27
Saturday, the 8th. One death, on Travis, between Preston and Dewees
Sunday, the 9th. One, a negro, on Crockett, between Front street and the
river. This case occurred in my practice, and was undoubtedly a well defined case of
On Tuesday, the 11 th, one death, corner of Front and Washington streets.3"
On Friday, the 14th, there were two deaths, both in my practice; one, at the
corner of Travis and Walnut streets, had recovered from original attack and relapsed,
recovered, and relapsed again, and died. The other, on the corner of Travis and Preston
streets, had no symptoms of anything but a remittent fever until the day of his death,
and then peculiarities of the case suggested the idea that he was dying from poison.3'
22 Editor's note: Mary C. Hilden, the wife of Peter J. Hilden, was the first of at least four (Dr. Harrison
says five) members of her family to die. She died, according to The Fayette County New Era of November
14, 1873, on November 2. Her husband (on November 5) and two daughters (on November 4 and 5) would
shortly follow her.
23 Editor's note: An impossible location. Washington and Milam Streets are not parallel to each
other. The Fayette County New Era of November 14, 1873 reports on the death of a child of Jacob IIIg on
November 3. This child was probably the German girl to whom Dr. Harrison refers.
24 Editor's note: The death on Washington street was probably that of one of the Hilden girls, though
the location Dr. Harrison gives for her place of death is slightly different than that he gives for her mother (see
footnote 22). The mulatto woman must have been Flora Lewellyn, who is described in The Fayette County
New Era of November 14, 1873 as a quadroon. The black woman's identity is indiscernible.
25 Editor's note: On November 5, according to The Fayette County New Era of November 14, 1873,
there were actually three deaths. One, that of the woman who helped Elizabeth Pinchback and who has been
identified herein as Mrs. Clapp, has already been mentioned by Dr. Harrison. The other two were Peter J.
Hilden and his daughter, whose Washington Street address had already been the site of two other deaths.
26 Editor's note: This man is identified only as a Norwegian in The Fayette County New Era of
November 21, 1873.
27 Editor's note: The victim on November 7 was Seth N. Doty, whose death is chronicled in The
Fayette County New Ere of November 21, 1873.
28 Editor's note: Margaret Brown, the wife of Dr. Joseph W. Brown (see The Fayette County New
Era of November 21, 1873).
29 Editor's note: Henry Jones, who is identified as a black man in The Fayette County New Era of
November 21, 1873. One other man, Louis E. Renaud, died on November 9, and of yellow fever, but escaped
Dr. Harrison's notice.
30 Editor's note: Huldah Gravesmuhl, the wife of Theodore Gravesmoihl (see The Fayette County
New Ere of November 21, 1873).
31 Editor's note: The only known death from November 14 is that of Edward Musgrove Glenn. He
owned a considerable amount of property in Columbus and the surrounding area, including a lot on the corner
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