Mary Todd Lincoln
Death of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
Mrs. Lincoln, widow of the late president Lincoln, died in Springfield, Ill., at 8:15 o’clock Sunday night. She has been very ill for a long time. A few days ago she grew worse, and Saturday evening she suffered a stroke of paralysis, and from that time lay in a comatose state until she died. Robert Lincoln left Washington Sunday night and reached Springfield on Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Lincoln was a daughter of Hon. E. S. Todd, of Lexington, Ky., and was born December 31, 1818, in the neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. She was a woman of extreme good nature and was a loving wife and mother. She was known by her class of friends as an ambitious woman, and doubtless spurred on her husband to seize opportunities and advance himself that, had he been left alone, he would probably not have thought of. It is generally believed by her friends that her reason was seriously disturbed by the assassination of her husband. She was weighed down by woe, and the burden was greatly increased by the death of her youngest son, Tod. She became possessed of some very peculiar whims. Among others was the idea that she would suddenly come to want, and she could not be shaken in this belief, despite the fact that she had some $60,000, and was entirely free from debt. Another queer fancy she had was for accumulating window curtains, and while she was staying at a hotel in Chicago, without any idea of ever again living in a house of her own, she had piled up about her room over sixty pairs of window curtain. There were many other things which indicated insanity as far back as 1865. [The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN), Thursday, July 20, 1882 - JD - Sub by FoFG]
MRS. JAMES K. POLK DEAD
Nashville, Tenn., Aug 14 – Surrounded by a few loving relatives and friends, Mrs. James K. Polk, relic of the tenth President of the United States, departed this life at 7:30 o'clock this morning, peacefully and quietly, in full possession of her mental faculties.
Mrs. Polk had been in perfect health until last Wednesday evening, when, returning from a short drive she was taken suddenly ill, from which she never rallied. Had she lived until the 4th day of September next she would have been 18 years beyond the three score years and ten allotted the human race. Her death was caused simply from exhaustion resulting from old age.
The bells through the city are mournfully tolling, and sympathy and regret are heard from the masses of the people as they gaze upon the bulletins announcing the demise of an honored and loved lady, who spent her years among the people she loved so well, and who respected her as one of the noblest of her sex.
Her death was truly that of a Christian. She sank gently to rest without a struggle. She was surrounded by the members of her family, and just before her death she called them up and placing her hand upon their heads, offered prayer and blessings.
Her remains will be laid in the vault beside those of her distinguished husband. The funeral takes place tomorrow. Mrs. Polk was 88 years old. [Vernon Courier (Lamar County, AL), August 20, 1891 - Sub. by Veneta McKinney]
Lou Henry Hoover
MRS. HOOVER DIES AS SHE BADE HER HUSBAND GOODBYE
Wife of Former President Expires in Few Moments After Heart Attack
New York, Jan. 8 (AP) – Mrs. Herbert Hoover, 68, wife of former President Hoover, died unexpectedly in their apartment in the Waldorf Towers tonight about 7 o’clock. Hoover was bidding her goodbye, preparatory to leaving for a dinner, when she was stricken with an acute heart attack and died a few minutes later. Apparently in her usual health, Mrs. Hoover had returned to the apartment only a short time before from a concert. The Hoovers' two sons, Allan Hoover of California, a rancher, and Herbert Hoover, Jr., a radio engineer, were notified of their mother’s death immediately. Dr. Ralph H. Boots, who had attended Mrs. Hoover for years, was called as soon as she was stricken. Her maiden name was Lou Henry, and she was the daughter of Charles D. Henry, a banker of Waterloo, IA. A spokesman for the family in announcing the death said there would be no further information forthcoming for the time being. Mrs. Hoover returned to New York from California shortly before the holidays. The Hoovers have maintained an apartment in Waldorf Towers for several years. Mrs. Hoover recently visited California and had returned to New York shortly before the holidays. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow, a source close to the family said. The former first lady – Hoover was president from 1929 to 1933 – was noted during her days in the White House for her active interest in the Girl Scouts, of which she was an honorary leader. Although of a retiring nature, she was an accomplished hostess, known for her stately presence and subtlety of wit. An example of simplicity, she wore no jewels and used no cosmetics. Her tastes in clothing ran to simply tailored morning clothes and frocks of plain colors. Often she wore low-heeled shoes. Mrs. Hoover had many intellectual attainments and once aided her husband in translating a Latin book on agriculture. She first met him during their Stanford University days in California. They became engaged when he embarked on a mining career after graduation and were married four years later. In the early years of their married life, Hoover’s work took them to many foreign lands. They lived, at various times, in Tientsin, Mandalay, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, now Leningrad, and London. (Spartanburg Herald Journal, January 8, 1944, Pages 1 and 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)
DEATH OF MRS. HARRISON
She Passed Away at an Early Hour Monday Morning [Oct. 25, 1892]
Mrs. Harrison is dead.
Calmly and peacefully, like a tired child, falling asleep in its mother's arms, she sank into the embrace of death. Her long and patient struggle ended at 1:40 Monday morning. The president, it is said, bore himself manfully through the trying hours which preceded dissolution. Of those present he was the first after a long and intense look at the wasted features of the dead to master his feelings and addressed himself to the duty of soothing the weeping and agitated members of his household. For a fortnight the shadow of death has hovered closely about the executive mansion, shutting out the sunshine of the golden October days.
The pictures and dramatic accessories which the world associates with the dying hours of distinguished people were wholly lacking in Mrs. Harrison's case. Those who were present tell that no death could be more peaceful. There was no death struggle; no outward appearance of pain. It was such a death – God Help us – as we all might wish to die.
It was a death quite in keeping with her general unobtrusive nature and it stole upon her so quietly that some doubted as to the exact moment when her spirit took flight.
About the bedside when she died were gathered all those nearest and dearest to her. Full warning of the end was given to everyone.
Of all the members of the family, the president, as far as outward signals went, bore it the bravest. When death came he was still at the bedside and holding the hand of her, who had followed by his side through life.
At 1:40 o'clock Dr. Gardener, who has left the sick room for a moment was hastily summoned, the family believed the end had come. The doctor hurriedly bent over the patient and placed his ear to her chest. He heart had ceased to beat. "It is over." Said he and he placed his hand sympathetically upon the president's shoulder. The latter bowed his head in his hands and said not a word while the others knelt around the bed in silence.
Mrs. Benjamin Harrison is of the same age as her husband, was born in 1833. Her father, Rev. William H. Scott, was formerly a professor at Miami University where he had as students under him Benjamin Harrison and other men who have since risen to distinction. She was married to Mr. Harrison when still in her teens. Her eldest son, Russell B. has achieved some prominence through his newspaper enterprise in Montana and his connection with Frank Leslie's and judge. He married a daughter of Alvin Saunders of Omaha. A daughter, Mrs. McKee, with her little son, "Baby McKee" lives with the president's family in the White House.
Mrs. Harrison had regular features , bright dark eyes and abundant dark hair. Her figure was short and somewhat stout. She dressed well, which means becomingly, and of course, without being a slave to the caprices of fashion. [Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 3, 1892]
Ida Saxton McKinley
(June 8, 1847 – May 26, 1907)
wife of William McKinley, was First Lady of the United States from 1897 to 1901.
Mrs. McKinley Is Dead
Passed Away Peacefully and Painlessly at 1:05 P.M. Sunday
Canton, May 27 – Mrs. Wm. McKinley, widow of the late President, died at her home here at 1:05 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
For many years Mrs. McKinley had been an invalid. She recovered from the shock of her husband’s tragic death, but it left its mark, and when it was known that she had suffered a stroke of paralysis, little hope was felt that she could survive. The end came peacefully, almost imperceptibly. Mrs. McKinley never knew of the efforts made to prolong her life, of the solicitous hope of her sister and other relatives and friends for her recovery.
At the McKinley home when death came there were present Secretary Cortelyou, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Barbour, Mrs. Sarah Duncan, Mrs. Luther Day, Justice and Mrs. William R. Day, Doctors Porteman and Rixey and the nurses.
“Mrs. McKinley lived longer than was expected,: sad the Secretary.
It was announced last night that President Roosevelt and Secretary Loeb will arrive in Canton Wednesday morning to attend the funeral services. Vice President Fairbanks, who had often been a house guest of the McKinleys, is expected to reach here in time to attend the funeral services.
The body of Mrs. McKinley will be placed in the vault in Westlawn cemetery, which holds also the remains of her martyred husband, until the completion of the Nation Mausoleum on Monument Hill, when both caskets will be transferred to receptacles in that tomb. From numerous friends of Mrs. McKinley, Mrs. Barbour received telegrams of condolence on the death of her sister. Among them were telegrams from President Roosevelt and Vice President Fairbanks.
[Bohemia Nugget (Cottage Grove, OR) – Wednesday, June 5, 1907 - Submitted by Jim Dezotell]