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A German farmer named Anton Lake, residing about four miles west of the town of Fenton, recently sent his daughter, a young girl, to lead a young mare to water at the river near by. The girl had a crippled arm, and being familiar with the animal, she fastened the end of the halter around her waist in a running noose, never dreaming of danger. From some cause the mare became frightened and ran away, and before she could disengage the halter, the girl was thrown and dragged a distance of more than a mile. The girl's injuries were fatal, and she died a few days afterward.
Source: The Advertiser-Courier, Mar. 1, 1875, page 3 Hermann, MO


Publisher Lange Dead
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 26 – Louis Lange, the well-known German publisher, is dead here, aged 64 years. The deceased was a native of Hesse, Germany. During the war he was business manager of the State Journal, which was confiscated by the government. Mr. Lange then purchased the Die Abendschnie, a weekley illustrated German sheet, which he published up to his death. Die Rundschan, another German publication of the same order, now printed in Chicago by Louis Lange, Jr. was started by the deceased in this city fourteen years ago.
(The Guthrie Daily Leader; Guthrie, Oklahoma; September 27, 1893. Transcribed as written by D. Donlon)

LANKFORD – Sister Lankford (no name given) was born in Smith co, Tenn, 14 June 1793, and died 15 Dec 1876, aged 83 years 6 mos 1 da. She joined the Methodist Church at the age of 16 yrs … The writer preached her funeral to a large audience, at Essex, Stoddard co, Mo. May God’s rich grace rest upon her beloved dau. – DC Flynn
(Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 20 Aug. 1877; transcribed by Kim Mohler)
LANG, F. HAMILTON ST.LOUIS COUNTY LEGIONNAIRE DEATH TAKES TWO PIONEER MEMBERS OF 172 Comrade F. Hamilton Lang, 55, and Comrade Arthur J. Widmer, 64, have both been called by the Great Commander. Comrade Lang passed away on April 29, at his home at 7718 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves after many months of illness. The funeral took place at the Parker Chapel in Webster Groves on Thursday, May 1, and interment was at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks. Surviving is his widow, Evelyn Horrine Lang. Comrade Arthur J. Widmer, 64, died April 30 at St. Mary’s Hospital after five days of illness. The family home is at 212 South Elm Ave., Webster Groves. His funeral Services were held Friday afternoon, May 2, at the Parker Chapel, Webster Groves, with interment at Oak Hill Cemetery. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Lavina Roberts Widmer, five daughters, Margaret, Alice, Janet, Mrs. Mary W. Hochreiter, Mrs. Harriet W. Kellaway and one son, Arthur J. Widmer, Jr. Transcriber (Alice Halderman) and proof reader (Bea Stephenson)

LAY, Mrs. Eliza D.
- wife of Jno. F. Lay, Esq., died 5 inst (Nov) 1857 in her 30th year at her residence in St. Louis Co. She was a twin sister of Mrs. John FERGUSON and both by birth & marriage was connected with some of the oldest and most respectable families in this county. Left four children, one a week old infant, and her husband. By Thos. M. Finney, St. Louis Circuit. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

LEAVY—On the 16th inst., at 8:30 a. m., Edward Leavy, aged thirty-live years. Funeral will take place from his mother's residence, 1806 Olive street on Friday morning, at 10 o'clock, to St. John's Church, and thence to Calvary Cemetery. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO., Thurs. Morning, June 17, 1875- Transcribed by Candi)

LEEPER – John L died at his residence in Livingston Co, Mo, 12 June 1877, in his 63rd year, and was buried in the cemetery at Spring Hill by the Masons, of which order he was a member … He has one son who is a minister of the gospel, Rev HT Leeper, of the Mo Conference. He has another son who is far out in the West, whom he spoke tenderly in the dying hour. Turning to his son Henry, he said, “O Henry, pray for him, for my prayers will soon cease.” … -- SW Cope
(Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 23 July 1877; transcribed by Kim Mohler)

LEO, Katherine Drier Leo
From The Elk County Citizen, September 30, 1903
Katherine Drier was born in Germany, June 15, 1844; died at her home in Union Center township, September 27, 1903, aged 25* years, 3 months, and 12 days.
When quite young, in company with an uncle, she came to America and settled at St. Louis, Mo. There she was united in marriage to Chas. Leo and from this union
twelve children were born, three having died in infancy, four boys and five girls survive to mourn the loss, the husband having died January 11, 1898.
About 25 years ago, deceased removed from St. Louis to Girard, Kansas, where she lived until 19 years ago when she came to Elk county, where she has since resided.
Mrs. Leo had been brought up a devout Catholic, but during a revival meeting held at Happy Ridge school house some years ago she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church.
At the removal of that class, she lost her membership and on profession of faith was received into the Methodist church at Clear Creek, June 17, 1903.
Mrs. Leo was a good neighbor, a kind mother and her death proved a shock to this community. Funeral services were held at the Clear Creek church.
Note: * This is a printed error. Submitted by L. Morgan

St. Louis, Sept. 3- Joseph M. Lilly, a wealthy farmer of Jackson Township, died at the age of 64 years.  He had been in bed for 21 years, claiming that he would die of heart disease if he got up.
Source: Willmar Tribune, (Willmar, MN), Sept. 7, 1897, page 2

Dated 11 Feb 1875: L. C. Loeb, of St. Louis, keeper of a saloon & hotel at #513 North 3rd Street, on the 5th attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. [Source: Pioneer Times. Oct. 1987, Vol 11, No 4. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan]


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