Posted By:Marilyn Lane
Subject:Death of John Carris
Post Date:April 09, 2005 at 14:55:55
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Forum:Van Buren County, MI Genealogy Forum
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I received a newspaper article on a person I am research and the following news item was on the same page. Please do not contact me for information as I know nothing about the family.

Bangor Advance newspaper, 17 Apr 1875
The station agent of the Central Railroad at Kalamazoo received the following dispatch on Thursday from Chicago:
"A man supposed to be John Carris, from Kansas, going to Michigan, died of heart disease on the train at Kewaunee, Ill., today. He has a ticket to Kalamazoo, and from a receipt from a box and papers found upon him, he is supposed to have been going to Decatur, Mich. He leaves five destitute children without shoes or hats. Will you please see if you can learn anything regarding him, or where his friends are, and reply soon. The remains and the chidren are at Kewaunee."
The deceased removed from this place to Kansas, several years ago, at the same time that J.G. Parkhurst went. His wife died something more than a year ago, leaving him with five children, all under 12 years of age. His health became poor, and the grasshopper plague came, eating up all he had. His friends here sent him money to come back, and he started immediately, and died on the cars of heart disease at Kewaunee, leaving the five little children alone among strangers. His brother, Anson Carris, of Lawrence township, received a telegram Thursday, and started the same night for Illinois, taking with him clothing for the children. He returned with his brothers' corpse and the children, arriving here by the day express last Saturday. The remains were taken to Lawrence for burial. This is only one of the many sad episodes arising from the terrible grasshopper scourge.--Decatur Republican.