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Byrd - Peter

Peter BYRD
Submitted by: Janeen Proctor Email address:

Surname(s): Byrd, Elmore
June 21, 1906, Crawfordsville Daily Journal, pg 1, col 7:

Two well known men of this County passed away Wednesday evening at about the same hour at their homes near this city. Both died from complications of old age and both had been in failing health for the past two years. Both were highly respected and leave many warm friends to mourn for them. Peter Byrd died at the home of his son, Berry Byrd, who lives east of this city near Beck's Station at 9 o'clock on Wednesday eveing very suddenly aged seventy-six years. He had not been confined to his bed but a few minutes before the end came and it was probably due to paralysis or heart failure as he had suffered two attacks of the former disease within the past two years. On Tuesday he came to this city and went to the fair grounds to witness his son, Roe Byrd, exercise his horse. When he started home he went to the station on the Northwestern east of town and waited some time. There was no power that day and finally he walked down town and the exercise was more than he was accustomed to. On Wednesday he told his wife that he felt much fatigued. He remained about the house all day and retired early. He had not been lying down long when he remarked to his wife that he felt very badly. She called her son from an upstairs bedroom but before he reached the bedside his father was dead. A physician was summoned from Shannondale but his trip was useless. Dr. Riley was sent for and came and held an inquest on Wednesday eveing.  He pronounced the death due to the infirmities of old age. At an earlier day the deceased was one of the leading and prosperous farmers of Union township living south of this city three miles but several years ago met with reverses that lost him most of his wealth. He leaves besides his wife three children to mourn for him. They are Roe Byrd, Berry Byrd, and Mrs. Ella Elmore, of Kansas. The funeral arrangments will be announced later, after relatives from the west have arrived.
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