January 13, 1879

Monday, January 13th     A sad sad day    We buried little Ezra in the grave yard by fathers [1]   Mr Thomas preached the funeral sermon & many of our neighbors came to pay a last tribute of respect to our little dead boy We started from here about 11 am & got back between 2 & 3   Clara Hicks & Mag Carris & Wm Carris took dinner with us & then they went home   Father will stay with us a few days  Our hired girl came back before daylight   A warm & pleasant day & the sledding is good

The diphtheria epidemic continued from 1878 to 1880 in the Midwest.  There was no known remedy at the time.

[1] The cemetery is located on Harvey Taylor’s farm land.

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