Elizabeth Hill Griffin

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
October 4, 1894, Page 1
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A Fatal Affright

Mrs. Dr. Griffin Drops Dead at Sight of Runaway Horse

A Dreadful Family Blow

All Attempts to resuscitate her prove unavailing—A family thrown into sudden mourning

A pang of deep sorrow went athwart every breast as the news of a sudden and singularly sad death spread over the community on Tuesday evening.

On Market street, right near to the business buildings of bank block stands the home of Dr. W. C. Griffin, a new home with every modern appointment, and one of the handsomest and most convenient in the city. A shadow of gloom was cast over that home suddenly.

Mrs. Griffin had been to see her friend Mrs. VanGilder, and having a little time to spare before giving out the family supper, stepped over to see her next door neighbor, Mrs. John Banton and being invited, took a seat on the front veranda. A little conversation had begun and all was particularly serene when a horse rushed by the corner at a break neck speed with only the parts of a harness and vehicle attached to it. It turned the corner at the Griffin home and was in an instant lost to view on Erwin street. Mrs. Griffin, rushing to the sidewalk with the others, instantly recognized the horse as her husband’s and it is supposed the thought instantly arose in her mind that some one of the family might have been in the vehicle. Mr. Banton felt a touch on his shoulder, and seeing she was going to fall, seized Mrs. Griffin. He soon had help and she was borne in the house. Almost instantly Dr. Griffin, who was at his office consulting with Dr. Battey, knowing her infirmity, on seeing the horse run by rushed to where his wife was. Mr. Banton had hunted up Doctors Buford and Calhoun. Mrs. Griffin was speechless and still. All set to work to resuscitate her. Some efforts were made and she was removed to her home where other efforts were made to restore her. These to no avail, however, she was dead. Her husband and the other doctors agreed that she had died from heart failure, superinduced by the sudden affright.

It was a sad blow to the household. The people of the community deeply sympathize with the bereaved husband and three children she leaves behind.

Mrs. Griffin was originally Miss Elizabeth Hill, the only daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. W. Hill of Resaca. She was particularly affectionate to her parents, her husband and children and loved supremely her home. She had made numerous friends in the community since moving here.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill were notified by messenger the night the death occurred and were at the deathbed early the next morning. Their grief was great.


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