The Cartersville American
November 10, 1885 Page 2
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Coroner Rowland was called on to hold an inquest over a man found dead in the road near Pine Log last Saturday. He was met that evening with his wife. The rain was pouring down and the man asked the person to take the woman on to Pine Log, which he did. He was found dead near where she left him. Apoplexy was the cause, brought on by drinking alcohol. The woman testified that he had drank one pint and a half. The wife was not more than sixteen; the man about twenty. They had run away and married just three days before. They came from below Atlanta. This is the first case for the present coroner, and whiskey was the cause.
December 15, 1885
Some time since an account of the death of Mr. Joseph Hooper, which occurred near Cartersville, was published, in which it was stated that he was found with two empty bottles beside him, and that he was accompanied by a young woman to whom he had just been married. Mr. J. L. Hooper, brother of the dead man, has just returned to Gainesville from Bartow county and corrects the above with the following statement: Three or four days before his death Joseph Hooper left his mother’s residence, in the upper part of Hall county, to look out for a new home having just come of age. A young girl of the neighborhood, about fourteen years of age, named Mattie Bryant, wishing to visit an uncle living near Cartersville, got him to take her as far as that point. The young lady, on her arrival there, proceeded to the house of her uncle and young Hooper left on foot through the country, and when about fifteen miles from Cartersville died from heart disease or some other sudden ailment; at least this was the opinion of the coroner’s jury and the examining physician. There were no marks of violence on his person nor had the papers and the small amount of money he had with him been disturbed. –Gainesville Eagle.
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