Miss Matilda Padgette

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
March 5, 1901, Page 1
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She Dies at Grand Island, Florida, Last Thursday.

Miss Matilda Padgette, so well known to the people of Bartow county and this section, died at the home of Mr. Johu (sic) W. Cannon, at Grand Island, Fla., last Thursday afternoon, the information reaching Cartersville Friday.

Miss Padgette was for years a leading milliner of Cartersville and established a prosperous and extensive business which she was compelled to give up on account of wretched health and declining years.  Possibly no one ever engaged in any kind of business in the city had more warm friends than she.  Fair in all her dealings, charitably inclined to a fault, of a most amiable disposition, it was but natural she should have friends.

A few years back she underwent a painful operation for cancer from which she seemed never to have fully recovered, and a year or so ago she went out of business entirely.  Last fall she was entirely ill for weeks, when all hope was abandoned several times.  She recovered, however, sufficiently to make the trip to Florida where she hoped to regain her health, and reports from her indicated that she was improving.  When the news came Friday it was surprising indeed to her relatives and friends.

Miss Padgette was born in Surry county, N. C., May 23, 1834, and came to Cartersville in 1851.  She was a member of the Baptist church since she was fifteen years of age.  She leaves a brother, Mr. W. W. Padgett, of this city, three nieces, Mrs. I. W. Alley, of this city; Mrs. J. R. Henderson, of Stilesboro, and Mrs. W. I. Henderson, of Ligon.  She was buried at Grand Island, Fla., Saturday.

Last week’s News noted the death of two of Cartersville’s oldest citizens, coming from Surry county, N. C.  Miss Padgette makes the number three, all dying within ten days of each other, and the three came to Bartow near the same time and were near the same age.


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