Ruth Dwelle

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
April 19, 1901, Page 1
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Sudden Death of a Former Bartow County Man and Girl.

News reached the city last Wednesday of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Frank Stephens, a young man born and reared at Stilesboro, in this county, that occasioned sorrow among those who knew him well.  Mr. Stephens was the youngest brother of Mrs. J. P. Anderson and Mrs. W. H. Milner, and a son of the late Dr. S. F. Stephens, of Stilesboro.

Mr. Stephens since his departure from Cartersville several years ago has been engaged in the cotton mill machinery business, starting in one of the large mills of North Carolina.  He was an apt student in those lines and promotions came fast as a natural result of his incessant devotion to his work and thoroughness in which he acquired the details of his business.  From an insignificant position he rose to a superintendent’s place, from there going on the road for a large concern in handling machinery and was making still greater success.  At the time of his sickness and death he was “on the road,” at Elizabeth City, Va., traveling out of Charlotte, N. C., where he resided.

The attack was sudden, and in the short space of three days, before his wife could reach him pneumonia had accomplished its fatal work.

Mr. Stephens was 36 years of age, married, his wife surviving him.

Cut down in his young manhood, with a short life so full of accomplishments and a future that seemed to promise everything, his death is an extremely sad one, and his bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.


Hardly had Mesdames Anderson and Milner received the intelligence of their brother Frank’s death, chronicled above, before they were shocked to learn of the death of a little niece, little Ruth Dwelle, who left Cartersville a year ago, and who is well know to our people.  The Charlotte N. C. Observer tells the sad story thus:

“Ruth, the 10 year old sister of Messrs. Edward, Clint and Harold Dwelle, died today at 1:30 at the Private Hospital of appendicitis.  She was taken sick Sunday but her symptoms were not alarming until yesterday afternoon.  She was so violently ill that the physicians saw that an operation was the only chance of saving her life.  She was taken to the hospital at 1 o’clock this morning, and the operation performed.  The disease had progressed too far, and death ensued today.

“Deceased came here with her brothers, Messrs. Edward, Clint and Harold and sisters, Misses Mary and Laura Dwelle, from Cartersville, a year ago.  Their home was on South Brevard street.  Ruth was the youngest and was an unusually bright, attractive girl.  Mr. and Mrs. Dwelle died some years ago, leaving the three daughters.  Ruth had been the idol of the home, and the grief which her death has caused is deep.  The family attended the Second Presbyterian church.  The remains will be taken to Savannah tomorrow night.”


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