Jesse Willingham.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
October 7, 1897 Page 1:
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Jesse Willingham.

A Well Known Newspaper Man Dies.

Death Occurred Yesterday

At the Tennessee House—Illness Was Short—Funeral to Occur Today—Interment at Oak Hill.

The community was startled yesterday about twelve o’clock when the news gained currency that Mr. Jesse Willingham was dead. His death occurred at the Tennessee House, where he had been boarding, a few minutes before twelve.

He first complained of illness on Tuesday night and asked for a doctor. Dr. Hightower was sent for but was not at home. He returned later and at four o’clock in the morning made a call. He found Mr. Willingham suffering and gave him remedies to fit his symptoms. Mr. Willingham staid about the house during the morning, and expressed himself to Mrs. Rector, the landlady, as feeling strange and bad. Later he called from his room window to some one passing to notify his brother Alex that he was feeling very sick and to come over and bring a doctor. Dr. A. T. Calhoun, accompanied Mr. Willingham to see his brother, who found his pulse feeble and symptoms alarming. Everything possible was done but to no avail. Dr. Calhoun ascribed his death to heart failure.

Jesse B. Willingham was born in LaGrange, Ga., and was 34 years of age. He was a son of the late Mr. C. H. C. Willingham, who in his day was one of the best known newspaper men in Georgia, having edited the LaGrange Reporter, the Atlanta Sun, the Rome Courier and the Cartersville Standard and Express and the Cartersville Free Press. Jesse received valuable training from his father and was a good printer and capable as a news gatherer and writer. He was assisting his brother, Mr. Alex Willingham, in editing the News, of this city, when he died.

Jesse possessed an agreeable nature and had many friends here and elsewhere where he was known.

The funeral will occur this morning. The remains will be interred at Oak Hill cemetery.


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