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Edmond Sun- Democrat
April 28, 1899 - P. 2, Col. 2
FIVE CHILDREN DIE
Sorrowful Affliction in the Family of Thomas LYNCH
In a country cemetery eight miles west of Edmond are five newly made graves, and there sleep five children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynch, all of them having died in the space of three weeks-Charlie, aged 16; Nellie, aged 12; Alice, aged 3; Lucy, aged 4, and an infant aged 10 months. They all had measles, followed by pneumonia, and in addition to the great sorrow following death after death, there are four other children sick and their lives almost despaired of. Charles was the last of the five to die; and he retained his faculties, while life lingered. He made an oral will, be queathing to his brothers and sisters his pony, saddle, hog, dog and a small sum of money he had saved up. The calmness and deliberation with which the boy made his bequest rendered it all the more pathetic. The bereft parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them.
Submitter: Mary Ellen Wilson Me-Ed@eufaula.lib.ok.us
CRITCHFIELD: Born 1852, Died 1916
Joshua Critchfield born in Livingston County, Missouri, April 4, 1852. Married to Angeline O'Keef September 11, 1876.
Thirteen children were born to the union and all were present at the funeral except one. There were six boys and seven girls, all living, and all residing at Edmond but three.
Deceased moved from Kansas to Oklahoma in 1901, lived at Wellston, until about two years ago, when he moved to Edmond. He always had good health, and worked hard all his life to maintain his family and educate them. Last August he took sick and after a few days of sickness, got up and was about for a few days, and then relapsed, from which he was never able to recover.
He peacefully passed away Nov. 16th at his home at 8:45. During his long seize of illness (sickness) he never complained, he was pleasant with everything the family did for him, and said, "I AM READY AND WILLING TO GO ONLY ONE REGRET I DO NOT LIKE TO LEAVE MY FAMILY."
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Funeral was held at the deceased's home Nov. 18th and buried at Grace Lawn Cemetery, quite a large crowd was in attendance at the funeral. Mrs. Ogleene lead the singing, Evangelist Henry L. Wellston, conducted the funeral.
NOTE: Copied from newspaper obituary that was in the Critchfield Family Bible.
5/5/99 by Laura Darlene Critchfield Dutra. Original would not copy clearly.
Submitted by Sheryl Haggard maze@ODSY.NET
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