|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1867|
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1873|
Little Georgie Blount was the only son of Eli Jackson Blount (a 1st Lieutenant Quartermaster during the Civil War) and Sara A. Tucker.
The Daily Dispatch, Friday, February 14, 1873
Transcribed by Leona L. Gustafson
A Little Boy Falls Over Stair Bannister at the American House and is Fatally Injured--His Death this Morning.
This community will be painfully shocked at the announcement that little George A. Blount, only child of Colonel Blount, proprietor of the American House, has died from fatal injuries received by falling over the stairway bannister from the second to the first floor, striking his forehead on a heavy iron stove hearth at the bottom of the staircase hall. The accident occurred on Friday, the 7th inst., and death ensued this (Friday) morning, eight days of intense anxiety to the parents and friends having elapsed between the fall and its fatal effect. A similar accident happened to the child about one year ago. Since that time the watchful eyes of his parents and the hotel employees have been constantly upon him to prevent a repetition of the accident; but, notwithstanding all the care that could be taken, it came when least expected, and at a moment when the household was enjoying the best pleasures of life, health, happiness and prosperity.
Mr. Blount had ordered a carriage for his wife, who was going out to ride, and she, with her son, started for their private apartments from the office floor. The little boy, it seems, had forgotten something in the office, and suddenly remembering that fact at the room door, dashed down the stairs as his mother entered the apartment, taking a ride on the smooth bannister rail as the quickest means of reaching his destination.
Mr. Cashatt, clerk in the office, heard the sound of the fall, as did a porter in another room, and both hastened to the spot the porter reaching the helpless and bleeding form first. Mr. Blount was there in a moment, and carried his boy up stairs, where he remained until death came and relieved him from suffering.
Doctors Loving, Smith, and Frankenberg were called, and the latter remained in constant attendance while life remained, administering such relief as was suggested by the associated physicians. The child was unconscious part of the time, partly from the effect of chloroform and partly from the injury, and when the fever in his body touched the brain convulsions followed. After four o'clock P. M. Thursday he became entirely oblivious to all that occurred in the room, and remained in that condition until he died. He must have fallen head foremost, as the greatest injury was upon the head. A cut across the forehead and a large black bruise over the left eye were the only contusions on the body. The bruise closed the left eye, and it remained closed, except upon one or two occasions, when it was opened only for a few minutes.
The face of the child was familiar to many who have been guests in the house, and among the attaches he was a general favorite. Everybody called him Georgie, and all who knew him, with the very extensive circle of acquaintances enjoyed by his father and mother, will deeply sympathize with the parents in this sad bereavement. His age was five years and five months.
A funeral service will be held in the hotel parlors at 8:30 A. M., Saturday, by Rev. Rufus W. Clark, Rector of Trinity Church, after which the body will be laid away in the cemetery at Hillsboro, Ohio,* the home of Mrs. Blount's father and mother. The latter, Mrs. Sarah E. Tucker, arrived in Columbus last evening, and will return with the funeral cortege.
*George A. Blount, the subject of this newspaper story, was actually buried at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus in Section X. (Tombstone Photo) one of the most visited graves in Green Lawn
**information supplied by Jill Karl #46846466
Eli Jackson Blount (1829 - 1900)
Sarah A Tucker Blount (1838 - 1908)
son of EJ and SA Blount.
Note: Died of injury to head.
Green Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Section X lot 3
Created by: schcrochet
Record added: May 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11023324