THE IOLA DAILY REGISTER, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 7, 1908
B. F. LUDLUM DEAD
EX-COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIED YESTERDAY AT HOME IN SALEM
WAS A VICTIM OF PARALYSIS
RESIGNED FROM BOARD IN 1906 BECAUSE OF THE FIRST STROKE.
Good Words Spoken in Regard to Him by Friends Today Funeral Will Occur Tomorrow.
Word came to Iola this morning of the sudden death of ex-County Commissioner B. F. Ludlum at his home four and one-half miles west of Elsmore in Salem township, early yesterday morning. Mr. Ludlum was a victim of paralysis. He has been in poor health for several years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis a short time before his resignation as county commissioner in 1906. He later suffered a second stroke but recovered somewhat and was able to be about. A few weeks ago, while visiting at the Decker home in Elsmore he had a fall but was not seriously injured. When the third stroke came upon him yesterday morning, he died almost instantly. The first two strokes were on the right side, the one yesterday being upon the left, affecting the heart.
Mr. Ludlum had been a resident of this county for 28 years, living in the Elsmore vicinity his entire life in Allen County. He was in his 54th year and was the father of 13 children, ten of whom together with his wife survive him.
The funeral occurs tomorrow morning at ten o'clock at the home and interment will take place in the old Elsmore cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ayling of Toronto. Several Iolans are planning to attend.
Mr. Ludlum was elected on the board of county commissioners in 1902, serving in this capacity until 1906, when he resigned because of ill health. His son succeeded him by appointment.
Mr. Ludlum was well known over Allen County and leaves a large number of friends. Today the county commissioners met at the court house and during their deliberations his name was very thoughtfully referred to. Commissioner George Reynolds spoke of him as the best man Allen County ever had. Tom Anderson, who served for a time with him on the board, said of him: "Yes, Mr. Ludlum was a good man. He was highly regarded by his neighbors and acquaintances. I remember the last time he met with the commissioners. We were called in special session to consider the damages done the court house by the Melvin explosion. Mr. Ludlum was present and though he had then suffered a stroke of paralysis, he said nothing of it."
This morning the commissioners talked some of going down to attend the funeral. The roads are very bad, however, and it is unlikely that they will go.
THE IOLA DAILY REGISTER, WEDNESDAY EVENING DECEMBER 9, 1908, PAGE THREE
MANY ATTENDED FUNERAL.
Large Number of People Paid Last Respects to B. F. Ludlum.
A large number of people from all over the county attended the funeral services held yesterday morning over the remains of B. F. Ludlum, the ex-county commissioner, who died at his home in Salem Township last Sunday. The burial took place in the old Elsmore Cemetery.