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Olive Matilda Foster Virden

Waterloo, Madison County, Montana, USA
Death 25 Nov 1914 (aged 29)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot T_90_10
Memorial ID 156412 · View Source
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Daughter of Frank Foster of Illinois and Sarah Dodge of Iowa

The Salt Lake Tribune
Thursday, November 26, 1914
page 14


Mrs. Olive Foster Virden Drinks Poison
After Husband Is Killed by Accident.

Unable to bear up under the load of sorrow occasioned by the death of her husband a week ago, Mrs. Olive Foster Virden, 29 years of age, killed herself yesterday morning at her home, 806 Park street. While seated in the kitchen of their home a week ago today, cleaning a shotgun, the husband met instant death when the weapon was discharged, the load entering his abdomen. Mrs. Virden drank a quantity of poison at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, dying shortly after the arrival of Dr. R. W. Ashley, police surgeon. At the time, she was engaged in packing the household furniture, preparatory to moving into her new home on Green street. The home was recently completed, and had been built with money saved by herself and husband.

R. W. Whitman, brother-in-law to Mrs. Virden, was in a downstairs room of the house, assisting in the work of packing. He heard Mrs. Virden scream, and ran upstairs to find her in convulsions. She had swallowed a chemical from an undertaker's embalming case, which her husband used when engaged in that business some years ago. Carl Foster, brother of the dead woman, who came here from Idaho to attend the funeral of Virden, was also in the house when Mrs. Virden drank the poison.

Mrs. Virden was conscious only a few minutes after taking the fatal dose. She said to Whitman, who was first to reach her: "Take care of my sister; I'm going to join Charley."
The sister referred to is Mrs. Whitman.

The body is at the S. D. Evans undertaking rooms. Funeral arrangements will be made today.

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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 156412
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Olive Matilda Foster Virden (8 Aug 1885–25 Nov 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 156412, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .