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 Edwin L. “Duce” Chalk

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Edwin L. “Duce” Chalk

"Burning of Chalk's Body"

"In order that the public may understand the entire affair of the burning of Chalk's body, we make the following statement of facts connected therewith: The case occurred in Lampasas county, something near five miles from the Cove. Chalk came in from El Paso, and stopped at the home of his grandparents, as fine old people as can be found in Lampasas county. A few days after his arrival Chalk took the smallpox, and the family sent in for our Dr. Arnold. This noble young man, with no regard for personal danger, responded to the call, and, while others refused to expose themselfes, he was constant in attendance upon the sick man, and even allowed himself to be quarantined at the afflicted home by the Lampasas county health officer. A nurse was secured and the health officer put the case under the charge of Dr. Arnold. Chalk was given constant attention, and when he died, his body was found to be in such a state shortly after death that the nurse could not prepare it for burial. The stench was simply unbearable. Dr. Arnold consulted with the two brothers and the grandparents of the dead man, and they came to the conclusion that the only way left was to burn the house and body. Accordingly the room in which the body lay was moved away from the other builldings, and was burned. Afterwards the remains were gathered up by the nurse and buried."
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"Passed Away"

"Edwin Chalk pased from this life Thursday, April 13, at his home near Copperas Cove. His death was not entirely unexpected, as he was taken, several days before, with that dreadful disease smallpox.

He was a noble, Christian boy and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. In school he was a model pupil, diligent, studious and obedient in every particular. It sometimes seems strange to us that one with such a promising future should, in the spring-time of life, be taken away. We must bow in submission to the will of Him 'who doeth all things well.'

I sincerely sympathize with the bereaved ones. He will be greatly missed by his many friends."

(Sentimental thoughts and poems omitted.)

The two articles were published in THE COPPERAS COVE NEWS on April 21, 1899, and THE LAMPASAS LEADER on April 28, 1899 respectively. Contributed by FAG member Sue Lilley.


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  • Created by: SFC Frank Irons Sr. Retired US Army 1977
  • Added: 11 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22107842
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edwin L. “Duce” Chalk (12 Dec 1879–13 Apr 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22107842, citing Clear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Kempner, Lampasas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by SFC Frank Irons Sr. Retired US Army 1977 (contributor 46510193) .