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 Ida <I>Moore</I> Small

Ida Moore Small

Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Jun 1922 (aged 60)
Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Burial Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
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Born; (city), Kankakee, Illinois
Father; Charles Moore
Mother; Laoma Powell
Married; 21 Nov 1883 (City), Kankakee, Illinois

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947
Name: Ida Moore Small
Birth Date: 17 Dec 1861
Birth Place: Kankakee Co., Ills
Death Date: 26 Jun 1922
Death Place: West Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois
Burial Date: 29 Jun 1922
Death Age: 60
Occupation: Housewife
Race: White
Marital Status: M
Gender: Female
Residence: West Kankakee
Father Name: Charles Moore
Father Birth Place: New York
Mother Name: Laoma Powell
Mother Birth Place: New York State
Spouse Name: Len Small



Doctors Directly Attribute Death to Strain Undergone At Trial


Out of respect to the family of Mrs. Len Small, deceased wife of Gov. Small of Illinois, Col. Walter J. Riley, chairman of the Interstate Harbor Commission has postponed the harbor inspection trip which was to have been held on Wednesday and Thursday.

KANKAKEE, ILL., June 26. -

Mrs. Ida Moore Small, wife of Len Small, governor of Illinois, died at her home here today.

Mrs. Small was stricken late Saturday with an attack of apoplexy and paralysis resulting from the bursting of a blood vessel in her brain. The attack followed her return home from Waukegan where a jury Saturday afternoon had acquitted Gov. Small of charges of conspiracy to embezzle state funds.

Physicians directly attributed her death to the strain under which she labored during the indictment and trial of Gov. Small.

Gov. Small and their children were at the beside when death came. Physicians feared the shock of his wife's death following the ordeal of his trial might also prove too great for the governor to endure.

A bulletin issued early today said "Mrs. Small's breathing is extremely labored and her heart action is barely perceptible. The end is only a matter of a short time."

Gov. and Mrs. Small returned here late Saturday after a jury at Waukegan had vindicated the governor of charges of conspiring to defraud the state of hundreds of thousands of dollars of interest funds. They were joyously greeted by hundreds of citizens of Kankakee, where they have lived ever since their marriage.

After the reception given them, Mrs. Small suddenly collapsed. Physicians were summoned and it was found that a blood vessel in the brain had broken. She sank into a state of coma and physicians immediately said there was scant hope for her recovery.

Gov. Small and attending physicians attributed Mrs. Small's breakdown to the strain she has undergone during the long weeks when her husband was on trial.

"Thank God she has lived to see vindicated," said the governor. Dr. W.A. Stoker and Dr. E.G. Wilson, who were summoned, said she would have lived a long time but for the trial in Waukegan.

Mrs. Small had staunchly supported her husband during the time of his indictment and trial. In an exclusive interview given International News Service several weeks ago, she declared they can not drown him. Saturday, she said, was the happiest day of her life.

A zone of quiet has been established around the Small home and every resource is being used although with little hope to bring about her recovery.

Mrs. Small was born in 1861 and married Gov. Small in 1892. They had been childhood sweethearts attending the same school. They have four children, all of whom were at the bedside.

Gov. Small has taken little rest since his wife was stricken and physicians fear that the strain following that of his trial may prove more than he can endure.

Lake County Times; Hammond, Indiana.
June 26, 1922; Page Eleven.

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