DEATH TAKES J. M. HIGH AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Physicians Had Given Up Hope Several Days Before End Came
Ranked with Foremost of South's Business Men
Had built up one of the Largest Dry Goods Stores in the Country. The Estate Worth in the Neighborhood of $400,000
After a long, brave fight for life, death came to J. M. High, prominent merchant of Atlanta, at his home at 528 Peachtree street, yesterday afternoon at 3:40 o'clock. Mr. High had been in poor health for some time, but several weeks ago his illness took a more critical turn. Over a week ago it was announced by the physician in attendance upon the sick man that he had no chance to live, and several times it was stated that his death was a matter of a few hours. But Mr. High made a fight for life to the very end, and rally after rally gave him a longer lease on life. Wednesday night he appeared to have reached the end of his strength. He would die before morning, said those at his bedside. But about 1 o'clock Thursday morning Mr. High rallied again, and it was announced that he would live through the night, his condition being the same as that of the day before.
Immediately after the news of Mr. High's death had been made known, the doors of the big dry goods store which bears his name were closed and the store cleared of shoppers and employees.
Mr. High was one of the best known men in the south, and had a wide acquaintance all over the country, formed as a result of personal and business associations. He is survived by a wife and three children, Misses Hattie May, Elizabeth and Dorothy; two brothers, Mark High and Forrest High, of St. Louis, and two sisters, Mrs. Birney, of Macon, and Miss Emma High, of Atlanta.
Mr. High's life was insured at $55,000. His estate is said to be worth in the neighborhood of $400,000.
ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3 November 1906, pp.1&2
Harriet Harwell Wilson High
1862–1932 (m. 1882)
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