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 Osmond Tiffany Capron

Osmond Tiffany Capron

Birth
Montpelier, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Death 26 Apr 1910 (aged 64)
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 70050073 · View Source
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Osmond was named for Osmond Capron Tiffany (1793-1851), a relative who was one of the earliest merchants of Baltimore and who built the first cotton mill in the South. This was no doubt because his father's family was also greatly involved in cotton milling in the town of Laurel, MD, where Osmond was born.

While still a boy, Osmond accompanied his father and brothers to fight in the Civil War. He spent time as a prisoner of war, as did his brother Albert (his brother Horace Jr. died in battle) and his health was affected. After his return, he worked in Albert's feed business.

On January 31, 1871, Osmond was staying at the Halliday House, a hotel in Kenosha. A fire broke out at about 5 a.m. and spread rapidly. Seven people died, and several others, including Osmond, were badly injured. The New York Times reported:

"Mr. OSMOND CAPRON, son of HORACE CAPRON, United States Commissioner of Agriculture, was asleep in his room adjoining that of Mrs. MERRILL, on the third floor of the hotel, when aroused by the flames. From the street could be seen the stairs leading to his apartment in one mass of flames, the current of air drawing them upward and fanning them into an intensity of heat that soon consumed the wooden structure. Those below could see him burst through this atmosphere of fire, clad only in his shirt and drawers, to the second story, and essay to descend by the stairs; but these had been burned away, and only the window was left. For this he made, his burning garments clinging to him, and leaped to the ground into the snow. Half a dozen men sprang to his assistance and raised him. He was quite delirious, raved terribly, and insisted, with the strength of a madman, on walking across the street. But the paroxysm was soon over, his frenzy subsided, and he was carried to the house of HENRY ANDRE, on the opposite side of the street, blood dripping from all parts of his body at every step. The lamp-light revealed a hideous spectacle. His right cheek was burned clear to the bone, and masses of charred flesh fell from it. His collar-bone protruded, charred and ghastly white. He is a young man, aged about twenty-four years, and was employed as a clerk by his brother, A. B. CAPRON, flour and feed dealer. He is unmarried."

Osmond was to be disabled for life from his burns. He also eventually lost his eyesight to diabetes. Blind and crippled, he was unable to work; in his will, Osmond's father Horace Capron requested that money be set aside "for the maintenance and support of my poor, unfortunate son Osmond during his natural life."

From the Milwaukee Journal, April 26, 1910:

DEATH OF O.T. CAPRON

Osmond Tiffany Capron, Kenosha, aged 65, died Tuesday in St. Mary's hospital. He was a son of Gen. Louis [should be Horace] Capron of Merrill and a member of Co. A., Fourteenth Illinois cavalry. He is survived by four cousins, Mrs. Charles Quarles, Florence, Horace, and Albert Capron, and an aunt, Mrs. Louisa M. Thiers. The funeral will be held in Kenosha Wednesday, the pallbearers being Louis, Charles, and Henry Quarles, Horace and Albert Capron, and Louis Thiers.


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  • Added: 19 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70050073
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Osmond Tiffany Capron (13 Jun 1845–26 Apr 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70050073, citing Green Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .