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 George William Varble

George William Varble

Kentucky, USA
Death 5 Apr 1891 (aged 49)
Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Plot SW Corner, Lot 135, Plat B
Memorial ID 92769180 · View Source
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Son of Oliver Lewis and Susannah Gorman.

Married Susan Lewis on 8 Jan 1863, Jefferson Co., IN.

1880 census show occupation as "tinsmith".
Information from Death Certificate:
Cause of death - shock of galvanic battery
Died at West Main St
J.A. Muret, MD
Geo. C. Vail & Sons, Undertakers
Madison Daily Herald
6 Apr 1891


George W. Varble Found Dead at His Residence This Morning--A Broken Battery at His Side--The Cause of His Death.

The remains of George W. Varble, the west Main street stove-dealer, were found cold in death at his residence at 8 o'clock this morning. A broken electric battery was found by his side, but the cause of his death is not positively known.

For some months Mr. Varble has been suffering from rheumatism in his feet, and the benefit that his acquaintances had derived from batteries led him to purchase one from the Heberhart drug store, three doors above his business house, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. His wife is visiting relatives at Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mr. Varble, not knowing the workings of the machine, did not take the precaution to have some person present during the operation.

What occurred in that small kitchen before the man's death will never be known but it is certain that after, bathing his feet he applied the battery to them beneath the water. Whether the current was too strong is not known, but that he met his death in a very few minutes after having endured the most horrible tortures, indescribable by tongue or pen, is certain. He foamed at the mouth, and the surroundings of the room, the battery broken in pieces, and the condition of the body indicated that death had come during excruciating contortions.

The hour of his death is unknown. Mr. Patrick Moore, an employee of the shop, came to his place of business at 8 o'clock this morning, and unable to effect an entrance, he climbed a neighboring fence and found his employer lying on his own kitchen floor, cold and stiff in death. The Coroner was immediately summoned and announced that death had resulted from a heavy electrical shock.

The druggist who sold the battery claims that they are not capable of producing so much electricity that a person can not let when he once has a hold. The theory advanced by some is that the battery drove the rheumatism to his heart, and that in his horrible dying struggles from that disease he littered the room in the condition that it would found. He had been dead at least twenty hours when discovered.

The deceased was raised in this city, and was in his fiftieth year. He has been engaged in his present business for a number of years, and he was always loved and respected by all his acquaintances and friends as a kind neighbor and a courteous gentleman. He is a brother-in-law of Mr. Chas. Supplee and Edward Lewis. HIs wife has been telegraphed for.

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  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92769180
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George William Varble (25 Sep 1841–5 Apr 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92769180, citing Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Phillips (contributor 46884884) .