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15 December 1892, The Lincoln Times


On Thursday last (08 December 1892) the relatives and friends of Mrs. John F. Boy were inexpressibly shocked at receiving the news of her sudden death. The sad event occurred about an hour before noon while Mrs. Boy was performing her domestic duties at her home on Fifth Street. She had got a jar of fruit from the cellar, but forgetting the can opener, went back to get it. As she did not return Mr. Boy became alarmed at her absence, and going to the cellar was horrified to find her lying on the floor at the bottom of the stair apparently dead. Dr. R. M. Wilson was sent for in greatest haste, and on his arrival an examination only served to verify the fact that life had been extinct for some time. Mrs. Boy for many years had been subject to apoplectic strokes and heart trouble, and had been cautioned several times by her physician against performing any heavy task. It is supposed that her death was due to heart failure induced by overexertion. The deceased was born in Hesse Darmstadt August 02, 1826, and immigrated to America with her parents in 1837, locating with them at St. Louis. She was married in 1847 to John F. Boy, and six years later came to this city with him, where they have resided ever since. Mrs. Boy was the mother of six children, two of whom are dead. The surviving members of the family are Amelia, wife of E.F.L. Rautenberg of this city; Julia, wife of Fred Obermiller, of Mt. Pulaski; George Boy, of this city, and Charles Boy, living in Cumberland County. The funeral took place from the family residence, No. 1103 Fifth Street, on Sunday (11 December 1892) at 2 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Henry Schmidt, of St. John's Evangelical Church, in the presence of a large concourse of friends, relatives and neighbors.

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