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  • ID: I369
  • Name: Josirus REESE
  • Sex: M
  • Note:
    The following articles were copied from The Plymouth Democrat, dated
    July 12, 1882.

    (From our own correspondent)
    Our quies little village is in a rage over the death of Josirus
    Reese, a quiet, peaceable, good citizen who died of heart disease
    while fighting one Mike Foley, and it was supposed that he was
    murdered by Foley......Our people are still quarrelling over the Baker
    ditch - the same that caused the fight between Reese and Foley,
    which resulted in the death of Reese.....


    Wm. Wilt and Josirus Reese, of North township, while on their way home
    from Plymouth, met Robert Schroeder on the Michigan road, four miles
    north of town last Saturday, about seven o'clock in the evening, when
    they commenced to talk about a ditch, known as the Baker ditch. The
    conversation had not continued long until Obmer Martin and Nichael
    Foley of the same township, on their way home, and who are contractors
    for the digging of said ditch, drove up beside them with Mr. Schroeder
    standing between the buggies. Foley listened to the conversation a
    short time, then commenced to use very abusive language toward Mr.
    Schroeder, calling him many hard names until Mr.Reese told Foley he
    should be ashamed of abusing an old man. Foley then turned his
    attention toward Mr. Reese, using all the abusive language that a vile
    tongue could utter, which so much offended Mr. Reese that he got out
    of his buggy, went to Foley's buggy and struck him a time or two. At
    this, Foley got out of his buggy, when a few blows were passed and
    they clinched, and in falling, Foley fell beneath. The bystanders
    seperated the men at once by pulling Reese off and Foley a little to
    one side. On turning to Mr. Reese they noticed him remaining in the
    same position they had left him, and on raising him up they found his
    eyes staring, that respiration had ceased and the man was dead.
    Foley, on being told that Reese was dead, began to lament and said,
    "My God, what shall I do?" Mr. Schroeder told Foley that he was under
    arrest, when he pulled himself away, ran north on Michigan road and
    when a little west of the old Higby stand he was caught by Mr. Martin,
    and on returning he jumped out of the buggy and threatened to shoot
    Martin if he attempted to arrest him. Martin became alarmed and
    returned without him. Dr. C. A. Hotzendorff, coroner, was sent for
    and arriving detailed three men to take charge of the remains, to take
    the deceased to his home when an inquest and post mortem would be held
    on Sunday morning at nine o'clock. In accordance with previous
    arrangements, the coroner, assisted by Drs. J. J. Hamilton and J. H.
    Wilson, commenced the inquest and autopsy on Sunday morning.
    Witnesses testified that the deceased could not have been injured in
    the conflict, as the blows were light. The body showed no marks of
    injury externally, but, owing to venus congestion the body was covered
    with black spots. On opening the body, the lungs were found congested
    to their utmost capacity, the liver larger than normal and the heart
    seriously diseased, with simple dilation of the right side of the
    organ, the auricle especially being three times as large as it should
    be, with its walls very thin. The right side of the heart was found
    filled with blood, which, on being opened showed that the muscular
    fiber was pale, softened and flacid. A verdict was rendered that the
    man came to his death from heart disease, the extreme anger and
    violent exercise at the time of death being the immediate cause. Mr.
    Reese was aged forty-seven and leaves a wife and six children.
  • Birth: 1835 in Ohio
  • Death: 10 Jul 1882

    Father: Joseph REESE b: in Pennsylvania
    Mother: Mary YOUNG b: in Ohio

    1. Abbrev: "The Reese Family, 1835-1986"
      Title: "All information documented by public records, newspaper articles or
      family members. Information compiled by Elmer Peters and Evelyn
      Marks Peters, great-great grand-daughter of Joseph and Mary Young
      Author: Elmer & Evelyn Peters
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