Causes of Death
Listed in Kearney Cemetery Records before
through surnames under one letter of the alphabet
A. Some general
Old age female, 82, 1891
Male, 89, 1897
Female, 82, 1899
Female, 85, 1909
Female, 90, 1915
Male, 91, 1919
Senility Female, 76, 1958
Natural causes male, 74, 1974
female, 71, 1924
Found dead in bed
male, 62, 1921
B. Some diseases
male, 56, 1913 [no definition found]
male, 24, 1914 [no definition found]
: the quality or state of being empty:
a : the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and water
b : the absence or loss of social, moral, or intellectual vitality or vigor
Male, 3 mo, 1913
Male, 80, 1978
Brain disease - baby, 3 mo, 1890
male, 11 mo, 1890
male, 17, 1899
Gas infection male, 39, 1929
Brights Disease [kidney disease, today called nephritis] 4 listed
Female, 34, 1900
Female, 14, 1904
Female, 56, 1905
Female, 40, 1915
Male, 39, 1926
C. Some deaths due to war/accidents/suicides
Deceased in WWII
male, 19, died Mar. 1945, interred Apr 1984
Head fracture C. J., 21
1, 1947 - Young man, 21, walking to job at a cleaners on Central from home
on west 28th
between 8 & 9 pm.
Tripped and fell hitting head on sidewalk.
When he did not show up for work they called his home; father and brother
set out to look for him.
Brother found him about 9:10. Pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital, of
shock and exposure.
[cell phones and ambulance service not in use yet]
2-3 train accidents
Lady, 29, killed Feb 10, 1901
by a train.
She was born in Sweden in 1871, came with brother to US about 1885 to
She came to Kearney and worked for a prominent family for some time.
When she returned home they promised her the job when she came back to
However, when she was ready to come back they did not have a position for
promised to help her find another one.
Late January 1901 she returned to Kearney, leaving the train in a
wandered about town for a while, finally turning herself in at the hospital
She did not remember anything after leaving the train until reaching the
said she had taken an overdose of medicine given to her by a doctor in
After being released from the hospital she went to work for another Kearney
family as assistant cook and
general house keeper.
She gave no indication of being depressed.
[tracks in the snow told the story]
She got up in the middle of the night, walked two blocks to the railroad
took off her shoes and laid down between the rails of the sourth track.
But the next train to approach was westbound, north track.
So she got up and threw herself in front of it.
(The paper described the condition of the body but its too gruesome to
Her brother was notified and he came to arrange for her burial here.
Several suicides listed vas cause of death, one suicide by hanging
[To be continued with stories about five people next month]