By Pamela Pattison Lash
I’m sure you have heard of obituaries being written for a person who is very much alive. If not, here’s the case of a man living in Williams County, Ohio who was given a nice obit; when he saw this, he was quick to correct the false impression of his demise – wouldn’t you?
This is what I first uncovered:
Bryan Democrat, 13 February 1890 p5 c3
Death of Curt Garrison
Report reaches here Tuesday of the death of Curtis S Garrison of Russian influenza at Edon. Mr Garrison was born in Portage Co, O in 1835; was left an orphan at an early age; when eleven years old he began work on a canal; six years later he became a peddler; came to Williams Co and was engaged as a clerk in a store at Edgerton until 1869, excepting three months in 1861 which he served in the 14th Ohio under Col Jim Steadman – About 1870 he located at Edon, this county and soon won prominence as one of the most active businessmen in the western part of the county. He was a genial gentleman and many warm friends will regret his early death.
Then I discovered this:
Bryan Democrat, 20 February 1890 p5 c2
Edon, Ohio 2-4-19
Dear Democrat, - In your issue of this week you write me a nice obituary and gave a short correct history of my life, for which I thank you, but I’m not dead yet, for which I am more than thankful, neither asleep but by the grace of God (and the skill of a physician) am doing well here. One of my friends accuses me of getting this up to see what people would say of me after I was dead, but that’s not so. What do I care, for if God is for me who can be against me!
Replying and Fraternally,
C S Garrison
From here I researched the man who was not dead yet!
Curtis S Garrison (July 1835 Portage Co, OH - Feb 1890, Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH or 27 May 1927, Rifle, Garfield Co, CO); died of Russian influenza; s/o Iliff Garrison (d 1848 Portage Co, OH) and Elizabeth Calvin (d 1843 Portage Co, OH)
Bryan Democrat, 13 Feb 1890 p5 c3
Bryan Democrat, 3 June 1927 p2 c4
4 November 1861, Lenawee Co, MI Curtis S Garrison married Elizabeth Curtis
Elizabeth Curtis (April/ September 1842 pos Otsego Co, NY - aft 1900); d/o David Curtis and Charlotte St John
Fred L 1867
Orson David 1876
Iliff C 8 Feb 1879 Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH
1850 Hudson, Lenawee Co, MI
Curtis, Elizabeth 8 NY living with parents and siblings
1860 Hudson, Lenawee, Michigan; Roll: M653_551; Page: 592; Image: 592; Family History Library Film: 803551.
Curtis, Elizabeth 18 NY living with parents and siblings
1850 Edinburg, Portage, Ohio; Roll: M432_722; Page: 222B; Image: 602.
Curtis Garrison 14 OH living with John and Sophronia Cope and his sister Charity Garrison
Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Ohio.
Affiliate Publication Number: M552
Affiliate Film Number: 38
GS Film number: 0882251
Co C 14th Ohio Infantry – private; 3 month service 1861
1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 70B; Image: 144; Family History Library Film: 552781.
Garrison CS 36 OH dry goods merchant
Elizabeth 28 MI
Frederick L 3 OH
Ulysses C 1 OH
1880 Eden, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 553A; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0738.
Garrison, Curt S 44 OH-PA-PA merchant in general merchandise
Elizabeth wife 38 NY
Fred son 13 OH
Gracie dau 6 OH
Orson son 4 OH
Illiff son 1 OH
Bush, Jane 29 OH
1890 Veterans Schedule – 23 April 1861 to 13 Aug 1861 in Co C 14th Ohio Infantry, private, residing in Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH
21 Aug 1890 – invalid – CW service
1894 Michigan State Census – Village of Hillsdale – Curtis Garrison
1900 Hillsdale, Hillsdlae Co, MI
Garrison, Elizabeth 58 (Apr 1842) married 42 Y 6/4 ch
Illiff C son 21 OH-OH-NY music student
1900 Township 1, Maricopa, Arizona Territory; Roll: 46; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 1240046.
Curtis Garrison 54 (July 1835) OH-VA-VA married, carpenter
Aug 14, 1900 to 8 June 1904 living in the National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, Curtis S Garrison: 696731 pension certificate
23 April 1861 Bryan, Oh to 13 Aug 1861 Toledo, OH; 5’4”, fair, can read and write, is religious Protestant, clerk, living in Sawtelle, CA, married, Elizabeth Garrison, wife, living in Hillsdale Co, MI
1910 Precinct 15, Garfield, Colorado; Roll: T624_120; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0047; FHL microfilm: 1374133.
Curtis Garrison 74 OH-OH-OH widower, farmer
1920 South Rifle, Garfield, Colorado; Roll: T625_164; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 38; Image: 729.
Curtis S Garrison 84 OH-VA-VA widower, farmer
US Veterans Administration Payment Card – death 27 May 1927