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1899 Vital statics

Source: Decorah Republican Apr. 19, 1900 P 1 C 7


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The vital statistics collected by each assessor, as by law required, afford some interesting Items, at least it is so In those gathered by Mr. Chas. McMasters, the assessor In Decorah corporation. He found the number of deaths during the year to be 57, or over 20 more than those of 1898. Investigation as to the why of this increase disclosed that it was owing to the surprising number of elderly people who, having lived close up to the allotted years, were called hence. More than half those who died were over fifty. The exact figures are: Under fifty 27, over fifty 30.

By decades the statistics are:
Under 10 years old ................8
From 10 to 20 years old ..........4
From 20 to 30 years old ..........8
From 30 to 40 years old ..........6
From 40 to 50 years old ......... 1
From 50 to 60 years old ......... 3
From 60 to 70 years old .........10
From 70 to 80 years old ..........9
Upwards of 80 years old ......... 8

Following Is a list of those past sixty, the years being those of the nearest birthday.

Gravestone Nameage
 Allen, Susan A79
 Beers, Salina84
 Benedict, Lovina B.76
GBreckenridge, John66
GBrady, Rosanna83
 Curtis, Sophia K.63
 Decker, E.62
 Drake, Mary Jane87
GEngbertson, Ole81
GGreer, Hannah70
 Hakansen, Ragnhild86
 Hoffos, Ingre89
GHutchinson, Carrie E62
GJaeger, Gotfried65
 Johnson, Lena J.63
 Jorgenson, Julia75
GKellogg, Carrie Vincent61
GKnowlton, Deborah Tracy91
GLarsen, Anna Bergette74
GMcKay, Elizabeth80
 Monahan, Phillip78
 Nesheim, Ida65
GOttesen, Kathrian76
 Steinman, Adam88
 Thompson, Martha67
GUpdegraff, W B78
 Wheeler, Leah74

The causes of death as given the assessor were as follows:
Infirmities of age………....….9
Pneumonia…………….....…….6
Pulmonary difficulties......…6
Spinal Meningitis…........…..5
Dropsy…………..........………..5
Paralysis………................….4
Heart diseases…........……...4
Fevers……......................….4
Accidents………………......…...2
Constipation of intestines...2

The remainder were for single causes , among which are Bright's disease, appendicitis, cancer and nervous prostration

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