- "Shot by a woman"
This is funny because there are other instances of death by shooting, but they mostly just say "gun wound" or "accidentally shot" or something like that. But being shot by a woman, now that's something worth noting! ;o)
- "Information of bowels"
Of course they meant "inflammation of bowels," but "information of bowels" makes me chuckle.
It's not in today's dictionary, but this word is pretty descriptive, don't you think?
- "Drank lye"
This one is sad. It was a 19-month-old baby.
- "Fell from high chair"
Another sad one. The kid was 14 months old. It seems such a dumb way to die, from such a small thing as falling off your (high)chair.
- "Shot by Jack Cole"
I don't know who Jack Cole was, but apparently he was worth mentioning. He wasn't even a woman, either. Or maybe he was; it didn't state specifically...
- "Shot in Indian War"
- "Shot by RR officer"
RR means railroad. I saw a handful of these actually, people who were shot by railroad officers. I want to know what the heck the railroad officer was doing shooting people, and what these people did to provoke the officers.
- "Improper food"
This was a 4-year-old. I wonder what he ate, if it was food poisoning or something.
- "Basil skull fracture"
I had no idea cooking could be so dangerous...
- "Femal [sic] weakness"
The woman was aged 49, so was it menopause? Was it related to "woman troubles"? Or was the recorder indicating that the woman could have survived, had she been a man? Makes me curious.
Most of the entries were more ordinary: dysentery, stillborn, natural causes, diphtheria, bronchitis, accidental death, lingering illness, pneumonia, childbirth, etc. Thank heavens most of these things are treatable now, and not an automatic bill of death.
*Actually, I can see how this would be possible if the baby died in the womb and the doctor discovered the death using a stethoscope... so I guess that's not as odd as I thought. But the cause of death was pneumonia (with "sick from birth" crossed off), so it's more likely there was just an error somewhere in the record-keeping.