Fred Winzenried 25yrs dies from Scarlet Fever complications – 1884


Died, at Cloverdale, Oregon, Jan 31, 1884, Fred B, oldest son of C and A Winzenried, aged 25 years, 3 months and 3 days.

The many friends of Fred will be pained to hear of his untimely death.  He suffered very much. He was first attacked by that dread disease, scarlet fever, about six weeks before his death which left him in a weakened condition, but he was up and around until a few days before his death.  He had been predisposed for some time to heart disease, which caused his death.  He was one of the most highly esteemed residents of this vicinity, and all will miss in him a genial friend.  During his residence here he formed many acquaintances, and many of those who knew him have expressed the deepest regret at his departing.  He leaves a father, mother, sisters and brothers to mourn his loss:

Oh hearts that are broken down and weeping, When life and its and its longing are past, You’ll forget all this at his greeting And glance of his face at last.  A Friend.”  Eugene City Guard, Feb 23, 1884, pg. 5, col. 3.

1880 Federal Census – Coast Fork, Lane, Oregon, United States – shows Fred as a child of Chris and Anna Winzenried [Wincenried] along with his siblings.  I did not find Fred on Find-a-Grave, but did find possible relatives.

We don’t hear of Scarlet Fever much anymore.  There is no vaccine for the disease, but today it is treated with antibiotics. It was a leading cause of death of children in the 20th century.  One of the long term complications is heart disease – which sounds like what contributed to Fred’s death.


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