The grave marker of Laura Bohannon, who died at age 35 in 1900. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on May 22, 1900, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 3, Column 4.

A Mysterious Death.

A messenger, the young brother of Miss Bohannon, knocked at the residence of Dr. Pernod last Sunday morning at 2 o’clock and when the physician appeared, announced that his sister Miss Laura was lying dangerously ill at the family home near Plymouth church. The young man stated that his sister had taken ill about noon Saturday. Vomiting and other symptoms gave evidence of an attack of billiousness and nothing was thought of her sickness. Later, however, her condition became more serious, and it was proposed to send for a physician, but she did not favor the idea, saying it was unnecessary. During the night she continued to grow worse, and at 2 o’clock in the morning Dr. Pernod was called. The doctor left immediately for the bedside of the sufferer, but before his arrival death had claimed her.

The cause of her death is a mystery. Something over a year ago she had suffered a severe attack of sickness and a trip east was taken to improve her health. Since her return home she has been in good spirits and has had no ailments until this sudden illness which resulted in her taking off.

Miss Bohannon was a highly respected young lady of this county, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to her grief stricken people. The funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and interment occurred at Newton cemetery.

The Bohannon family marker includes Laura’s name on one side. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)