in June, 1851, that the cholera made its appearance in Greenbush and vicinity.
There were about twelve deaths from this disease at that time. Lawson Walker was
the first one. He died June 15, 1851. Abner Walker and his daughter Abigail died
on the same day, June 24, 1851, making three deaths in the same family. Abner
Walker lived on the north side of the square in the village and was engaged in
keeping hotel. The following-named persons also died: Juliet, wife of Dr. Thomas
M. Luster, June 26, 1851; Joseph Sisson, June 23, 1851; Abijah Roberts, June 23,
1851; Sullivan, son of Alfred Osborn; Lafayette Ratekin, George Tally, Jacob
Perkins, and A. J. Willey.
Several families left the village and did not return until after the disease
disappeared. Porter J. Jack and John C. McCall took an active part in doing
everything they could for the sick and dying. Philip Karns was also very helpful
in removing the dead to the cemeteries and burying them.
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