Sudden death a mystery, as son dies in same spot as father did years earlier

Luray-Cave Hill

November 3, 1887 — Last Monday evening about 8 o’clock Mr. John M. Lichliter, the well-known saddler of Luray, was in Messers. Harmison and Co.’s store in this place, apparently as well as usual. Leaving that place a few minutes after the hour mentioned, he was noticed leaning against the Baptist church, and in attempting to walk he fell on the curbing, inflicting a deep gash over the right eye from which he bled profusely.

He was carried to the residence of Mr. Miles Yager where he died about five hours afterwards, never having spoken or regained consciousness. The physician was unable to ascertain whether his death resulted from apoplexy or the rupture of a blood vessel.

He leaves a large family, grieved and heart-broken at the sudden and unexpected loss of their chief support. He was in his 54th year.

It is rather a singular coincidence that the spot where Mr. Lichliter fell was within a few steps of where his father in like manner fell many years ago, presumably from the same cause, his death also ensuing soon afterward. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier


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