Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday's Child: Asbury Spindle

Manassas Journal
January 30, 1914

Little Asbury Spindle, of Bristow, died Sunday morning in Washington after an illness following Pasteur treatment for a mad dog bite suffered some time ago.

Surviving members of the family are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. U. B. Spindle, two brothers and a sister who is at this writing critically ill.

The funeral was held at Asbury M. E. church Wednesday afternoon.  The pastor in charge, Rev. J. E. Slick, and Rev. C. K. Cockran conducted the service and interment was made in the cemetery near town.  The pall bearers were Floyd Bryant, John Bell, Gordon Brown and Emmett Cather.

Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA)
January 29, 1914


Manassas, VA, January 28 -- Asbury B. Spindle, aged four years, son of Mrs. Upton Spindle, of Bristow, died in Washington this morning.  The remains were brought here this afternoon, and the remains were buried at the Manassas Cemetery.  Yesterday the funeral of a younger sister was held here, whose death occurred in Washington the day before.  These deaths are the sad sequel of a mad dog scare which occurred in Bristow in the month of December.  At that time a puppy belonging to the Spindle family was bitten by a stray dog afflicted with rabies, who in turn went mad.  Not knowing of its affliction, the young dog was allowed to roam around Bristow, at which time several other persons were bitten.  The puppy died, and its head was sent to the government laboratory at Washington, and later it was learned that it showed signs of rabies.  All persons, including four of Mrs. Spindle's children, were sent at once to Washington to receive the government Pasteur treatment, and the death of these two children was indirectly caused by the bite of the dog.  Other patients who went there are fully, it is reported.

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