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Laughlin, Samuel D.
SLIVER CAUSES DEATH
BLOOD POISON FOLLOWS; OPERATION COMES TOO LATE.
Pioneer Resident of Castle Rock Country, Samuel D. Laughlin, Buried Near Farm Home.
CASTLE ROCK, Wash., March 2.---(Special.)---Only an apparently insignificant sliver in his thumb which was pulled out, and not further attention paid to it, caused the death of Samuel D. Laughlin, a pioneer resident of this vicinity, who died last week in a Portland hospital.
The thumb began to swell soon after the sliver was removed, however, and was quite painful, but he refused to call a doctor, thinking he could cure it himself. His condition became so serious, however, that the doctor pronounced Mr. Laughlin in a dangerous condition from blood poisoning and ordered his removal to Portland at once, where an operation was performed, but in vain.
The body was brought to this city and taken to his home four miles north of here, and on Sunday the Masonic lodge of this city, of which he was a charter member, went to his home and conducted the funeral services.
Mr. Laughlin was born near Linn, Osage County, Missouri, May 28, 1843, being the son of Robert R. and Elizabeth Laughlin. He lived on his father's farm until 18 years of age, when he enlisted in Captain Downing's company, Third Missouri Volunteers, may 26, 1861, and served throughout the War of the Rebellion. He was in the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, the siege of Vicksburg, Kenesaw Mountain, and the fall of Atlanta. He was mustered out a the end of his term of enlistment, and was married February 21, 1865, to Eliza J. Morrow, and came to Washington in May, 1873. He moved to his farm on the Cowlitz River in 1881, and since lived there. His widow and nine children survive, namely: Mrs. Robert G. Keatley, Castle Rock; Mrs. J. R. McCurry, Carlton, Or.; P. M. Laughlin, Castle Rock; Mrs. G. A. Baker, Oswego, Or.; Mrs. M. D. Swift, Castle Rock; Lena Laughlin and Esther Laughlin, Castle Rock, and Charles Laughlin, Doty, Wash.
Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR 3 Mar 1910