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Sep 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Florence E. Laderman

Florence E. Laderman, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Florence E. Laderman, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Florence Estella Laderman, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Florence E.
LADERMAN
1909-1910

Florence Estella Laderman was born 19 March 1909 to William and Maria (Schott) Laderman. She was baptized at Zion Chatt on 11 April 1909, with Lora and Maggie Schott as her sponsors.

Florence died 13 August 1910, at the age of 1 year, 5 months, and 24 days. She was buried on the 15th. According to the church records survivors included W. and M. Laderman.

From previous research I know Florence was also survived by a brother and sister, Paul Edward and Margaret Elizabeth. Another sister, Josephine Wilma, was born about three weeks after Florence’s death.

Florence’s cause of death was “summer complaint.” That was a term used for a severe GI infection, mainly diarrhea, that usually occurred in infants and children in the summertime, and was sometimes caused by spoiled milk.

Florence’s date of birth, shown in her church baptismal record as 19 March 1909, disagrees with her calculated date of birth, calculated from her age at death in her church burial record. Her birth date would be 20 February 1909, if calculated from her age given at her time of death.

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