This article appeared on the front page of the August 31st, 1939 edition of the Boone County Recorder
Rocky Mountain Fever Said To Be Cause Of Death Of Mrs. John F. Brown- Services Held Monday.
Mrs. Matilda Brown, 61, wife of John F. Brown, died late Friday at Booth Hospital, Covington, after being ill since August 11th. Her death was attributed to Rocky Mountain Fever caused from a tiny tick bite.
The tick was removed from Mrs. Brown, August 11th by members of the family. She became ill two days later, carrying a high fever.
A survey among physicians revealed only one other previous death this year in Kentucky caused by the disease.
She was a life-long resident of Boone County and a member of the Florence Baptist Church. She was active in church work until her death and was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing this fine lady. She had a very pleasant disposition and a kind work for everyone. She will be greatly missed throughout the entire community.
She was the mother-in-law of R.G. Kinman, well known northern Kentucky realtor and auctioneer.
She is survived by her husband, John F. Brown, three daughters, Mrs. Marie Kinman, Mrs. Cecil Fraim and Mrs. Elva Benson; twp brothers, a sister and five grandchildren.
Approximately 1000 people viewed the remains which laid in state at the Tharp & Stith Funeral Home, Florence from Saturday until Monday.
Funeral services were held at 2:30p.m. Monday at the Florence Baptist Church, with Rev. R.F. Demoisey, her pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Richwood Cemetery.
Tharp & Stith, Florence Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.