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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday's Obituary's - Quadruple Tragedy - So Sorry Lulu

Earl and Lulu
Lulu Mary Beebe was born December 6, 1898.  She was the daughter of Alfred Royal Beebe, brother to my 3rd great grandmother.  On August 8, 1917 she married Earl Marshall Taylor and began their family.  I have nine children listed but they might have had as many as 12 children.

The youngest children were Alfred Ernest, born January 11, 1934 and Oliver Royal, known as Ollie, born on March 20, 1935.  The family lived in Muskegon, Michigan.

Lulu's husband died on April 4, 1935 at the age of 39 when Alfred was 15 months old, and Lulu was eight months pregnant with Ollie. 

Fourteen years later, 1935, triple tragedy strikes Lulu and her family.  Ollie dies on August 11, 1949 of polio.  Her mother-in-law Jennie dies on November 10, 1949, and then her son, Albert died of polio on November 30, 1949.



  1. Poor Lulu! How does one go on after so much loss.

  2. I can vaguely my mother anxiety when the summer came. We were not allowed to go where there were crowds and we did not go swimming. We had to stay around the house.

    I can remember when Jonas Salk had developed his polio vaccine and we were whisked at hyper speed to stand in line to get our polio shots. I think there was a series.

    Dr. Salk did his research in Pittsburgh where we lived and everyone was so excited for this mans research and how many lives he had saved.

    I had forgotten all about that incident in my life till I read you post. Thank You.

  3. How tragic to lose her family that way. Unfortunately, this still happens although rare, thank goodness. I cared for a child as a home nurse who contracted paralytic polio from receiving the wrong kind of polio vaccine. He was paralyzed from the neck down. He was on a ventilator and lived to just shy of his 3rd birthday. He had around the clock nursing care. Zack was an absolutely delightful child. With all the adult stimulation, he was super smart and had a great sense of humor. He is buried at Madison, NY. Donna

    1. They were doing right by innoculating Zack and because of an error he contracted what they were trying to protect him from. I can't imagine the anquish his parents felt.


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