Thursday, May 15, 2008


Little, Elizabeth

The East Liverpool Tribune


Mrs. Elizabeth Little Passes Away After a Lingering Illness

At 6 o'clock Saturday morning (Feb. 2, 1907) Mrs. Elizabeth B. Little died at her home in the Little block in the Diamond after a number of months of suffering. Deceased was aged 62 years and was one of the best known women of the city. For a number of years she has been prominently connected with the W. C. T. U. and also with several of the societies of the First Methodist Episcopal church, with which she has been connected for a number of years. For several years Mrs. Little was president of the W. C. T. U. and the meetings were held at her home.

A complication of diseases was the cause of death and every effort was made to prolong life, but without effect. Last fall Mrs. Little with three of her children went to Phoenix, Ariz. They remained there for some two months without the desired effect in regard to the improvement of the health of the mother. They returned home the first of the present year and since that time deceased has rapidly declined.

Her maiden name was Miss Elizabeth Blackburn Dawson, a daughter of Thomas and Nancy Dawson, and was born May 28, 1845, on the farm of her parents in the vicinity of Ohioville, Pa., where she was reared.

On December 8, 1864, she was united in marriage to Bennett R. Little, at Smiths Ferry, Pa. the husband had just entered the oil refining business in that place. They removed to East Liverpool in 1875 when Mr. Little engaged in the meat business. Later he entered the ice business and for years conducted the same successfully, having his own ice ponds. Mr. Little retired from business about two years before his death, which occurred in 1898.

The Dawson family from which Mrs. Little came is an old American one, the great-grandfather, Michael Dawson, being one of nine brothers to remove from Maryland and settle in Beaver county, Pa. They were pioneers there and acquired a large acreage of land, including the tract known as Island Run, where some of the first oil and gas wells of the country are located.

Thomas Dawson, the father of Mrs. Little was born on the farm adjoining that on which she was born in the vicinity of Ohioville. He remained in that part of the state until a few years before his death, which occurred in Bellevue, Pa., in 1894.

Ten children were born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Little, the following six of whom survive: Frank B., Miss Mayme, Percy, George D. and Hazel B., of this city, and John G., of Derry, Pa.

The funeral services will be held at the late home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Dr. T. W. Lane, of the First Methodist Episcopal church, assisted by Rev. Dr. J. C. Taggart, of the First United Presbyterian church, a long time friend and neighbor of deceased officiating. Interment will be in Riverview cemetery.

Friends wishing to view the remains may do so between the hours of 7 and 10 o'clock this evening.

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