Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 14

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 14

What Happened to the Other Guests?As we conclude our story of the Great Olive Poisoning of 1919, we return once again to the retelling of the story by William H. Morgan, who later became the President of Morgan Engineering in Alliance, Ohio. He wrote this history of...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 13

Aftermath for the Morgan FamilyWe return to the final portions of the story as told by William H. Morgan, son of Col. Morgan, who was just 15 years old at the time of the dinner party.Aftermath.Mother [Annette Sharer Morgan] later admitted that she was very ill the...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 12

The Final VictimSaturday, August 30, 1919The final victim of the olive poisoning, Jessie Sanford, died. Reports on Mary Bates said that she was barely holding on.The headline of The Alliance Review  now referred to the dinner party as the “death banquet”...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 11

Funerals Are Held for the Dead Friday, August 29, 1919 The entry in William H. Morgan’s accounting of the Olive Poisoning for August 29 is very brief but relates how difficult a day it was: This was a difficult day. Uncle John and Aunt Kit Sharer were buried in...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 10

Jessie Sanford StrugglesThe entry for August 28 in William H. Morgan’s account is equally short with yesterday’s:Thursday August 28Jessie Sanford’s condition worsening. Mary Bates critically ill.The Alliance Review offers details on the day’s events,...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 9

The First Information Published in The Alliance ReviewWilliam H. Morgan’s account of August 27 is extremely short:Wednesday August 27Aunt Kit Sharer died Wednesday morning.At this point, the story is picked up by The Alliance Review. Three prominent citizens of...