Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Woman Frozen to Death.Date: January 11 1860
Newspaper published in: Washington, D.C.
On Thursday night of last week, a very distressing casualty occurred at Colchester, in this county - being no less than the death by freezing of Mrs. Isabella CRAIG. She had been out washing that day, and after night started for home, but her body was found about 10o'clock Friday morning, frozen almost stiff, within a stone's throw of her house. It would seem that after starting home she had accomplished the greater part of the distance, and that she became bewildered and incapable of rightly directing her steps. In this condition she walked round and round a small circle, not more than thirty feet in diameter. Her path was distinctly marked in the snow. At several places there were indications of her having fallen, and then struggled or crawled before regaining her feet. Probably for hours she marched this weary round, while the wind mocked her frantic calls, and the driven snow blinded her eyes, and the intense cold fast chilled and congealed the current of life. Where she lay down to sleep, as she doubtless thought, but in reality to sleep the sleep that knows no waking, there were no signs of her having suffered a particle of pain. Her clothes were properly about her, her hands partially folded, and the snow undisturbed. After she was discovered an inquest into the facts was held before I. L. BAILEY, esq. and a verdict rendered by the jury that she "came to her death by freezing.
Mrs. CRAIG was born in Scotland, and was almost sixty six years of age. She was a remarkably stout and healthy woman. We were told that she once carried a stove on her head from Macomb to Colchester, a distance of six miles; that she had carried at one load eleven bushels of bran from Tennessee to Colchester, four miles; and our informant told us that he saw her carry a quarter of beef (weighing near 100 pounds) 50 lbs of flour, and a basket of groceries, all at one time. How a woman of such strength could perish as she did is a mystery, and why her husband and sons were not sufficiently alarmed at her absence to hunt for her in the night is still stranger. (Macomb Eagle)