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WATTS, Millard Fillmore

    Cambria Freeman, 18 May 1906, Contributed by Patty Millich

Found Dead in His Bed!
Well Known Citizen of Gallitzin Dies Tuesday,
His Death Not Discovered until the Following Monday

Gallitzin, May 16, 1906 -- Millard Fillmore Watts, aged about 50 years, was found dead in bed at his home here Monday evening about 7:15 o'clock by friends. It is believed he had been dead since Tuesday night of last week.

On Tuesday Mr. Watts was seen about town and he had purchased a new suit of clothes with the intention of attending the funeral of an uncle who died at Carrolltown where the services were held last Thursday. He had told his brothers, sisters and friends of his intent to attend the funeral and when he did not return within a day or more, it was not thought unusual.

When a mourner returned from the services, however, and stated that Mr. Watts was not present at the funeral, his relatives and friends became alarmed, especially as Mr. Watts had been in ill health for quite a while. Squire Parrish, Joseph Buck and O. J. Deemer of this place, Monday evening went to the man's home where he lived all alone, never having married. They found the doors all locked and the blinds lowered. They got a glimpse into his bedroom on the first floor, however and were greatly startled to see him in bed. They attempted to arouse the apparently sleeping man but failed. They forced an entrance and found the man's features much discolored and indications of decomposition.

He had evidently died Tuesday evening of heart failure. He was disrobed and the bed clothing was not disarranged in any way indicating that he had doubtless retired for the night and fallen to sleep.

Mr. Watts was born in Gallitzin and owned a great deal of real estate here. His parents are both dead, but four brothers and one sister survive him. He was a member of the Red Men of this place.

Funeral services over the remains were held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the late home of the deceased and interment was made in the cemetery at Gallitzin.

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