Alvin Jesse Green
born December 22, 1867, in Dayton, Illinois (date from age at death; see death certificate below)
died May 26, 1880, in Dayton, Illinois
The village of Dayton is infected with that dread disease diptheria. A number of young people and children are down with it; and on Wednesday Miss Allie Green, a 12-year old daughter [sic] of Jesse Green, Esq., died from the disease. On Thursday Eddie Makinson also died. Miss Cora Green is now lying sick with the same disease and scarcely expected to live. Dr. Hard pronounces these the most malignant cases he has ever seen. There are several other cases, but none are of a very serious nature.1
Allie, son of Jesse and H. R. Green, May 26th, 1880, of diptheria.
He sleeps, for “He giveth His beloved sleep.” The chain is broken – a home link missing. But far sweeter the rest in the better land. Our earth love calls for Allie, but voices beyond the mystic river have folded their wing about thee and borne thee home. Bereaved ones, think of the home where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more. All things will speak of Allie; when the world believes you gay his springing step and merry voice will sound in your ear. Though on earth it is hushed, in memory the dark eye will beam with loving light. Allie is gone only a little while before. Soon you will all pass to the better shore, ford the stream that seems so dark and dreary now, meet and greet Allie where crowns of life and life eternal be yours forevermore.2
1. Ottawa [Illinois] Free Trader, May 29, 1880, p. 1, col. 4
2. Free Trader, June 5, 1880, p. 5, col. 3