I’ve been combing through Pittsburgh newspapers attempting to find more information on my great-great-granduncle, Simon Keating and his wife. While I don’t know if the man in these articles is my Simon, it is still an interesting story. I wonder who the woman was and what her eventual fate became.
A Demented Woman At Large
Officer Lang, of the Birmingham street car line yesterday afternoon picked up a demented woman on Smithfield street and took her to Central station. She talked incoherently about a big house on Lake street, Cleveland, and two matrons, but nothing further could be learned from her. An envelope in her pocket of the City Infirmary of Cleveland bore the name of Simon Keating, blacksmith shops of Lake Erie Railroad, and Mrs. Eliza Keating, No. 74 Manton avenue. Inquiry at the Lake Erie Railroad developed the fact that a man named Keating had worked there, but left three months ago. The woman is about thirty-five years of age, thin featured and rather poorly dressed. It is supposed that she escaped from some one in whose charge she was. [Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 23 Aug 1888, Thu · Page 2, Downloaded on May 15, 2018]
A Demented Woman. — A demented woman, about 25 years of age, spare faced and rather poorly dressed, was found wandering along Smithfield street and taken to Central station. An envelope of the city infirmary, of Cleveland, found in her pocket, bore the name of Simon Keating, blacksmith shops of Lake Erie railroad, and Mrs. Eliza Keating, No. 74 Manton avenue. [The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · 23 Aug 1888, Thu · Page 4, Downloaded on May 15, 2018]
Some interesting notes from this story I’ll have to keep in mind.
- Was my Simon a blacksmith? I do know that brothers John and Patrick worked for one or more railroads. Could Simon have as well?
- Who was Eliza Keating? Does her name appear in my Simon’s family?
- The mysterious woman had a connection to Cleveland. Simon’s brother Patrick’s family ended up in Cleveland. Could there be some connection here?
- Who was the mysterious woman? The two articles put her as born around or between 1853 and 1863, although it sounds as if it was pure guesswork.