|My 3rd great-grand uncle, John K. Gowdy|
A Family History Comprising the Surnames of Gowdy
and the Variant Forms by Mahlon Myron Gowdy, 1919, p. 537.
On March 24, 1870, little Latta Gowdy died.
He was only two years, three months and twenty-four days of age. Those, who have wept, and still weep over a loss like this -- the death of a first born -- can best sympathize with those who weep. His [father], mother and sister survive. (Rushville Republican, 22 Aug 1931, p. 4)
It must have been a terrible shock to the Gowdy family, especially since their daughter Fanny had been born just two weeks earlier. I'm sure that John never got over the loss of his beloved son, yet he found a way to ease his grief and help someone else in the process. Sometime around 1876, John Gowdy took in a boy from the Cincinnati Children's Home.
For three years, the Gowdys provided a caring home for this new son. Then something completely unexpected happened...
Last week the boy's father, living at Lawrenceburg, heard of his whereabouts, came and claimed him, and they reluctantly gave him up. (Rushville Republican, 16 Oct 1879, p. 3.)
I really wish I knew what the boy's name was so that I could find out more about him. Hopefully, his father treated him well. I like to think that John Gowdy's kindness had a lasting impact on the boy's life.