This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We gave a brief note in our last of the death of this excellent gentleman. We find in Our Home Journal, fuller accounts of his decease:
Died - At Tangipahoa, La., on Wednesday, September 18, at 9 a. m., of yellow fever, H. A. SWASEY, M. D., aged 54 years; a native of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, - a resident in the South for many years.
We make the above announcement with deep sorrow. It is not easy to replace men like Dr. Swasey, and the void created by his death will be keenly felt outside of the home circle.
Dr. Swasey died at his post of duty. A physician's field of action, in the country, extends over a considerable area. He was in Washington parish, many miles from home, when he became aware of the attack of this fearful disease. He nevertheless visited his patients and administered to their relief, before caring for himself. This delay proved fatal. The fever, at first, yielded to treatment, but later, unfavorable symptoms developed and - we mourn his loss.
During a useful and busy life our friend was connected with the agricultural press. He was for a considerable time editor of Our Home Journal. Previously he published a horticultural paper at Yazoo City, Miss., and was on the staff of the Rural Alabamian, at Mobile, Ala. Subsequently he took editorial charge of the South-ern Plantation, at Montgomery, Ala.
After his second marriage, in 1876, he settled in Tangipahoa and resumed the practice of his profession. His agricultural and horticultural knowledge he did not, however, hide under a bushel but he freely dispensed it for the good of the world at large. Much of Southern agricultural and horticultural knowledge is due to his earnest and unselfish labor.
Dr. Swasey was twice married. Four daughters, by his first marriage, mourn his loss. In 1876 he married Miss Rosaline Harris, sister of our esteemed townsman Otis Harris, Esq. The widow and an only son survive him. Requiescat in pace.
Since the above was in type the friends of the late distinguished Southern horticulturist, Dr. Swasey, will have the additional pain of learning that his daughter Ida has also fallen a victim to the yellow fever.
No doubt among the list of five or six thousand deaths from yellow fever, will be found the names of many of our horticultural friends. We have watched the lists so far as their fragmentary character will allow, but so far have seen only Dr. Swasey's name among others. His death is a very severe loss to American horticulture, which he has served so long by his able writings.
Col.Daniel Dennett, one of the best known and most useful horticultural writers in the Southern States, has received a severe blow in the loss of his son by the yellow fever. He remained in charge of the telegraph station at Vicksourg and died at his post.