The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 29, 1875

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Yesterday we announced the sudden and serious sickness of Captain Robert F. Child of this city; how brief the space between life and the grave is made appallingly clear by the announcement of his death, which occurred about 11 o'clock last night at the residence of Dr. Scott, where he has lived since the death of Mrs. Child.

The captain has not been entirely sound in health since a severe sickness two of three years ago, but was ordinarily well till the latter part of last week. Saturday, and Saturday evening he was down street, but then had a strange and rather frequent bleeding of the mouth. Later the symptoms of Purpura Hemorrhagica - liver spots on the skin, scattered in patches over the thighs, arms and trunk with occasional hemorrhages from the mouth and nostrils - appeared, and his decline was rapid.

He was unconscious for several hours. Captain Child was born, we believe, in New York City, but came to Oswego in the early part of his life. For several years he was a sailing master on the Lakes and afterwards commanded various steam vessels of the Lake Ontario Steamboat Company. For a good many years he had performed the duties of a deputy collector in the Oswego Custom House, and had a sort of general oversight of the outside business of the Customs in this district, in which position he was very useful on account of his experience and reliability, and which position he retained at his death.

He had long been a devoted member of Christ Church and was for many years a warden of that church. he was an honest and honorable man, trusty in business, a safe adviser and a man, who, to all appearances, shaped his life by the best understanding of the rules of morality and religion. He leaves many sincere mourners, though, in this city, we believe, no very near relatives. We do not know how we can better express the public estimate of Capt. Child's character than by saying that he was a truly worthy man.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 29, 1875