Chattanooga Times, March 2, 1886, p. 4
Mrs. L. N. Ford Fatally Stricken with Paralysis.
Mrs. Nannie B. Ford, wife of L. N. Ford, the well-known compositor at the TIMES office, died suddenly at her home on Gilmer street last night about 9:30 o'clock. Mrs. Ford was in her usual health yesterday and retired about 9 o'clock. In a short time, her husband was awakened by her deep and irregular breathing, and when he spoke to her he received no response. This alarmed Mr. Ford and a moment later he was horrified to find his wife in an unconscious condition and a closer examination revealed the fact that she was rapidly sinking. He hurriedly summoned Dr. Wise, but when the physician arrived fifteen minutes later Mrs. Ford was dead. Her death was caused by paralysis, she having suffered from a severe stroke many years ago. She was about seventy years of age.
The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.
Chattanooga Times, January 7, 1892, p. 5
Death of L. N. Ford
Close of a Busy Life – An Honest, Upright Man Lays Down Life's Burdens – A Pioneer of Chattanooga
Early yesterday morning at his residence on Gilmer Street Leonidas N. Ford breathed his last after several days' illness. His immediate trouble was malignant grippe, but the disease only ran out the few sands of life remaining in the aged frame. Until illness confined him a few days ago Mr. Ford had been employed as a compositor with the Times Printing Company. He has been with the regular Tradesman force since that journal saw the light, and prior to its birth was a printer for the Times. Men have died at the zenith of their fame won by daring, but the bravest has never laid down life's load more honored, more respected than “Old Man Ford.” Yesterday one who has been his co-laborer for twelve years past, said of the deceased:
“I never knew him to tell a lie. I never knew him to use a profane word. I never knew him to have a dishonorable thought or do a reprehensible deed. His life has been unsullied by a single regret.”
The epitaph is a true one, as all will attest who knew and loved the grand old man. Can fame or fortune crown better a life? In Mr. Ford's death Chattanooga lost as good a man as ever lived within or without her limits.
He was unobstrusively modest, and therefore not widely known, but those who knew him will testify to his merits and sincerely sorrow at the news of his death.
Mr. Ford came from McMinnville, Tenn., to Chattanooga about the year 1850, and, save a year or two during the war, has lived here continuously. He has, in ever relation of life – as son, brother, husband, father and friend – discharged every obligation. His modesty, integrity and purity of character have gained him the esteem of all who have been associated with him socially or in a business way.
Before coming to Chattanooga, he was associated with his father, Maj. Jno. W. Ford, in the publication of the Central Gazette at McMinnville, one of the first and staunchest Democratic papers in Tennessee, the publication of which was suspended when the Ford family removed to this city in 1850.
The deceased leaves two sons, well known in this city. One: Will Ford is train dispatcher for the Queen & Crescent. The second son, Waller, [the fourth letter of the name is obscured] has for years been prominent in military circles. The funeral occurs this morning at 10 o'clock from the residence, at 208Gilmer street. The pallbearers will be Pa_on L. Gimble [Gamble?], Dr. G. A. R. Tucker, Geo M. Day, Geo E. Purvis, A. A. Cowdery, William Bassett, Jr. Out of respect for the memory of the deceased the Times jobs department and Tradesman composing room will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.