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|FREDERICK H ELDER
(born 1841, died Sep-24-1919, 78 years old) United States of America
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Edited the book of the 2nd American Chess Congress (1871).
Listed as one of the "Reporters for State Press" in 1875, representing the Detroit Tribune (age given as 34).(1)
<Fred. H. Elder, a well-known chess player and former journalist, was sent to the County House yesterday at his own request.>(2)
Fred was apparently released and competed in a Detroit vs Flint Chess Club match at the end of June, 1881.(3)
Fred would eventually become institutionalized, records found for the Wayne County Insane Asylum vs. The State of Michigan General Allowance show:
• Fred. H. Elder, board from April 1 to June 20, 1894, 91 days: $33.58; with an April 11, 1894 charge for a straw hat (13¢) and June 9 charges for a new straw hat (20¢) and suit ($5.00).(4)
• Fred. H. Elder, board, January 1 to March 31, 1897, 90 days: $32.60.(5)
His wife, Mary Jane Elder, would die four years before Fred. Listings of her as a widow would appear to be erroneous.
Frederick H. Elder was relocated to Traverse City on 9 April 1918 and died 24 September 1919 at the Traverse City State Hospital, the cause of death listed was arteriosclerosis and occupation was given as "reporter". He was buried in Ann Arbor, MI.(6)
(1) Manual for the Use of the Legislature of the State of Michigan, Lansing 1875, p118.
(2) Detroit Free Press, 1881.04.08, p1; Wayne County House: Wikipedia article: Eloise (psychiatric hospital)
(3) Detroit Free Press, 1881.07.02, p8.
(4) Annual Report of the Board of State Auditors for the State of Michigan for the year 1894, Lansing 1894, p301.
(5) Joint Documents of the State of Michigan for the Year 1897, Lansing 1898, p321.
(6) Traverse City Death Certificate 1919, File Number 364.