Transcribed from The Fremont Weekly Journal (Fremont, Ohio), Friday, January 7, 1870, page 3:
Poisoned.–A young man in Port Clinton, named August Harms, son of John F. Harms, of that place, picked what he supposed to be a piece of candy, from the sidewalk, on Monday the 27th and ate it. Soon after he reached home, he complained of feeling sick. Physicians were sent for, who pronounced it to be a case of poisoning, and what he had supposed to be candy was strychnine.–All efforts to save him were of no avail and he died in about four hours.
A sad story. I think John F. Harms and his son August are part of my family, but I’m not totally sure. My 2nd great-grandmother was Anna Sophia HARMS. She married Harmon (Herman) WINTERS in 1854. They had both emigrated from Germany to Ottawa County, Ohio. Anna Sophia was born in 1838 and died in 1881 in Ohio so I imagine Anna and John F. and August were related. I will keep searching for a connection.