Good news. I was at Fincastle Library today doing some work on personal property tax records and checked the microfilm copies of the Botetourt County newspaper in 1882 and found a copy for 3 days after Erasmus' death. The problem? They close at 1:00 pm on Saturday, and I didn't have to do a thorough check of that issue or surrounding issues. This give's me hope that we'll find a obit. I'm heading back on Monday, so I'll look more thoroughly. My previous post, as you can see, was made just before the Library had closed; it was after I posted that I had checked on the microfilm.