No Mention of the Children

2015 06-23 02

Headstone of Maria Elizabeth Schmitt’s parents John and Mary Kauffman

“The many friends of Mrs. Mary E. Schmitt will learn with regret of her death, which occurred at her home, on Calhoun street, early yesterday morning.

Mrs. Schmitt was the daughter of the late John Kauffman, the brewer, who founded the Kauffman Brewing Company, and wife of Emil[e] Schmitt, general manager of the concern.

She was highly esteem[e]d by all, and was the prime mover in many ladies’ societies.

The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon from the residence. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery.” *

Mary Schmitt was born Maria Elizabeth Kauffman. She was my 2nd great-grandmother’s sister-in-law.

Mary and her husband Emile had four known children: Emil J., Carl Julius, Arthur J. and Alvina M.

Only the two youngest lived to adulthood and it appears both were in boarding schools when their mother died on this date in 1896.

Who, I wonder wrote Mary’s obituary? And why, I wonder were her children excluded? Was this typical of the time period?

(As I drafted this post, I realized I do not know the date or place of Mary and Emile’s marriage. I hope to locate this information before my next Schmitt-related blog post.)

2015 06-23 01Mary and her granddaughter Edith (Mueller) Caine share a final resting place in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Many thanks to Find A Grave contributor Lisa Ryan (#47206895) for the headstone photos included in today’s post.

* Obituary source: Death of Mrs. Emil Schmitt. Cincinnati Enquirer (1872-1922); June 24, 1896; ProQuest Newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922) pg.8

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