1912 Obituaries: November 2

The following obituaries appeared on page 20 of the November 2, 1912 issue of the Chicago Daily News; “BORCHARDT-Catherine (nee Michel), Nov 1, 1912, aged 56 years 5 months, beloved wife of J. F. and mother of Frank, George, Henry, Joseph and Albert, sister of Mrs. Mary Beutgen, Mrs. Annie Anderson, Mrs. Maggie Gunlach, Joseph…

E.C. Lewis Drowns

From the November 20, 1913 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 1; “E.C. LEWIS DIES IN BATHTUB Coroner’s Jury Declares Business Man’s Death an Accident. Edward C. Lewis, who was 68 years old, was accidentally drowned in the bathroom of his home at 3620 South Michigan avenue late yesterday, according to a verdict returned…

After Death Remembrances

Do you think of a death notice as the last time your ancestor may appear in the newspaper? Think again! Probate and will notices aside, there may be memorial notices posted by grieving family members. While sad and touching, remembrances also provide clues for the family history researcher. How many years after death should a genealogist search? There is…

Burials Unknown

Most obituaries include the name of the cemetery in which the recently departed will be buried. Not always though. And that can be frustrating for genealogists searching for an ancestor’s final resting place. I found a dozen such obituaries recently. I found cemeteries for a few on FamilySearch and added those to Find A Grave. Maybe posting the remaining names here…

Final Resting Place for Edward Gorham?

The words “Accidentally Drowned” caught my eye as I read the front page of the Chicago Daily News from September 22, 1879: “At an early hour this morning, Edward Gorham, aged 25, a Canadian, employed in the Life-Saving Service, fell off the pier and was drowned. His body was recovered. He was single, and boarded…

Shot Down by a Priest

From page 12 of the April 25, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News;  “SHOT DOWN BY A PRIEST. Mary Gilmartin Is Murdered in Cincinnati by Father O’Grady. Cincinnati, O., April 25.-Mary Gilmartin, a clerk employed by the Pulvermacher Belt company on Sycamore street, was shot and killed to-day while on her way to work. The murderer…