07 March 2010

Obigtuary--Frank Maze

A more typical obituary, with much more detail than we see today.

From the 1 May 1913 Fremont Times Indicator.


Frank Maze Received Injury at Alpena Last Friday from Which he Died Within a Few Hours

The death of Frank Maze, formerly of Denver, (a township in Newaygo County, not the city in Colorado) but who has been employed in Alpena since last fall, occurred Friday April 25, following a serious accident on the railroad.

Frank Maze was born February 12, 1879 to William and Minnie Maze, in Denver, township where he was reared to manhood and married to Bertha Beattie February 11, 1904. To this union one child, Geraldine, was born, who now at the age of eight years is bereft of a fathers care.
For some years Mr. Maze had followed the vocation of a steam engineer, having been engaged in this work in several places in this state. Last fall he secured a position whth the Huron Cement company and was put in charge of a locomotive, doing service in hauling stone and coal in the yards. About three weeks ago, having been told by the superintendent that his work was satisfactory and the the position might be considered permanent, he removed his family from Berlin to Alpena.
On April 25 while thus engaged, he left his own engine in the care of his fireman and stepped across to another track to adjust a coupling pin in a car that had failed to couple, and whil there the car at his back that had been shunted away, returned on the slight incline and pinioned him fast against the bumbers.
A bright intellect, a kind lovable soul, a man in every respect, born and reared in this county, the possessor of a host of friends, whil in the prime of life sis suddenly called to the beyond. The bitter cup is pressed to the lips of a loving wife and daughter; and a fond father and a loving mother, in the passing, see the laying away of their only child, the one hope for which they have lived and struggled.
Everything possible was done for him, but within three hous he died and his wife and child, accompanied by Arthur LeRoy, foreman at the plant, brought his remains to Fremont for burial.
The funeral services were held April 29 from the Congregational church, Rev. R. W. Paul officiating.
He had been a member of the Hesperia lodge of Odd Fellows since arriving at his majority. Besides his wife and daughter, and mother and father, who are disconsolate in their bereavement, a large number of relatives and a host of friends feel this untimely loss.

In the same paper, a less flowery but no less sympathetic note in the community column.

Dr. Rolison received a telegram last Friday that Frank Maze, of Alpena was seriously injured and in a little while another dispatch came saying that he was dead. This was a great shock to his Hesperia friends, as Frank was a Hesperia boy, who had the love and esteem of all who knew him. Great sympathy goes out to the stricken wife and mother. Many Hesperians attended the funeral in Fremont last Tuesday afternoon.

Which makes it sound like father and daughter just didn't care.

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