20 May 2010

Obituary--Wm. Kennedy

It always intrigues me when I see familiar names in these obituaries. Growing up near Hesperia, and attending Hesperia schools, I recognize many of the surnames from that area. Hesperia was still under 1,000 people then and the same names still populate the region today. I wonder if I went to school with his great-grandchildren?

From the 5 August 1915 Fremont Times-Indicator:

Mrs Wm. Robertson, Correspondent

Wm. Kennedy died at his home at McLaren Lake last Friday after a long and painful illness with cancer of the stomach. His funeral was held at the McLaren school house last Sunday afternoon, Rev. Spultz, of Walkerville officiating. The funeral was largely attended and interment made in West cemetery. Mr Kennedy was a good citizen and a kind husband and father and an ardent upholder of the Wesleyan Methodist faith. He was 48 years of age and leaves a wife and four children, brothers and sisters and many other friends to mourn their loss. The writer has known Will Kennedy since he was a boy and always found him jolly and full of his jokes, and in his kindly way showing his appreciation of any effort the writer might make along her line. His kindly face and cheery voice will be missed from the haunts of men and it is with the greatest regret that we record his untimely death.

Less emotional and dramatic as some of her obituaries. Nonetheless she manages to bring her own memories of Mr. Kennedy into the article. But I have to wonder, did she never have to write about an old curmudgeon?

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