26 August 2010

Obituary--Mrs Julia Dowdan

Another of the "two-fer" obituaries, that appeared in two community columns. These appear to be from the Hesperia column as well as one of the Fremont columns.

From the 7 June 1917, Fremont Times-Indicator:

Mrs. Julia Dowdan died at her home in Hesperia Thursday morning, May 31, aged 76 years. Mrs. Dowdan has lived in Hesperia over 40 years. She came from Montague with her husband, who was a lumberman. She had two children--a son, Fred Bede, and a daughter, who died many years ago. Mrs. Dowdall was a member of the Presbyterian church and a great worker in the Ladies' Aid society. She was a Lady Maccabee, a Granger, and belonged to Eureka Chapter O. E. S. Her good works will be missed in all these orders. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church last Friday at 2o'clock, Rev. M. Klerekoper officiating, he Lady Maccabees and Eureka chapter attending in a body. Interment was made in East cemetery beside her husband, son and daughter. Mrs. Dowdall leaves to mourn his loss one grandson, Aleck Beede of Fremont, and many friends.

This, as I said was from the Fremont point of view:

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Beede went to Hesperia last Wednesday, where they were called by the death of the former's grandmother, Mrs. Julia Doudell, who passed away at her home there Tuesday evening. Mrs. Doudell spent last winter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beede.

It always amazes me that the spelling changes from one column to another. Not only is the last name of the grandson spelled differently for the son in the first article, but the second notice has the grandson's first name and and the last name of the deceased both spelled differently from the first article. You always need a grain of salt with name spellings in these old publications as everyone went their own way with spelling.
Either that or the editor was sloppy about spelling. Or both.

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