14 October 2010

Obituary--Marion June Schoolmaster

One of the drawbacks of working in the Local History Room, and of reading all of these old obituaries, is that after a while, so many of the names are so familiar.  I feel like I know them, and know all about them, and it is only when I stop to think that they died years before I was born, and I am in no way related, that I am almost shocked to realize they are complete strangers to me.

From the 7 June 1917, Fremont Times Indicator:


Marion June Schoolmaster, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Lewis Schoolmaster, passed away at the home of her parents on the afternoon of May 31st, 1917, at the age of 13 years, 5 months and two days.
Marion was born on the County farm one and one half miles east of Fremont, Dec. 29, 1903 and was always a bright and shining light in the home and circles in which she moved, one knew her but to love her.  She attended the public schools of Fremont and would have passed the sixth grade this semester.
She was also very apt in music and took much pride and pleasure in her musical studies.  She has been a pupil of Miss Gladys Edwards for three years, doing seventh grade work.
Her life was full of activity and she was a constant companion of her parents on the farm which has been their home for the past six years.  She was happy with her many pets, and her hands were so gentle and ways so pleasing that the dogs, cats, chickens and stock all came at the sound of her voice.  She loved the church and attended the bible schools of the Congregational and Christian churches whenever she could do so, and her life is a benediction to all who knew her.
Her illness, of three weeks duration, was borne with patience and cheerfulness and she passed away with a smile on her lips with mother, father, brother and her Aunt May at her bedside.
Besides her immediate family, she leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her departure.  But our loss is her gain, and Jesus has bid her come up higher, saying, "Suffer the children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
The funeral services were held at the Congregational church Sunday at 2:00 p. m., conducted by Rev. F. W. Magdanz and the body was laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery, amidst a profusion of beautuful flowers.

Hmmmmm.  "Contributed."  I wonder if Mrs Robertson was a friend of the family?  This does have her style. 
It is funny, how many people got mere a blip of an obituary, and others, only children, got a lengthy article like this one.  
This name sounds so familiar but it must be just from reading old newspapers.  Or perhaps its from the family name in the hospital.
They do have a very impressive family plot.

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