28 January 2011

Obituary--Ellis Page

I found the obituary and gossip column death notice for this person rather interesting.  In the obituary, it mentions he married 3 times, but no names, other than two of the children are given.  And the community column notice which states that he died last week, is still published a full week before the actual obituary. 

First, from the community column of the 30 March 1916 Fremont TimesIndicator:

The funeral services of Ellis Page, who died in Lillie last week Tuesday at the age of 62 years, were held from the Methodist church Friday morning, Rev. J. F. Bowerman, officiating.

I find it surprising that he died over a week before the date of the paper, and still the obituary has to wait still another week for publication. 
This is from the 6 April 1916 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Ellis Page
Ellis Page was born in Smithville Canada, in 1854 and died at his home in Lilley, Mich., March 21, 1916.  While yet an infant his parents moved to Michigan and he has made this state his home since that time.  He was married three times.  Mrs Minnie Page Rockel was born to the first union; Mrs Ethel Page Cottrell to the second union and two sons and two daughters survive the third union.  Besides his children, he is survived by two brothers and three sisters.
The funeral services were held here Friday, March 24, Rev. J. F. Bowerman officiating.

I also wonder why the last four children's names were never mentioned.  Maybe the older two sisters were handling the arrangements.

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