- “Mrs. Charles Larson, who was 71
years of age…” places Amelia’s birth in about 1859. Other records put her birth
on 24 Nov 1858. She was actually 71 years, 5 months, 6 days old at death.
- “…and a resident here for over 50
years”, she had lived in Ishpeming, Michigan half a century.
- “…passed from life Wednesday
night,” – date of death 7 May 1930. The obituary was published on Friday the 9th
of May, 1930. We’ll want to be careful with this one as we’ll find later in
this same article that this death date is impossible.
- “…at the family home on East
Empire Street.” She lived on Empire Street, Ishpeming, Michigan on and before
- “The deceased had been ill the
past several months and death was not unexpected”. This is a clue to follow-up
for health history. Will the death certificate give more details?
- “The deceased was a native of
Sweden locating in Marquette with her parents 61 years ago, later living in
Ishpeming p to the time of her death.” Family and personal information will be
found in Swedish records; immigrated in about 1869; original U. S. residence
was Marquette. Lots of clues here.
- “Surviving are her husband and the
following children: Mrs. Fred Davey Chicago; Miss Teckla, Miss Lida Larson and
Clarence Larson, all residents of Ishpeming; Mrs. Albert E Porter, Sault Ste.
Marie, and Mrs. H. F. St. Helen of Portland, Ore. The following brothers and
sister: Alex Ellstrom, Pueblo, Colo,; Albert Ellstrom, Detroit; Mrs. Charles
Seagren, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. Axel Peterson, Marquette, and Miss Alice
Ellstrom, Saginaw…“ Wow, where to start with this paragraph. First, it tells us
Amelia’s husband, Charles, is still living; second, we get a listing of her
living children which includes not just her daughters’ married names but the
full names of her daughters’ husbands, third we’re told where her children are
living on 9 May 1930. We get the same information regarding her surviving
- “Funeral took place Sunday
afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family home…” Here’s where the date calculated
in item number 3 proves incorrect. Since the paper was issued on Friday, the 9th
of May and the funeral had already taken place on Sunday, her death could not
have been on Wednesday the 7th. She died 30 Apr 1930 from evidence
found here and from other evidence such as Family Bible records and a telegram
from Clarence Larson to Mrs. Fred Davey.
- “…from the Swedish Baptist
church…” Amelia was probably a member of this church and more records may be
- “The pall bearers were : Mr. John Asplund of Marquette; William Anderson, August Olson, John Swanson, Charles Benson and Emil Olson.” Pall bearers are often but not always family members. They deserve some research to determine their relationship to the deceased and/or family.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Evidence Gleaned From One Obituary
The Ishpeming Record, Ishpeming, Michigan, Friday, 9 May 1930, page 5, columns 2 & 3; obituary for Mrs. Charles Larson.
To shorten things up a bit, let’s assume I already have sufficient evidence to state that Mrs. Charles Larson is the same person as Amelia (Ellstrom) Christiansen Larson. I could go into greater detail on this but the purpose of this writing is to determine what information can come from her obituary. So here goes.
MRS. CHARLES LARSON PASSES
The older obituaries and those from smaller communities tend to provide the most information. Often in the larger cities there is only a death notice giving only the briefest information. Today, due to the cost, printed obituaries seem to be getting smaller; however, with many funeral homes providing memorial type pages on their website the obituary is seeing a come back.
Granted, you can’t take what’s written in an obituary as absolute truth but, wow, what an abundance of clues they can provide!