May 1897

Father died May 10”. Father was only sick a few days. When mother’s case was found to be hopeless the light went out of his eyes. His hard cold resulted in pneumonia. Sat. he was taken with severe pains in lungs & side. Edw. came at night. Frank stayed down with them. Aunt Susan and I was there all day all day Sun. & Arthur also. Cousin Sarah Graves and her husband called. Father heard and called her to come and see him. I think he knew who was with them. Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Clark watched Sun. night. He died just after 12 o’c very easily and quietly. Mother took it quite calmly and kept up until after the funeral which was held Wed. the 12” then after the Fri. following she grew rapidly worse.  That day she talked with Mother W. most of the time when she had strength for it. We had a nurse come to care for her besides the watchers and she lived until the next week Fri. May 21. She died about 10 o’c A.M. The funeral was at the ch. in the P.M. W.C.T.U. were out in a body and formed in line on either side of the walk when the mourners came in.

Some of the young people trimmed the grave with ferns & flowers, and the mound of dirt was hidden from sight.

Mr. Rowell took a picture of the parlor after father was placed in the coffin so we could send it to Florence. The flowers were lovely both when father and mother died. The school children sent a large basket of roses and ferns. Edw. & Aunt Susan bought a sheaf of wheat. Other flowers went in. I have not felt like writing half what ought to be written, so perhaps it will come little by little.

(Following sermons were omitted from the transcription)

Sermon by Rev. J. F. Gleason at funeral of H. H. Tilton

May 12

Sermon by Rev. J. F. Gleason at funeral of Mrs. H. H. Tilton

May 23


Note: The inclusion of the sheaf of wheat in the funeral decorations was apparently only done for funerals of older adults, to symbolize the fullness of days, a long and fruitful life. Emma’s father was 65 when he died. Emma’s mother was 64.

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