Friday, 29 January 2016

Funeral Card Friday: Police Sent Tribute.

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Monday, July 19, 1909
Page 8

Police Sent Tribute.
   The funeral of Margaret W. Keefe, the little daughter of Police Officer and Mrs. Michael W. Keefe, was held from the home at 119 Harvard street Saturday afternoon at 3. Interment was in Calvary cemetery.
   The flowers included: Pillow, inscribed "Darling," from the mother and father; wreath of roses, Katherine and Alice Keefe; spray of pinks and roses, Mrs. C. W. Langley; crescent of white roses, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Keefe; spray of white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jacobs; bouquet of sweet peas, Mabel Keefe; spray of sweet peas, Cousin Fred; basket of roses, Mr. and Mrs. Mulready; standing star on base, Brockton police department; spray of pinks, Margaret Fitzgerald; spray of white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. W. Noonan; spray of white carnations, Daniel McNamara; spray of pinks, Mr. nd Mrs. J. Horrigan; basket of white roses and sweet peas, Leslie Simmons; basket of white roses, Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen; spray of white roses, Miss Peck and Miss Moore; spray of sweet peas, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sullivan; spray of pinks, Mr. and Mrs. James O'Connell and Mr. and Mrs. Henebry; bouquet of sweet peas, Willie Burns; spray of white pinks, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Mansefield; spray of white pinks, Miss Annie Collins. 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Patricia Hunt

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, October 29, 1969
Page Thirty-Three

Patricia Hunt

   Patricia E. Hunt, 27, of 82 Hillberg Ave., daughter of Ralph L. and Lillian F. (Sylvester) Hunt, died Tuesday morning in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, following a short illness.
   A resident of Brockton for 22 years, she formerly lived in Stoughton. She was a graduate of St. Patrick's School and Brockton High School.
   Surviving, besides her parents of Brockton, are a son, David M. Hunt; three sisters, Margaret Hunt, Mary T. Barry and Mrs. Nelson (Rita) Cripps, all of Brockton; two brothers, Ralph F. Hunt of Foxboro and Kerry A. of Brockton; also several nieces and nephews. 
   The funeral will be from the J. Frank Conley Funeral Home, 9 Chester Ave., Friday at 8 A.M., followed by a High Mass of Requiem in St. Margaret's Church at 9 A.M. Burial will be in South Easton Cemetery.

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Sunday's Obituary: Mrs. Susannah Hayward Dead at 56—Was an Invalid.

The Brockton Times
Saturday, July 17, 1909
Page Three


Mrs. Susannah Hayward Dead at 56
—Was an Invalid.
   Mrs. Susannah Hayward passed peacefully away at her home, 329 West Elm street, early today, aged 56 years. She was the widow of the late Edward G. Hayward, and a native of Prince Edward Island, coming to Brockton 40 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Hayward spent many years of their married life at the old Hayward homestead on Alger street. Mrs. Hayward joined the Central Methodist Episcopal church upon taking up her residence in this city, being active in the affairs of the church and a member of the Ladies' aid and Foreign Missionary societies. An invalid for more than three years, Mrs. Hayward bore her affliction with much fortitude, the last three months of her illness being kept to her room. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. W. J. Slack, Mrs. C. W. Copp, Miss Viola E. Hayward and Miss Elsie G. Hayward, and one son, Edward W. Hayward, all of Brockton.

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Brother of City Clerk Takes New York Bride.

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, March 17, 1920
Page 8

News of Marriage is Just Received 

Brother of City Clerk Takes New York Bride.

News has been received for the first time by Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sullivan, 71 East Ashland street, of the marriage of their son, William S. Sullivan, to Miss Evelyn Maynard of Fisher's Island, N. Y., Feb. 2 in New London, Conn. He is a brother of City Clerk J. Albert Sullivan.
He served in the world war as an aviation mechanic in the navy and has been employed of late by the Groton Iron Works. He is a member of the Hibernians and Jefferson Club of ward 6.
Although the bride has been a visitor in Brockton, the groom's parents were unaware of their intentions to be married.

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Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, March 17, 1920
Page 12


Husband of Former Brockton Woman Ill Three Weeks.
Melvin Cass, husband of Mrs. Addie Slack Cass, a former Brockton girl, died Tuesday in Beebe, province of Quebec, Canada, of "sleeping sickness,", with which he had been ill three weeks. The marriage of the couple took place last June at the home of Mrs. Cass' sister, Mrs. Banjamin Blanchard of Whitman. They had since made their home in Quebec. Mrs. Cass is a sister of Fred B. Slack of the Standard Supply Co. and Miss Annie Slack, also of this city.  

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Funeral Card Friday: Soldiers Attend Veteran's Funeral

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, March 17, 1920
Page 8

Soldiers Attend Veteran's Funeral

George A. Friend Had Served Nation in Two Wars.
   With an honorary escort of soldiers, funeral services for George A. Friend, veteran of two wars, took place this afternoon at the funeral chapel of E. T. & N. W. Sampson, North Main street. Delegations from the fraternal societies including Massasoit Lodge, I. O. O. F., and Montello Lodge, K. of P., attended. Rev. Dr. Horace F. Holton, pastor of the Porter church, officiated.
   The honorary escort was detailed from the local recruiting office. Beautiful flowers testified to the esteem in which the ex-soldier was held. The Stars and Stripes were draped over the casket in memory of the service he gave his country. Interment was in Melrose cemetery.

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Wednesday's Child: Death of Infant Son

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Monday, March 15, 1920
Page 7
Death of Infant Son 
   Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ellis are mourning the death of their infant son, Earl Lincoln, who died this morning at the home, rear of 1141 Montello street, aged seven months. Besides his parents he leaves two sisters and a brother.
   The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon.

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Brockton Daily Enterprise
Friday, March 19, 1920
Page 20


Shot Two Policemen in
a Baltimore Fight. 

   Baltimore, March 19.—Two policemen were shot, and a negro, a victim of a "hospital superstition," that for several weeks had Baltimore's colored population carrying guns, probably will die from wounds following a gun fight here to-day.  
   The negro believed the policemen in civilian dress, were physicians. A shot started a pursuit and a running pistol fight. The fugitive barricaded himself in a cellar and held back the police and crowd for four hours, during which we received 39 bullet wounds. 

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Sunday's Obituary: Two Women Die Suddenly

The Brockton Times
Wednesday, March 13, 1895
Page 2


They Were Mrs. E. L. Bonney, Well Known in Social Circles, and Mrs. Eliza Thayer. 


She Was Sitting in a Chair in the Kitchen, Working on a Child's Dress.


   The death of Annie W. Bonney, wife of E. L. Bonney, the box manufacturer, which is announced today, was quite sudden.
   Mrs. Bonney took to her bed last Sunday, suffering from pneumonia and she succumbed to its attack last night. Mrs. Bonney had been nursing her boy Arthur through his sufferings from this dread disease, and his recovery had become assured, when the devoted mother and nurse was herself stricken down.
   Mrs. Bonney had been a familiar figure at society events during the past winter, and was much loved for her many amiable qualities.
   The funeral takes place next Friday from the residence, 369 Crescent street. The interment will be at Plympton, Saturday.
   Mrs. Eliza Thayer dropped dead last night at her home.
Mrs. Thayer was sitting in a chair in the kitchen, working on one of her childrens' dresses, when her head dropped and she fell forward, dead.
   Medical Examiner Paine was called and pronounced her death to be due from heart disease. She was 44 years old and the wife of Isaac N. Thayer, a shoe repairer for many years. She leaves four children.
   The funeral will be held Friday morning and interment will be in Holbrook.

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Introduction to The Dead Were Once Someone Too

My name is David J. McRae. I'm a genealogist and have been doing genealogy since 2007. I'm the author of the now-retired genealogy blog McRae/Anderson Genealogy and my current blog Tales of A Mad Genealogist.

The Dead Were Once Someone Too was created as a way to help remember those who are no longer with us. Over the years, I've searched through dozens of newspapers for my articles and obituaries regarding my family. In doing so, I have come across many obituaries as well as other articles regarding people no longer with us. The newspapers I most frequent are The Brockton Times and Brockton Daily Enterprise. Neither paper is searchable online. In order to find the person, someone must know the name and date. In addition, someone must actually be looking for them. If the names and dates are not known and no one is even looking, many people who were once someone on this earth will go on to be forgotten.

The Dead Were Once Someone Too will feature obituaries, wedding announcements, and other articles printed in vintage papers. The articles posted on here will primarily be from The Brockton Times and Brockton Daily Enterprise although articles from other papers will be posted as well from time to time. In addition, photographs of headstones will also be posted. Posts will be made in correlation to the GeneaBloggers' weekly blogger prompts. 

To conclude this post, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this post as well as future posts and also encourage you to check out my genealogy blog, Tales of A Mad Genealogist.


David J. McRae

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