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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Tombstone of Emma Krintz McArthur

Bonnievale Cemetery - Baker, Montana
(click to enlarge any image in this post)

I started work on this post a month ago yesterday. It's been languishing in draft status, as my posts sometimes do, while I have been working on other things. This morning, an interesting turn of events has made it today's top priority. Here's what happened.

The Carnival of Genealogy, 88th Edition, was published yesterday at Creative Gene. I happened upon it early this morning, and clicked through to enjoy some posts with my morning coffee. The subject for this carnival was Volunteerism. At The Educated Genealogist, Sheri Fenley's post, Volunteerism or What I Do With My Free Time, included mention of several genealogy projects she's worked on. The last one listed was the San Francisco Mortuary Indexing Project. She provided a link to the Halsted Mortuary Records 1923-1974, which has been completed.

Knowing that my great-aunt Emma had died in San Francisco, where she was being treated for breast cancer, I clicked through to the Halsted records, and in less than a minute I had a new document in hand.

Halsted Mortuary record of Emma McArthur

During their time in San Francisco, Emma's husband Peter stayed at the Carlton Hotel (Room 702) on Sutter Street. Emma passed away at St. Francis Hospital on 11 April 1930. Peter purchased a casket from Halsted Mortuary and had Emma's body taken home to Baker, Montana the next morning by rail (Pacific Limited).

Gravestone of Emma Elizabeth McArthur

From The San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, 12 April 1930 (p. 12, col. 7):
"McArthur. In this city, April 11, 1930, Emma E. McArthur, beloved wife of Peter McArthur, (Baker, Mont., papers please copy). Remains will be forwarded from the mortuary of Halsted & Co., 1123 Sutter st. near Polk, to Baker, Mont., for funeral services and interment."


Janet Iles said...

T.K.your posting today illustrates a reason why it pays to read other people's blog postings. It certainly paid off for you.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing. I love the Montana countryside in the first photo. I need to get out to see my great-grandfather's land near Deer Lodge!

Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Jasia said...

Oh yeah for you T.K.! I'm so pleased about your find! Don't you just love when you stumble across a little known source like that and it has something to contribute to your family history?

This is why everyone should read the COG with their morning coffee ;-)

T.K. said...

Exactly my point, Jasia! And Janet, it's one of the many reasons to read others' blogs, but probably it's the one that's the most exciting! ;-)

Bill, Montana's a great place to visit! Go! In the summer!

T.K. said...

Exclamation point overload! Note to self: must disable that key! Right after this!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

That reminds me of the other reason I'm drawn to your writing!! ;-)

T.K. said...

Which? My abundant exclamation points or my futile self-talk? :-P

Sheri said...

I am so glad that I was able to help out T.K.!!!

Hearing success stories like yours makes the work all the more rewarding!

Mary Warren said...

Wow what a find! Gives me incentive to 'keep on truckin'

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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