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.
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).
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."