Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Tragic Ending

It came as a complete surprise and somewhat of a shock to discover that my great grandfather, Emond Lewis Sterling had a brother named Arthur.  He was born on February 25, 1885 in Olean, New York   I discovered this while searching through census records.  We knew he had a sister, Ermina, who was called Mina.  My mother said her grandfather never mentioned a brother Arthur.

Image DetailSometimes family member names aren't mentioned for many reasons. This certainly sparked my imagination. I wondered, did he die,or do something wrong?  I found him living with his mother in the 1910 census, no wife was present, but he had a daughter, Mildred.  Where was Arthur's wife?  Did she die?  If so, it appears he remarried. I'm still looking for the name of Mildred's mother.

Now I know that Arthur's name was too painful for my great grandfather to mention.  He died tragically in 1933 at the age of 48.

Taken from the Olean Times-Herald March 25, 1933
 For Accident Victim
Held At Portville
Portville. March 25 —Funeral
services for Arthur Sterling. Buffalo,
who died Sunday in the Buffalo
City Hospital from injuries
received in an auto accident, were
held this afternoon at two o'clock
from the home of his sister,
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Eldridge, Brooklyn Street.
The Rev. George F. Loehr. pastor
of the Presbyterian Church,
officiated. Burial was in Main Settlement Cemetery.
Mrs. Sterling was also injured in the accident which happened
Thursday in Buffalo. She is a patient in the City Hospital.
Surviving, besides his wife, are
a daughter, Mildred Austin, of Eldred, Pa, sister,
 Mrs. Ermina Eldridge of Portville, NY, a
brother, Emond Sterling, of Eau Gallie, Fla.

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