|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1874|
|Death: ||Aug., 1903|
North Carolina, USA
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1903
HELENE PHELPS IS DEAD
Daughter of Col. W. H. Phelps Passed Away Last Night at Asheville, N. C.
Remains Will Arrive Here Tomorrow, Accompanied by Member of the Family Who Were With Her at the Last.
Miss Helene Phelps, a daughter of Col. W. H. Phelps, died last night at about 9:30 o'clock at Asheville, North Carolina where she went two months ago to find relief from a prolonged illness of lung trouble. Col. Phelps and the deceased's sister, Mrs. Waldo Rothert were at the bedside when the end came.
The sad intelligence was received at a late hour last night by relatives in this city. It came as no surprise to them as she had been sinking rapidly for several days and no hope whatever has been entertained for her recovery since an operation was performed to relieve her suffering two weeks ago.
Col. Phelps is expected with his daughter's remains tomorrow when arrangements for the funeral will be made.
Seldom befoe has the PRESS chronicled a sadder death. Life had so much in store for the fair young woman; wealth, love, a devoted family, a charming home and a circle of friends whose affection has been proved during her long sickness.
Miss Phelps was born in Carthage, February 26th, 1874 and was consequently a little more than 20 years of age at her health. she had been in gradually failing health for three or four years. A year ago last summer she took treatment at a sanitarium near New York, but her health continued to be miserable and the following winter she went to Arizona, having in the mean time made a short visit to her home in this city. She gradually grew worse in Arizona and late this spring her father took her to Ashville, North Carolina.
She was little if any benefitted by the various changes of climate sought for her, and though the best medical aid in the country was repeatedly secured in her behalf she gradually failed till the end came.
The start for Carthage from Ashville, was made this morning at 2 o'clock but connection at Knoxville was missed through the train being several hours late and Carthage will not be reached till midnight Saturday.
Col Phelps and Mrs. Rothert are coming with the remains but Willie Phelps is already here.
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS
AUGUST 3, 1903
FUNERAL OF MISS PHELPS
SAD SERVICES HELD YESTERDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE A LARGE THRONG
First Presbyterian Church Said Yard Packed to Sidewalk - Beautiful Flowers - Friends from a Distance
The last sad services over the remains of Miss Hele Phelps, took place yesterday afternoon in the presence of a vast crowd of sympathizing friends. The body arrived from Asheville, N. C., at 11:58 o'clock Saturday night, accompanied by Col. Phelps, Mrs. Waldo Rothert, Charles Phelps and W. H. Phelps Jr. the latter two men having me the train at Springfield. The party was met at the station by friends and relatives.
Ed Knell took charge of the remains, conveying them to the Grand Avenue home of the deceased, where they lay until the hour of the funeral. Many friends called during the day to take a last farewell look at the kind face they loved so well. The casket was not opened at the church.
The auditorium of the First Presbyterian church was crowded from chancel to entrance, and the throng extended into the yard, long before the hour of the funeral. Shortly before the time set for the service, Prof. W. L. Calhoun played an organ prelude, continuing while the pallbearers bearing the casket and the mourning party entered. The casket being rested at the altar, a choir composed of Miss Nira Wright, Mrs. Robert Briggs, Messrs. B. C. Auten and John Harris softly sang "Holy, Holy, Holy." This piece was sung by request from the family, it having been a part of the music given at the funeral of Mrs. Phelps years ago.
After a scripture reading by Dr. Scott and a prayer by Dr. Knight the choir sang
"Lead Kindly Light," a favorite hymn of the deceased. Dr. Knight followed with a discourse filled with scriptural words of encouragement to the bereaved family. He told of his acquaintance with the one whole form lay before him and referred feelinglly to the death of her mother and her grandmother, whose funerals had been held in that church and at both of which he had taken part in conducting the services. Dr. Scott then added further words of comfort to those who mourned and paid a glowing tribute to the noble character of Miss Helene. He told of her patience in the lingering sickness and her Christian reconcillation when near the hour of her death.
The service closed with "Hymn of the Homeland" by the choir. the organist then played a postlude and the funeral train left the church.
The procession which accompanied the remains to the cemetery was one of the longest ever seen in Carthage. The hearse was entering the gates at the burial grounds before the last vehicle crossed Garrison Avenue.
A prayer by Dr. Scott was the only service held at the grave and the remains were laid tenderly away in a stone vault on the family lot.
The flowers sent by friends at home and abroad were the most beautiful that could be imagined. At the church a party of ladies had arranged a floral labyrinth about the altar. The chancel rail was hidden and the beautiful blue-gray casket was placed in front of a solid bank of floral pillows, wreaths and bouquets. At the grave not a particle of the earth was allowed to show, all being hidden under a mantle of flowers and green leaves.
Flowers and set pieces were sent by The Elks, King's Daughters and Shakespeare Society, the deceased having been a member of the latter two organizations. The Missouri Pacific offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Carthage, each sent beautiful floral tokens of respect and a pillow of palms was sent from Asheville, North Carolina General Passenger Agent H. C. Townsend, of the Missouri Pacific and his daughter, Miss Amy, sent beautiful flowers from St. Louis. Besides all these hundreds of citizens gave flowers.
Miss Kate Conard, one of the most intimate friends of Miss Phelps, came from Muncie, Indiana to attend the funeral. Among those in the carriages behind the family were Attorney General Ed. C. Crow, Joseph B. Shannon of Kansas City; E. B. Merriam and J. F. Ayers, both St. Louis railroad men, all having come here to attend the funeral. the following came from Joplin: H. C. Murphy, Major Ruddy, ex-Mayor Tugg, J. W. McAntyee, Arthur Spencer and George Layne. There were many others from Webb City, Galena, Seneca and Sarcoxie.
The pallbearers were John O'Keefe, Ed Hall, Hal Wise, John McMillan, Walker Boon and George Park.
William Harlow Phelps (1845 - 1916)
Lois Jane Wilson Phelps (1846 - 1894)
Maude Helene Phelps (1874 - 1903)
Florence B Phelps Rothert (1876 - 1962)*
William Henry Phelps (1882 - 1927)*
Cyrus Phelps (1906 - 1914)**
George Emmett Phelps (1910 - 1958)**
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 19 Lot 1 Sp 7
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Record added: Apr 08, 2011
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