|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1908|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1915|
San Francisco County
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Brigadier General Pershing was assigned to Fort McKindley, on Luzon in the Philippines, as a brigade commander in December of 1906. His second, daughter, Anne, was born in Baguio, where the married officers had summer quarters. In 1915, a tragic fire broke out at the home of Presidio commander General John Pershing when coal from an unattended dining room fireplace fell to the floor. The ensuing blaze quickly consumed the house and claimed the lives of Mrs. Pershing as well as three of the four Pershing children.
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At 1:30 in the afternoon the funeral service for Mrs. Pershing and her daughters, Helen, 8 years old; Ann, 6 years old, and Margaret, age 3, were held in the undertaking firm's chapel. . . . The simple, inspiring and hopeful Episcopal service was read by Rev. Dr. Morgan over the four coffins that were banked with thousands of delicate flowers, tributes from scores on scores of friends. . . . Promptly at 2:45 o'clock twenty-four non-commissioned officers . . . passed through the chapel doors bearing the four boxed coffins . . . and lifted them into the waiting hearses. . . . By special arrangement with the ferry company, the hearses and automobiles entered the Ferry building from the south side and drove directly aboard the ferry-boat Alameda . . . The train that carried the mourning party to Cheyenne left at 4 o'clock from the Oakland side. . . . When the interment takes place in Cheyenne, (Warren) will go with his father to Fort Bliss, Texas, where the General has station. Within a short time the last visible reminder of the fire will be gone, for this week the gutted frame building where the tragedy took place will be razed by soldiers at the Presidio. . . . San Francisco Chronicle, August 30, 1915
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Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug. 31. -- Funeral service for Mrs. John J. Pershing and her three daughters, who perished in a fire at the Presidio, San Franciso, last week, were to be held here today, Bishop Thomas officiating. . . . The funeral procession from the train to the home of Senator Warren passed between long rows of citizens and representatives of fraternal societies who stood with bared heads. At Lakeview cemetery one grave was made ready to receive the four bodies after the ceremonies at 4 o'clock. Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 31, 1915
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Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 1. -- Flowers piled high over one large grave indicate the place where yesterday Mrs. Frances Warren Pershing and her three daughters were laid to rest. . . . The bier containing the remains of Mrs. Pershing was covered with large American beauty roses and the three other caskets containing the bodies of the little girls were heaped with white sweet peas and daisies. . . . Washington Post, September 2, 1915
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John Joseph Pershing (1860 - 1948)
Helen Frances Warren Pershing (1880 - 1915)
Helen Elizabeth Pershing (1906 - 1915)*
Anne Orr Pershing (1908 - 1915)
Francis Warren Pershing (1909 - 1980)*
Mary Margaret Pershing (1912 - 1915)*
Created by: BeNotForgot
Record added: Nov 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80818195