|Birth: ||Oct., 1886|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1910|
Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" (Rock) Tuttle was born in 1886 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of John A. Rock and Ellen "Nellie" Welch. Her mother died when she was seven years old; her father remarried when she was 10. She grew up in the Kansas City area, mostly in the Armourdale district of Kansas City, Kansas.
At the age of 18, she married Charles Earl "Charley" Tuttle in 1905 in Kansas City, Kansas, against her father's strong objection. The couple lived in and near the Kansas City area, having a son, John, born in KCK in 1906. They moved to rural Franklin County, Kansas and lived there until moving to Osawatomie in early March 1910, where her husband had found a new job. Bessie very suddenly took ill with what was called septicemia (bacterial blood poisoning), suffering for 10 days before dying in the boarding house where they had been staying. She was buried two days later. She was 23 years old.
Her husband remarried a year later and sent their son to live with relatives, raising a new family with his second wife. He died a few years later, in 1919 or 1920. Bessie's son John was lost to her family.
From the Osawatomie Graphic, Thursday 17 March 1910:
A Sad Death.
Mrs. C. Tuttle died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, Monday afternoon, after a brief illness. She came here from Rantoul about ten days ago, her husband having a job in the round house at this place.
She was not well when she arrived here and was taken down sick at once. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett cared for her until she passed away. She leaves a husband and a little boy, four years old. She was buried in the cemetery east of town, Wednesday afternoon after a funeral service conducted by Rev. J. T. Parker.
The husband had been out of work for some time and they were in very hard circumstances, but those that have known of the sad condition of affairs have been ready with sympathy and assistance as they always are. She was twenty-three years old at the time of her death.
Mr. J. A. Rock, of Kansas City, Kansas, father of Mrs. Tuttle, was with her in her last moments. In expressing himself to us he said that he did not know that there were as good, kind hearted people on earth as they had found here and he did not hope to ever be able to tell them how grateful he was for all their kindly acts.
From the Osawatomie Globe, Thursday 17 March 1910:
Mrs. Bessie Tuttle, wife of Charles Tuttle, died Monday after a brief illness, aged 23 years. They had been here only a couple of weeks, having come from Kansas City.
Funeral services were conducted at Chenoweth's chapel at 2 p.m., Wednesday by Rev. J. T. Parker and the remains interred at Elmdale. Members of the M. W. A. acted as pall bearers. The funeral was a sad one owing to the fact that the people were in a strange community.
No photographs are known to exist of Bessie, and there is no marker to adorn her grave. She died among strangers, the good people of Osawatomie, who charitably cared for her as family during her final, fatal illness, who arranged and attended memorial services for her, who volunteered as pallbearers, and who buried her in their city cemetery.
John Augustus Rock (1859 - 1925)
Ellen Welch Rock (1866 - 1894)
Mary Elizabeth Rock Tuttle (1886 - 1910)
infant son Rock (1888 - 1888)*
James Francis Rock (1889 - 1952)*
infant son Rock (1890 - 1891)*
Ellen Margaret Rock Eger (1898 - 1973)**
Katherine Rock Caldwell (1899 - 1972)**
John Augustus Rock (1900 - 1925)**
Daisy May Rock Meador (1903 - 1981)**
Joseph Casimir Rock (1905 - 1998)**
Harry Archer Rock (1907 - 1981)**
Charles Lewis Rock (1914 - 2002)**
Francis Edward Rock (1921 - 1998)**
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