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carol smith (#47330809)
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Starfishin
RE: Etta from West Springfield
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I started to respond that if I were the manager of her memorial I would do some judicious editing of the news accounts but since I now apparently am I will have to carry through with that impulse.

Coincidentally I have just been corresponding with another contributor about news accounts of the death of an elderly man in the early 1900s whose behavior was strongly suggestive of what we would now understand to be a dementing illness, likely Alzheimers Disease. Such information can be enormously helpful to people looking to find out information about their own family medical history.

So, too, with mental illness -- especially schizophrenia which does run in families and seems a probable diagnosis in this case. He was a very promising young man -- a high school basketball star who graduated from college with
honors -- who started to unravel after graduation to the point where he could not hold a job and had to move back home (these details I gathered from other news accounts, including very glowing articles written when he was a high school and college student). The late teens and early 20s are when these sorts of mental illnesses can hit with a vengeance. Perhaps fortunately he had no full siblings, but he may have had half-siblings or cousins who passed on the susceptability to their descendants. However it is possible to convey this information without making reference to the details included in the news accounts of the day.

I was somewhat surprised to learn that after 20 years the son was declared "cured" and released from Bridgewater State Hospital. I found one article that suggested that that decision was being re-thought, and that authorities were looking for him, but I found no information beyond that.

Even by the standards of the day -- where the horrific details of crimes were recounted in the most matter of fact manner on the pages of family newspapers -- the detailed coverage of this crime is deeply disturbing. I have no firm idea of why it was acceptable, only to note that at the time there was a deep set fascination with horror movies -- not to mention real life horrors. In 1924 Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb -- two well-educated and privledged young men who murdered a teenage boy just for the thrill of the experience -- went on trial. The country demanded every detail of this horrific crime.

I think there was probably also a fascination with the "religious" nature of this crime, and the son's remarks that he was trying to "cleanse" and "purify" his mother.

I was also struck by how many news accounts emphasized she was a divorcee -- this was only a few years after women got the vote. There seemed to be some implication of well, what can you expect -- she was a divorcee after all.

I guess the only bright note is that no matter how things seems to be today, no newspaper would cover the story today the way they did back them.I guess we have made some progress!
Added by Starfishin on Jul 13, 2017 7:00 PM
Irene
RE: Irene E. Jefferson
Thanks for being willing to send them snail mail. I wish I was closer. I would help you learn how to send them as attachments. It's not hard.
May I reimburse you the postage?

Irene J. Nolan
80 Overhill Rd
Milford, CT 06460

Nice to meet someone who knew my namesake. She loved teaching.
Added by Irene on Jul 11, 2017 7:32 AM
Heather Dandy
George W. Brown
Hi Carol,
Thank you for such prompt action on my message. George W. Brown is George Watson Brown. Please feel free to contact me directly at hastradernameplates@gmail.com for more information.
Thank you.
Added by Heather Dandy on Jun 16, 2017 10:49 AM
Heather Dandy
George W. Brown
Hi Carol,
I am the great granddaughter of George W. Brown and Nora Brown. His son Henry was my grandfather. The middle name you have listed for George is incorrect. How do we go about correcting it?
Thank you.
Heather Dandy
Added by Heather Dandy on Jun 15, 2017 8:33 AM
Eric Weber
RE: Daniel Prince
Hi Carol. Certainly the memorials are for the same man, and in that sense they're duplicates. But I think it makes sense to create a memorial wherever there's a stone. Discovering another memorial in an unexpected locale can be helpful to a genealogical researcher who wasn't aware that her ancestor had any connection with the place in question. The site of Daniel's birthplace and early childhood home in Williamsburg, marked with an engraved stone by one of their descendants, is half a mile from the town line between Williamsburg and Chesterfield. Perhaps the family moved over into Chesterfield at some time before their move to Springfield.
Added by Eric Weber on Jun 03, 2017 7:22 AM
Sherman-Thomas
Martha Blackman Stebbins #58120058
Carol,
Thank you for adding the info to the memorials of Benjamin and Martha Stebbins. Hope you have a great day.
John
Added by Sherman-Thomas on May 04, 2017 7:27 AM
Marylee Tuttle
Lewis Ely
Found in Deerfield Cemetery. Duplicates listed.
Added by Marylee Tuttle on Apr 21, 2017 4:43 PM
David Burpee
Henry Temple Burpee
Hello, Carol.....do you have any additional information about Dr. Burpee's military service.....

Please let me know...thanks..

David A. Burpee
Added by David Burpee on Apr 18, 2017 10:19 AM
Tom Holcomb
Royal wilbur lyne jr
Carol, Royal was my uncle. His sister Alberta was my mother. She married Burton E. Holcomb. I can give you his siblings. Brothers Hedley and Paul. Sisters Alberta, Phyllis, Ruth and Dorthy.
Added by Tom Holcomb on Apr 13, 2017 6:59 PM
LTC Stephen R. Pain
RE: Transfer of Joseph and Rachel Fafard Turcotte Memorials
Good Morning Carol, regarding your question as to whether Joseph Marie Turcotte ever served in the military or not, to be honest, I am not sure. I have not found any documents indicating that he ever registered for the military draft or served in the military. Thank you for all your help with the Find A Grave transfers. Like you, I also joined Find A Grave to reconnect my family tree and make sure that my family would never be forgotten. I will keep searching for documentation on Joseph and let your know if I find out any new information. Take Care!

Steve
Added by LTC Stephen R. Pain on Mar 17, 2017 7:27 AM
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