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 James Dickinson Mason, Jr

James Dickinson Mason, Jr

Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 10 Dec 1906 (aged 53)
Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section U, Plot 2
Memorial ID 101526233 · View Source
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Buried December 12, 1906.

From the Baltimore Sun, December 11, 1906:

"Mr. James D. Mason, for many years the head of the well-known cracker-manufacturing firm of James D. Mason & Co., died suddenly yesterday morning of heart failure at his home, 1118 North Charles Street.

"The death of Mr. Mason was entirely unexpected, although for some years it has been know by the members of his family that he was subject to heart trouble. Of late he had been in the enjoyment of almost his usual health, but kept to the house on Sunday, acting upon the advice of the family physician, Dr. Julius Friedenwald. On that day, however, he came downstairs to take his meals as usual with the rest of the family.

"Sunday night Mr. Mason was seized with a severe attack of angina pectoris. Dr. Friedenwald was hurriedly summoned and realized at once the seriousness of the case. Everything that could be done for Mr. Mason was done, but the pain continued, and he died about 9:30 A.M. yesterday, without losing consciousness and surrounded by the members of his family.

"For the last five years Mr. Mason had not engaged in any active business, having retired from the local management of the American Biscuit Company [eventually bought by Nabisco], the successor to the New York Biscuit Company, which had about a decade before bought out the business established by his father, which up to that thime had been conducted by himself and his brother, Mr. Samuel C. Mason, who died September 27.

"Mr. Mason was a native of Baltimore, having been born in 1853. He was the son of the late James D. and Mary A. (Cooke) Mason. His early education was received in the public and private schools of Baltimore. His father, Mr. James D. Mason, Sr., was a man of advanced ideas with reference to the instruction of youth, and in accordance with his views sent Mr. Mason, together with his two brothers, Messrs. Samuel C. and Clarence Mason, to Germany, where they rounded out their education.

"The three boys spend several years abroad, studying at the German universities, where they all made their homes until the time of their deaths.

"Their father decided upon their return to take them into his business, which was a large one catering to the cracker trade of Baltimore and the South, where the Mason products were widely known. The concern was then incorporated, being known as James D. Mason & Co.

About 30 years ago Mr. Mason married Miss Edith Cherry, daughter of Dr. Jerome Cherry, of Baltimore. He is survived by a widow, one son, Mr. J. Dudley Mason, and one daughter, Miss Ethel Gladys Mason. He is also survived by a half-sister, Mrs. Mary D. Beacham, of Florence, Italy."

From Baltimore Sun, December 13, 1906:

"Friends and former business acquaintances of Mr. James D. Mason paid their respect to his memory yesterday afternoon at the funeral at Grace Protestant Episcopal Church.

"A brief service was held at his home, 1118 North Charles Street, before the body was taken to the church. Both services were conducted by Rev. Arthur Chilton Powell, rector of the church, assisted by Revs. Peregrine Wroth, rector of the Church of the Messiah; Charles E. Hensel, of the Church of the Advent, and Mr. Rich, an assistant at Grace Church"

[Honorary pallbearers listed, Governor Warfield, followed by 14 others]

"Burial was made in Greenmount Cemetery." [Those in attendance listed] "The Maryland Savings Bank, of Baltimore, adopted resolutions expressive of the feelings of the directors on the death of Mr. Mason.

From Baltimore Sun, February 28, 1907:

"The personal estate of James D. Mason is appraised at $156,108 by Court Appraisers Joseph Barron and Emil H. Geotzke in the inventory filed in the Orphans' Court yesterday by Mrs. Edith C. Mason and Jerome Dudley Mason, executors."[Details follow.]

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