Monday, November 1, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Transcribed Obituaries of the BROWN family Sacramento, CA and Victoria BC Canada

Transcribed from Sacramento CA Daily Record-Union, Thursday March 18, 1897
An Old and Esteemed Citizen to be Buried Today
The death is announced of H.N.H. BROWN, an old and highly esteemed citizen, who had long been a sufferer from heart trouble. Mr. Brown was a native of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, and was 72 years of age. Coming to California some forty-four years ago (1850?) he entered into the employ of Leland Stanford, then a prominent merchant at Negro Hill, near Folsom. Later he was in the employ of W.R.Strong (American Seed Store) of this city, and subsequently with Wells, Fargo & Co.

Deceased leaves a son and daughter, FRANK R. BROWN of Alaska, and Mrs. PHEBE RHODES of Victoria B.C. ( Canada), also several brothers and sisters in the East. He was very prominent in Masonic circles, and the funeral will take place under the auspices of that order this afternoon.

Transcribed from Sacramento Record-Unon and Sacramento Bee Jan 26, 1875
In this city, January 23, Mrs CORDELIA BROWN, wife of H.N.H. BROWN, a native of England, aged 45 years old. Wisconsin and Boston papers please copy. Funeral from Calvary Baptist Church, at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Friends are invited to attend (Note: CORDELIA RICKARD was married first to HENRY WILLIAM F MYERS in Grant Co WI, and had one daughter EMMA before marrying H N H BROWN in Sacramento)

Transcribed from the Sacramento Bee 1894 & 1895
EMERY In this City June 19th 1894, Mrs. WALTER P. EMERY (Emma J Myers Brown), a native of Wisconsin, age 43 years, 7 months and 18 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow Thusday at 4 pm, from St. Paul's Church, Eighth street, between I and J streets. Interment private. Source: Sacramento Bee, Wednesday June 20, 1894 page 3.

EMERY In this city, February 20, 1895 WALTER P. EMERY, a native of Michigan, aged 57 years old. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow Friday at 2 pm from the St Paul's Church, Eighth street between I and J street. Friends can view the remains at the Church, Friday from 10 to 12 am. Source: Sacramento Bee, Feb 21, 1895 page 3.

Transcribed from the Victoria BC Canada Times-Colonist 1932
Victoria lost one of her most public-spirited citizens yesterday with the death of Mrs. CHARLES W. RHODES of 1024 Terrace Avenue, noted for many years as a keen worker in the interests of Jubilee Hospital. Mrs. Rhodes passed away suddenly early yesterday morning as the result of a heart seizure on Tuesday evening, which was of such obviously serious nature that she was removed at once to the hospital. Her daughter, Miss ETHEL RHODES, RN, who was summoned from Seattle, arrived just too late to be with her at the end.

The remains will repose on Saturday at the residence on Terrace Avenus until 2:15 p.m. when the funeral cortege will proceed to Christ Church Cathedral, where services will be held at 2:30 o'clock. The remains will be forwarded to Vancouver for cremation. Interrment will later be made at Ross Bay Cemetary here. haywards BC Funeral Company is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mrs. RHODES was born on April 18, 1868 in Folsom, CA, being the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. H.N.H. BROWN. She first came to Victoria in 1896 as a bride, her husband the late CHARLES W. RHODES, who died about twenty years ago, being the manager for many years at the Brackman-Ker Milling Company. They took up their residence on Terrace Avenue immediately on arrival here, and Mrs. Rhodes continued to make her home there until the last.

Keenly interested in hospital welfare, Mrs. Rhodes became identified with the Jubilee Hospital very soon after her arrival here, and for nearly thirty years had been one of its most enthusiastic champions. Recognition of this was given practical expression when she was elected a member of the board of directors as a representative of subscribers in 1907, 26 years ago, holding office continuously ever since. Still earlier she was elected president of the Women's Auxiliary, which under her unflagging leadership became one of the most important sources of practical assistance to the hospital.

It was under her regime that the auxilairy projected its remarkable campaign to raise funds for the building of a new wing, a work temporarily frustrated by the intervention of the Great War. When the project was finally comsumated, Mrs. Rhodes and the auxiliary again threw their whole-hearted support into the undertaking, and gave the board invaluable assistance with the furnishing and other matters.

Even after she resigned her office in the Women's Auxiliary four years ago, Mrs. Rhodes continued to give assistance with advice. One of her outstanding undertakings in the hospital's behalf in recent years was the organization of the big tombola, for which she herself secured most of the prizes.

To all of her hospital colleaguesand associates, as well as her very large circle of personal friends, the news of her death has carried a sense of personal loss. In addition to her hospital activities, she was for many years an active member of Gonzales Chapter I.O.D.E.

In addition to her daughter, Miss ETHEL RHODES, there survive two grandchildren in England, and a brother FRANK R. BROWN, living in Alaska. A second daughter Mrs. Sturrock (should read Sterry), MABEL, died just two years ago.

Warm tribute to the wonderful work accomplished by Mrs. Rhodes was paid by H.H. Shandley, president of the Jubilee board of directors: "In the deeply-regretted death of Mrs. Rhodes, the Jubille Hospital has suffered an irreparable loss. Year in and out she worked indefatigablyfor the hospital, whose cause she had so dearly at heart. Never shall we be able to find anyone who will give so generously and lavishly of their time and energy in the interests of the hospital as Mrs. Rhodes has for the last quarter of a century."

In expressing the feelings of the Women's Auxiliary of the Jubilee Hospital in the passing of Mrs. C.W. Rhodes, Mrs. W.A. Chambers president said," The name of Mrs. Rhodes has been associated with the Auxiliary for so many years that it will be a long time before we fully realize that she has left us to carry of the work that she did for a quarter of a century. her interest and enthusiasm in all hospital affairs were always an inspiration to us, and every member feels too deeply for words the loss of one who was always ready to do all that was possible for hospital welfare. Her sudden passing leaves us with a real sense of bereavement."

Have a great day!


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