My great Aunt Alice (Alice Rothert Wiles 1894-1992) lived in Buffalo, New York for most of her life. She kept an interesting set of records and sent them to my father, my aunt and their cousin, with a lovely note explaining that she was passing on to them her knowledge of family members.
I’m grateful she did this. My parents passed that collection to me and there I found quite a few obituaries that she had copied from various news clippings that she had held. Her mother’s, her aunt and uncle’s, her grandmother’s, her father’s – all carefully copied from clippings in Buffalo newspapers. Thank God for her attention, or I just wouldn’t know about how these various family members had died.
This is the obituary for my great great great grandfather William Rothert (1825-1889), who died falling down an elevator shaft.