Monday, March 09, 2009

Goodbye sweet child...

The second child of Robert William Johns and Margretta (Blay) Johns was Martha Etta. When she was just a little over two and a half years old she contracted scarlet fever. Sadly she never recovered. Here is the article from the Herald Democrat newspaper, 24 Feb 1907 issue, titled "Death of a Little Child."

They held the funeral in their home at 1409 Poplar street and little Martha was then buried in Leadville cemetery (Leadville, Colorado). Her parents paid $6 for a wire basket to be placed around her headstone. Although it's hard to see in this picture, the basket looks like a wire cradle.

1 comment:

DianaR said...

How sad...but what a lovely tribute. I was in Leadville last fall but didn't visit any of the cemeteries there..unusual for me!

Thanks for sharing this story.