Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Jessie May Brower

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Obituaries - NJ - 1901 - Jessie May Brower

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Jessie May Brower, the only child of Cecelia and Dewitt Brower of Oceanic, died last Wednesday of acute Bright's disease, aged thirteen years. The Monday previous to her death she was at school all day and seemed to be in her usual good health. After retiring at night she was taken with a congestive chill. Acute Bright's disease developed and she grew rapidly worse until her death. She was a very bright child and was popular with her schoolmates. She was a member of the Sunday-school and the Junior Epworth league of the Methodist church and was a willing worker in both.

The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at one o'clock at the house and at half-past one o'clock at the Oceanic Methodist church. Rev. J. W. Nickelson conducted the service, assisted by Rev. S. W. Knipe. The funeral was the largest that has been held at Oceanic in a long time, many people being unable to get in the church. A large number of floral offerings were received, among them being a piece from the scholars of the public school representing "the gates ajar"; bouquets from the teachers of the school and from the Junior Epworth league, and a wreath from her parents inscribed with the words, "Our Only One."

Six of the girl's schoolmates acted as pall bearers. They were Ralph Longstreet, Harvey Bruce, John and William Murphy, John Allen and William Stevens. Eight girl schoolmates acted as flower girls. They were Violet Williams, Ruby Riddle, Mattie Fenton, Chrissie Bogle, Ouida and Etta Rex, May Norton and Kittie Woolley. The body was buried in the Long Branch cemetery.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 30, 1901