Vermont Obituaries - Burlington Free Press - March 5, 1914


Dr. Samuel H, Sparhawk, aged 72. one of the oldest and best known homeopathic physicians in St. Johnsbury and vicinity, died suddenly Tuesday morning of apoplexy.   He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving in Company C, 15th regiment of Vermont Volunteers.   He was prominent in the State Homeopathic society and was a well known authority on Esperanto.


Marguerite Thibodeau, 10 years old, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. George Thibodeau of St. Johnsbury, died Monday as the result of injuries received when run over by a train on a Boston & Maine crossing Sunday at St. Johnsbury.   Both legs were cut off above the knees.   She was on her way to vespers and fearing she would be late if she waited for the stalled train, attempted to crawl under.   A companion attempted to pull her back, but too late.   Several fatalities have occurred at the crossing.

Source = The Burlington Free Press and Times; Thursday, March 5, 1914, Page 4 Column 4



Funeral of Well-Known Singer at Montpelier This Afternoon.

The funeral of Frederick W. Bancroft, whoso death occurred Monday night at Boston, was held yesterday noon at the Church ot the Disciples at Boston.   The body will be taken to Montpelier, where services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Church of the Messiah.

Mr. Bancroft's illness began with a severe cold which developed into pneumonia a week ago last Tuesday.   He was removed to the Massachusetts Homeopathic hospital, where he died at eleven o'clock Monday night.   He had passed the crisis, but his heart was not able to stand the strain.

He was the son of Carlos and Mary Johnson Bancroft and was born at Montpelier September 15, 1855.   Very early in life he showed marked musical ability.   For the past 20 years he had been best known in the musical world as a most accomplished interpreter of Irish, Scotch and old English ballads.   His engagements as a song lecturer have taken him to all sections of the country.   Year after year his charming entertainments have been enjoyed and appreciated for their true artistic worth by educational institutions, literary and social organizations.


Mrs. Grunt H. Burrows.

Mrs. Grant Howard Burrows died at her home at 26 South Union street Saturday evening at six o'clock after a short illness.   She was born in Charlotte March 24, 1840?, her maiden name being Clorinda Miller Jones.   Her parents were Margaret Sweatman and Joseph Jones.   She was married to Mr. Burrows at Charlotte March 18 1862.   Most of their married life was spent in Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.   They moved to Burlington in ????   Mr. Burrows died November 3, 1910.   Mrs. Burrows is survived by five sons, two daughters, and 16 grandchildren.   The sons are: Edwin J. and Harry C. Burrows of Buffalo, N, Y., Frederick W. Burrows of Newton, Mass., Joseph A. Burrows of Denver. Colo., and George H. Burrows of this city.   Her daughters are; Mrs. H. E. Walton of Brookvllle. Ont., and Mrs. John P. Ramsey of Charlotte.   Mrs. Burrows was a member ot the College Street Church.   The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the residence, and the burial was in the familly lot In Lake View cemetary.

Samuel S. Watson.

Word was recieved in the city Tuesday of the death of Samuel S. Watson, a former Burlingtonian who will be recalled by many of the older generation.   Mr. Watson died at Muskegon, Mich., where he has resided and been in business since his departure from Burlington about 20 years ago.   He was in the employ of the cotton mill at Winooski while he was a resident of this city.   When he went to Muskegon he engaged in the business of chair manufacturing and later went into the wood business.   Mr. Watson will be recalled as a resident of Chase street.   He was prominent in politics and was once alderman from the first ward.   He married Miss Fannie Duncan. a daughter of the late Albert Duncan.   Mrs. Watson has been dead for several years.   There were no children except a son who died when a boy.

Mrs. Samuel J. Beatty.

Mrs. Samuel J. Beatty died Sunday morning at six o'clock at her home at 54 Buell street after a lingering lllness of 10 years, the immediate cause of death being uraemia,   She had been confined to her be d only since Thursday morning and had been unconscious since Friday morning.

Mrs. Beatty was for a long time a well known dressmaker and was very successful until failing health compelled her to give up work.   Her maiden name was Katie Clerkln and she was born May 19, 1863, in County Monaghan, Ireland, the only child of Michael and Katharine Clerkln.   She came to this country about 27 years ago and lived for a short time In Ohio.   She was married to ? Beatty on August 26, 1887, at Boston.   She was a woman of Christian character and bore her long suffering with fortitude.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning at nine o'clock at St. Mary's Cathedral. the burial being in St. Joseph's cemetary.

Miss Nora I. Lockwood.

Miss Nora I. Lockwood died Monday night after an illness dating since the first of last November, caused by inflammation of the stomach.   The body was taken yesterday to St. Johnsbury, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Mary I. Lockwood, and her sister, Miss Neva Lockwood, and the funeral services will be held there Thursday afternoon.

Miss Lockwood had been employed at the Burlington Savings bank for eight or nine years.   She was born at Brownsville, Neb., April 6, 1875.   She is survived by her mother and two sisters, Miss Neva Lockwood of Bridgewater, Mass., and Mrs. Lloyd Jones of North Jay, Me.

Horace P. Clark.

Horace P. Clark, the husband of Mary Herrick Clark, died February 25. at 310 West 93rd street. New York city.   The funeral was held yesterday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs George L. Brodhead, 141 West 58th street.   Mr. Clark's wife was a member of the well known Herrick family of this city.


BYINGTON - At Jericho, February 21, Deacon W. I. Bylngton, aged 79,

DUNCAN - At Malletts Bay, February 23, 1914, Charles W. H. Duncan, in his 71st year

WARD - In Minneapolis, Minn., February 19th, 1914, Lorlng, infant son of Harold Rathbun and Harriot Lorlng Ward.

PLACE - At his home In Essex Junction, Monday evening, Roswell H. Place.   Funeral at his lato home Friday afternoon at two o'clock. 54, st,

SMITH - In Hartford, Conn., February 22, 1914, Nancy B. Morrill, wife of Frank E. Smith, and daughter of the late Franklin and Betsy Morrill of Burlington, Vermont, aged 64 years.

Source = The Burlington Free Press and Times; Thursday, March 5, 1914, Page 5 Columns 5, 6 and 7



Bellows Falls, March 3. - John Brennan, for many years an engineer in the employ of the Boston & Maine and Central Vermont railroads, died early this morning in the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. T. Rudden, of cerobral hemorrhage.   On Nov. 21, 1908, while Mr. Brennan was in his locomotive and was just leaving the Westminister station he was overcome by a shock and fell to the floor unconscious.   Since that time he had been confined to the house and had had five shocks.   Solemn high mass of requiem will be held in St. Charles' Roman Catholic Church at nine o'clock Thursday morning.

Mr. Brennan was bom in Ireland January 8, 1867, a son of James and Catherine (Welch) Brennan, and came to Bellows Falls when he was seven years of age with his parents.   After leaving school he went to work for the Central Vermont railroad as fireman, running out of St. Albans, and in 1869 was promoted to engineer.   After being with that road several years he entered the employ of the Boston & Maine railroad and up to the time of sustaining the shock had been with that road 27 years, running between White River Junction and Springfield, Mass., in charge of the White Mountain express.   Besides his wife, who was Miss Catherine Sullivan of Northfield, he leaves daughter, Mary, wife of Dr. J. T. Rudden.


Montpelier, March 3. Frederick W. Bancroft, the well known singer, a native of this city, died last night at Boston, succumbing to pneumonia.   He was 58 years of age.   He was well known throughout New England as a song lecturer.

Frederick W, Bancroft was very well known in Burlington, and had frequently been heard here in his delightful song recitals.   He was an artist in song, inimitable and wholly refreshing.   His death will bring sorrow to his many friends in this city.

Source = The Burlington Free Press and Times; Thursday, March 5, 1914, Page 6 Columns 2 and 4