Of all the funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. A simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived.
Enjoy the discovery process.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Frank S. Streeter

Careful preservation of our ephemera collections is a must.  Just as the ink is fading on this funeral card, so are the memories of F. S. Streeter.  From the photograph it is obvious that the gold transfer lettering has all but worn away.  If the card is tilted at an angle to the light, the embossed wording appears as “F. S. Streeter, died April 28, 1924, Age 67 years.”  The card was originally published by H. F. Wendell of Leipate, Ohio.
With his name and possible geographical location, my research began at Ancestry.com with the State of Ohio Death Index and discovered his death certificate is filed in Volume 4429 and certificate no. 21011, date of death.  Further research at FamilySearch records, I was able to locate an image of his death certificate.  Frank S. Streeter was born to father, John Streeter at Berlin, Ohio.  About 1897, he married Amanda McCullough.  To their union was born a daughter, Fern Streeter.  After their divorce, Amanda took her life by arsenic poisoning on October 21, 1920.  Four years later, Frank died at the Charity hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Many times records disagree.  The death certificate and funeral card conflict regarding Mr. Streeter’s age at the time of his death.  The funeral reveals his age as 67, on the other hand, his death certificate indicates he was 59 years, 11 months and 28 days.  However, his age on the 1910 census aligns with the funeral card.
To date, this funeral card is in my possession.

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