I'm going to type two newspaper articles from the Huntington Herald Press. They are full of errors and misspellings, but perhaps someone in the family hasn't seen these before. They relate to the death of Margaret Catherine Dunham Aldridge, wife of Harvey Homer Aldridge and daughter of Samuel and Eliza Matilda Reese Dunham.
Here's the first article, printed on May 8,1942:
"ILLNESS FATAL TO ANDREWS RESIDENT"
Margaret K. Aldrich dies at Home of Daughter
Mrs. Margaret Katherine Aldrich, 88, died at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cleo Beeks, in Andrews after a serious illness.
She was born in Tipton county May 18,1858 to Samuel and Matilda Dunham and was married April 1, 1880 to Harvey Aldrich at Kempton, where the family lived until 1910 when they came to Andrews. Mr. Aldrich died in August, 1930.
Surviving are two sons, Frank Aldrich, Wabash county, and Samuel Aldrich, Midland, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Della Harrell, Lagro, and Mrs. Beeks; 35 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. One son and three daughters are deceased.
The body was taken to the Zimmerman funeral home in Andrews where brief services will e held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The body will then be taken to Kempton where services will be held in the Methodist church at 2p.m. The Rev. John W. Borders, pastor of the Methodist church at Wabash will officiate. Burial will be in the Morris cemetery near Kempton."
The second is from the Andrews news column, which explains the delay, and is dated May 21, 1942.
Short funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Aldridge were held at the Zimmerman funeral home and the body was taken to Kempton for final services and burials. Rev. John Borders of the Wabash Methodist Church officiated. Singers were Mrs. Lloyd Slagal and Lester Stephan accompanied at the pino by Elizabeth Warschko. Flowerbearers were granddaughters Anna Mae Beeks, Mary Margaret Beeks, Bernetta Huston, Lois Huston, Mary Enyard, Bernice Krider, Lurene Urschel, Doris Reynolds, Norma Jean Beeks, Carol Ann Enyeart and Lurene Kennedy. Pallbearers were grandsons James Beks, Paul Aldridge, Herbert Harrell, Herman Harrell, George Enyard and Roy Huston."
There is a lot of information in these paragraphs that may be new to some of the family. Remember that a couple of weeks ago I commented on the potential size of an Aldridge family reunion? These articles prompted that comment. There were many more great grandchildren born after Margaret's death, and those great grandchildren now have children, grand children, great grandchildren and perhaps even great great grandchildren of their own!
The line of descent is:
Margaret Catherine Dunham-Harvey Aldridge
Cleo Aldridge-Wilbur Beeks
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger