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COTTON, Cameron
Former Chester Boy Is Drowned—The following article taken from the Brady Citizen tells of the accidental drowning of Cameron Cotton. Cameron was well known to the people of Chester, he having formerly lived here. He was drowned on Wednesday, November 20: “One of the saddest tragedies of Brady’s history occurred Wednesday when Cameron Cotton, one of our brightest boys, was drowned while skating on the Prescott Reservoir north of town. Cameron had gone to spend the afternoon with Dannie Webster and had just started from the landing when he broke thru thin ice. Mrs. Webster tried every means of rescue possible and even 14-year-old Dannie plunged in an endeavor to save him before he went under. Mrs. Webster immediately telephoned to town for help, several automobile loads being on the spot in a few minutes. Work was badly hindered, the ice being so thin it would not bear a man’s weight. On the arrival of a boat, the body was located and brought out in a short time. Mrs. Burdick, his mother and her husband who live at Valier, were notified and arrived shortly after the body had been brought to the Bevan home. The funeral was held Friday at 2 PM, and interment made in the Brady Cemetery. Cameron Cotton was 12 years of age and since infancy had lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bevan, who were doubly attached to him on that account. He was the best kind of a boy, a good worker, exceedingly bright in his studies at school, ever thoughtful of his grandparents, and a friend of all and well liked by everyone. The sudden calling of this young lad is the saddest tragedy in Brady’s history and only the deepest sympathy for the bereaved relatives is sentiment of our community.” [Chester Democrat, 12-6-1918 - Sub. by Kathie Marynik]



HOLLISTER, Lenore Geneva
Hollister Babe Buried Yesterday—The month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hollister of Pondera passed away Tuesday, and because of the circumstances surrounding the death, Coroner A. H. Layton was called to the Hollister home. The baby apparently was not well, but Monday evening when the parents retired, it was quietly sleeping. When morning came the baby had expired, but examination showed that death came from natural causes. Interment was made in the Chester Cemetery. [Chester Reporter, 11-19-1920 - Sub. by Kathie Marynik]

JENNERJOHN, SOFIA and JOHN
Mother and Son Die at Home East of Conrad

Mrs. Sofia Jennerjohn died at the home of her sons, 40 miles northeast of Conrad on last Thursday, April 1, at the age of 72 years of pneumonia, and on Wednesday of this week her son, John Jennerjohn, died of the same disease in the hospital in this city, having been stricken immediately after the funeral of his mother. The son had been suffering with an attack of the flu but was considerably better when his mother died. He suffered a relapse immediately after the death of his mother and was brought to the hospital in Conrad but gradually grew worse until the end came yesterday. The Jennerjohns came to Montana from St. Charles, Missouri, 10 years ago and have since lived east of this city and south of Galata. The father died March 29 in Missouri and was buried at St. Charles. Four sons and the mother were living on the ranch, the remaining sons being Herman, Edward E., and Fred Jennerjohn. A daughter, Mrs. Anna Obrecht, resides at Raynesford, Montana, and came here when her mother died. The two bodies have been shipped to the old home in Missouri for burial, V. E. Starr, the local undertaken preparing the bodies for burial and shipment.
[Chester Reporter, 4-15-1926 - Sub. by Kathie Marynik]


SMITH, MERRILL H.
Mr. Smith’s Funeral was Held in Helena
Merrill H. Smith, a former Wesleyan student who died Friday at Valier after he had been thrown by a horse, was buried in Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church at 2 o’clock. The Rev. H. G. Humphrey, assisted by the Rev. H. G. Holtzinger, conducted the rites. Mr. Smith was the son of the Methodist minister at Valier. The pallbearers were Adelbert W. Redfield, James McGavney, Harry Sawyer, Morris Stanford, Giles Russell, and Kenneth Hammaker.
[Liberty Co. Farmer, 5-30-1924 - Sub. by Kathie Marynik]




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