Sunday, November 18, 2012

Notice of Benjamin's Death in the Big Timber Pioneer

Benjamin Kingman Curtis passed away on 13 December 1902 in Preston, Idaho. At the time of his passing, several of his children were living in Big Timber, Montana. Five days after his passing, the local Big Timber newspaper published a notice that the children had received word of his death. The children mentioned in this notice were:

  1. O.B. - this is Oscar Benjamin Curtis, the fourth child in the Curtis family.
  2. C. J. - this is Cyrus Jerome Curtis, the oldest child in the Curtis family.
  3. Nick - this is William Rushmer Curtis, the seventh child in the Curtis family. He went by the nickname of "Nick" for many years.
  4. Geo and Mrs. Geo. Reynolds - this is in reference to Sarah Ellenor Curtis and her husband George Robert Reynolds. Sarah was the third child in the family and the first daughter.
The article mentioned that six of the nine children in the family were living in Big Timber, but only listed the four names. The last sentence mentioned who had left Big Timber to go back to Idaho for the funeral. O. B., Chas. and Mrs. Reynolds were the three who went, and this identifies the fifth child who lived in Big Timber. Chas. is in reference to Friend Charles Curtis, the second child in the Curtis family. Friend Charles eventually died in Big Timber and and was buried in the local cemetery. 

See the original newspaper at Big Timber Pioneer, 18 December 1902, pg 5

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