Thursday, May 28, 2015

Funeral Flowers 1900's

David Sprinkle is buried at Centerville.  This article about his funeral is interesting in that this is one of the few the researchers have found that list the kind of flowers that would have been used at funerals in the early 1900’s.  Don’t forget to come to the tour Saturday morning May 30, 2015 10:00 am at the Centerville Cemetery to hear more stories about the ‘residents’. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't rain.  

Western Sun November 4, 1904
Big Funeral Train
Fifty Vehicles Accompanied Sprinkle Remains To The Allison Church.
Joined There By Two Hundred More.

The funeral services of the late David Sprinkle were conducted Sunday afternoon and it is said by many to be the largest funeral train that has left the city for many years. At one o'clock, after the services of the local Masons at the residence, the funeral procession composed of 50 vehicles left the city for the Allison Christian Church. There they were joined by almost 200 more. The church was crowded with the friends of the deceased and many failed to gain admittance. At the cemetery the Lawrenceville Masons had charge of the ceremonies.

The floral display was most elaborate, and some pieces coming from relatives and friends in this city and from all the little towns around in Lawrence County.
The floral tributes: large pillow from family; large pillow, sisters and brothers; anchor on easel and stand, Retail Merchants Association; bouquet of  white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. JR Walker; white and red carnations, Mr. and Mrs. 0H Corey, St. Louis; pink carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller; white carnations and chiffon ribbon, Mr. and Mrs. MJ Murphy; pink carnations, Joe Gerhart; pink carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Miller; white carnations with ribbon, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wise; white roses, Will Bierhaus; large bunch of roses, Mr. and Mrs. Danks and Mr. and Mrs. Lemmons of Lawrenceville; bunch of roses, Mr. and Mrs. Bubenzer; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. John Snapp; large bunch of carnations, Gimbel Haughton & Bond clerks.

The pallbearers were all of the Masonic Lodge of which he was a member. They were as follows: Charles Eshelman, Ed Ryan, Esquire Hellems, Joe Gearhart, Frank Grove, and William Sherry.