“Mrs. Chas. Hempe died at the family home, 45 East Fifth Street yesterday at 9:45 after a lingering illness, caused from stomach and kidney troubles.
Funeral will be held from the home at 10 a.m. Sunday to the I.O.O.F. cemetery where interment will take place. Dr. D.E. Loveridge, rector of the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will conduct the ceremony.
Deceased whose maiden name was Matilda Koppman, was born in Hamburg, Germany and at the time of death was aged 46 years and seven months. She was married to Chas Hempe, who still survives, in 1874. Two children are the issue of said marriage. Mrs. Hanna Hull of Dawson and Mr. Francis M. Hempe of Copper River, Alaska. Eugene Morning Register (Oregon), Feb. 7, 1903, pg. 1
Card of Thanks
To the many kind friends who ministered to us during the illness and death of our beloved wife Matilda Hempe, I desire to extend sincere thanks and especially to Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Croner who proved faithful friends and loyal neighbors. CHARLES HEMPE. Eugene Morning Register (Eugene), Feb. 10, 1903, pg. 5
I.O.O.F. Cemetery aka Pioneer Cemetery is located next to the University of Oregon Campus in Eugene. She is the only Hempe in their directory, buried in block 8, plot 2. She is listed as “Matilda Hempe born 6/5/1856 died 2/6/1903”
In this short little obituary we find a wealth of information. We learn the deceased woman’s maiden name and place of birth! Two bits of information that sometimes can be very difficult to find. We learn the year marriage, names of the children and current their residences, her religious affiliation, place of burial and even the names of their neighbors. This is a great reminder how important newspaper research can be for finding family history clues. GT