3415Jessie Bacon Blanding (Don's older sister)
- Jul 30, 2003ENID DAILY WAVE
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 1899
Miss Jessie Bacon Blanding, who was laid to rest Monday afternoon,
was born in Anoka, Minn., March 15, 1876. When she was about a year
old, the family moved to Aberdeen, Minn., thence to Garden City,
Kas., thence to Kingfisher, Oklahoma City and Enid. In this list of
towns she grew up much loved and respected, every one who knew her
was her friend.
She was educated and graduated from the public schools, but while
living in Oklahoma City she attended a private German school which
language she could talk quite fluently; she also took music lessons
almost from infancy, hence was well educated in music.
Miss Blanding was a member of the Episcopal church, but since her
residence here has worshiped with the Presbyterian people. She died
surrounded by her parents, brothers and close friends Saturday
evening, April 8, 1899, of pneumonia, both lungs being affected. The
funeral was well attended by the legions of mourning friends of the
deceased. The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. L. C. Walters,
which was very impressive indeed. The church and burial case were
handsomely decorated with a profusion of flowers.
The singing of Mr. F. M. McClane on this occasion seemed to be
inspired as it rolled through the church and the souls of the
The pall bearers were Messrs. Archie W. Anderson, F. C. Champlin,
Dr. E. F. K. Sparks, E. Watrous, V. W. Whiting and W. E. Cogdal.
With these few sentences the WAVE bids a sad farewell to one of
Enid's jewels. God only can heal the wounds her sudden departure
made upon those who loved and respected her.
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NOTES: We can assume that Jessie lived in Oklahoma City while the
rest of the family resided in Enid or Kingfisher, perhaps boarding
at the private German school. I did not know that the family ever
lived in Kansas. When Jesse died, she was engaged to be married.
Perhaps one of the pallbearers was her fiance.
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