DEATH OF MRS. EMMA ALMOND
November 20, 1903, Vernon Journal, from Hunnington Morning Journal
Just after the birth of a new day and while surrounded by husband, son, daughter, father and friends the weary
spirit of Mrs. W.S. Almond was released from its pain racked casket and took its flight upward to its maker.
It was eleven weeks ago when Mrs. Almond was first taken ill and her condition has gradually grown worse and her
relatives and friends were not unprepared for the announcement of her death which orrurred at 12:15 this morning. The deceased suffered
from a cancer of the stomach and during the time of her illness she has been totally unable to take any kind of nourishment. Her illness
assumed a dangerous aspect from the start and during the past week friends have gathered almost daily expecting dissolution, but owing to
remarkable vitality and a firm desire to remain as long as possible with her loved ones the grim monster was successfully baffled until at
the above time, when she passed peacefully away.
Miss Emma J. Hinchman was born in Vernon, Ind., on July 27th, 1862, and in that city she grew to womanhood and
married Mr. Almond.
It was June 1880, when the subject of this sketch graduated from the high school in Vernon and for five years she
was engaged as a teacher in the same schools whose course she had already mastered. After teaching for the above number of years Miss
Hinchman was married to Mr. W.S. Almond, who was principal of the Vernon schools at the time of his wife's graduation. In 1888 two years
after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Almond left Vernon and went to Salem, Ind., where for five years Mr. Almond filled the position as
principal. Eight years were spent in Delphi and just two years ago Mr. Almond and his family moved to this city where they have since
resided. The deceased was a true Christian woman in all that the world implies she was an ideal mother, a dutiful wife, a staunch friend
and a God fearing woman. During the past thirty years she has been a member of the Methodist church. Besides her husband, the deceased
leaves one son James, a student in the High school, two-daughters, father and a host of friends to mourn for her.
During the seventeen years Mrs. Almond has been a loving mother to her two step-daughters and their grief at the
death of this estimable lady is as sincere as a daughter's love for her mother could be.
Short funeral services will be held at the home on East Washington street, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock after
which the remains will be takent to Vernon where on Thursday concluding services will be held. Rev. Guild will conduct the services here
while at Vernon Rev. J.C. Burt, of Indianapolis a personal friend of the family will officiate.
The remains were brought to Vernon Wednesday evening via Big 4 and taken to the home of her father where they
remained until Thursday morning. From there they were taken to the Methodist church at 10 o'clock and the funeral preached by Rev. Clark
Burt of Indianapolis who is a personal friend of the family. Interment in the city (Vernon)cemetery. The pall bearers were: W.J. Mitchel,
E.L. Wagner, H.G. Nelson, George Rogers, T.B. Reed and A.G. Cotton.
A choir composed of Messrs. Fetter and Trapp and Mesdames Holmes, Fetter and Harman furnished the music. Dr. Burt
while delivering the oration was greatly affected at the close because of his close relations with the family and when he concluded there
was scarcely a dry eye in the house.
Many large wreaths and boxes of flowers were sent by admiring friends.
The following from a distance attended the funeral.
Mrs. Emma Shields, Seymour; Mrs. Addie Almond, Madison; Mrs. Ida Almond, Columbus; Mrs. Will Shipman, Madison.
The following tribute of respect is paid to Mrs. Almond's memory by one of her former associates.
"No mere words seem worthy with which to extoll the loved and honored memory of a friend.
Emma Hinchman Almond whom we all mourn today had many friends; "none knew her but to love her; none named her but
to praise." As a child, and as a woman she possessed those qualities of mind and heart that attracted esteem and love.
Loyal, frank, genial, unselfish with ever kindness to and for those about her, "a heart at leisure from itself, to
soothe and sympathize." Like Him she served, she gave herself in ministry to others.
The sweet memories of such a life bring blessings and inspiration toward better things.
"'And they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy.'" Findagrave link
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