E.T. and Ursula Stone’s third son, Roland (“Rolly”) died at age twelve. Last year, I had the good fortune to find this newspaper extraction via Charlotte’s Corner. From the De Soto Weekly Facts, a paper published in De Soto, Jefferson County, Missouri, this article appeared on July 9, 1896:
“Suddenly Called Away. – The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. STONE were shocked to hear of the death of their son Rollin from brain congestive yesterday afternoon, and the hearts of all go out in tender sympathy to them in this sudden and sad bereavement. Rollin was a bright active boy of very affectionate disposition and his sudden death has stricken his loving parents brothers and sisters with deepest grief. He had been under treatment for a month or two for headache of which he complained from time to time, and on yesterday morning he was suffering from an attack of rather more severe character than before, yet it was not thought to be anything serious. After dinner he laid down on the bed and a few minutes later was found there unconscious. Drs. HIGGINBOTHAM and JAMES were at once sent for, but nothing could be done for the little sufferer. He passed away about three o’clock. The funeral will take place Friday (tomorrow,) likely from the home of his parents.”
I asked my cousin Doris Kistler if she had any info on this. Her recollection was that she heard that Rolly had been hit on the head by something, perhaps a swing board. Another cousin has a photo of Rolly at his funeral which I’ve yet to see or acquire. At that time, taking funeral portraits was normative.
“Photographs of a deceased loved one served as substitutes and reminders of the loss. Families who could not afford to commission painted portraits could arrange for a photograph to be taken cheaply and quickly after a death. This was especially important where no photograph already existed. The invention of the Carte de Visite, which enabled multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that images could be sent to distant relatives. The deceased was commonly represented as though they were peacefully sleeping rather than dead, although at other times the body was posed to look alive.”
Hopefully at some point I’ll have locate some family photos of Roland before he died, but presently I have none.