Death comes for Hiram Chalmers

I created this blog to capture stories that are not easily found by family tree owners when they do a search. I used a newspaper layout because the stories presented here are picked at random similar to what one finds in the pages of old newspapers.

A case in point is the following item from the 1913 ” New Oxford Item” of ” New Oxford, Pennsylvania”

Hiram Chalmers 1913
Hiram Chalmers 1913

Transcription of newspaper item

Hiram Chalmers, of West Middleton, Pa., met death in a peculiar way while plying his trade as a gravedigger. Chalmers received an order to have a grave ready for a funeral Friday morning. The time was very short but Chalmers set to work, and had nearly finished the grave when the funeral cortege arrived at the cemetery. Rather than have the services delayed Chalmers told the minister to proceed with the service while he continued to clear the bottom of the grave, preparatory to lowering the casket. While Chalmers was at work the casket, which had been set on a pile of loose dirt, suddenly slipped down, and before the mourners could secure a firm hold it had fallen on Chalmers, breaking his neck. He was taken out of the grave, a corpse.


I was unable to find a family tree for this item but by posting it here maybe someone will claim it.


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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
New Oxford Item
January 9, 1913

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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