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Florence Ellen HAND

Female Cal 1903 - 1905  (~ 2 years)

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  • Name Florence Ellen HAND 
    Born Cal 7 August 1903  Austin Twp.,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 August 1905  Austin Twp.,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Choline Infantum 
    Buried 25 August 1905  Pine Plains Cemetery,Colfax Twp.,Big Rapids,Mecosta Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Excerpts from "A Family Named Hand" by Ethel Hand Armstrong
      "About two years later Mother gave birth to a darling baby girl, another disappointment for father. She was a blond doll with a very fair skin. They named her Florence Ellen." ..."In the second summer of her life, Florence became ill with the summer colic called summer complaint. The correct name was cholera infantum, I think. Home remedies seemed to do little for it and she got worse. Mother asked father to take her to a doctor but he refused. It was haying time and he was busy and the nearest doctor was in Big Rapids, about twelve miles away. Mother asked him to let her take one of the horses and go but he refused to do that. He probably did not realize how sick his little girl was and he was so very busy. Mother grew desperate. Telling Sylvia to take care of the other children and to not tell her father where her mother had went; she took the sick baby in her arms and started for the nearest neighbor about a mile away. It was very hot. Florence was heavy and mother was pregnant again too and that didn't help. She hurried along as fast as she could. Father came to the house and found her gone. He forced Sylvia to tell him where she had gone and he hitched the fastest of the team to Buddy and hurried after her. He caught up to her just as she got to the neighbors' so he put her in the buggy and started for the doctors. The August sun was terribly hot and poor little Florence was so sick and before they reached the edge of town she had died in mother's arms. Instead of to the doctor they took her to the undertaker's. Arraignments were made for them to meet him at the cemetery the next day for burial and they sadly returned home. Next day she was quietly buried in a little pine box near the fence in Pine Plains Cemetery. It left a deep scar in mother's heart. When she left the cemetery, a part of her heart stayed there. They never had a picture of her and only a lock of blond hair in the family bible and a tombstone in the cemetery is all that shows she was ever there. Years later mother found a picture in a magazine and said it looked just like baby Florence and she always kept it. Many times I have seen the quick rush of tears when she looked at it. I think that I hated father at such times. But who knows, she may have died in spite of anything they could have done."
    Person ID I483  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 22 August 2005 

    Father John Harvey HAND,   b. 12 March 1869, Howe,Lagrange Co.,IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 December 1922, Lansing,Ingham Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Frances Grace GREEN,   b. 28 February 1878, Near Steator,LaSalle Co,IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1921, El Dorado,Butler Co,KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 1 March 1894  Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F37  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S167] HAND Florence Record of Death 1905, MI Col., Mecosta Co., Deaths 1867-1903, Microfilm 1004850, Vol. B; Page 187; Rec 1523 .

    2. [S394] A Family Named Hand, Ethel (Hand) Armstrong.

    3. [S1311] Pine Plains Cemetery Mecosta Co, Location (Reliability: 3).

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