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Millie Artiemicia MOW

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  • Name Millie Artiemicia MOW 
    Born 2 Jul 1880  Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Sep 1920  Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Richland Center, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      Family stories have it that Artiemicia was a beautiful, genteel lady who was adored by her husband William GILCHRIST. Pictures of her before her death show her as having snow white hair even at the young age of 40. Her posture and general appearance in these photographs give the impression of a soft-spoken, gentle but dignified "Lady".

      Artiemicia had seemingly been in poor health for quite a while prior to her death. Sarah Hettie O'DELL, oldest sister of Elizabeth, who became Virgil Gilchrist's wife, had been working for the GILCHRIST family, taking care of Artiemicia and keeping house for the men.

      Artiemicia's oldest son, Virgil, was working in the Chicago area at that time, so he was not at home when she died. Byron, her youngest child, reported his memories of his mother's death in a conversation with compiler, at his residence in 1995.

      "I had just taken water, towels and soap in to her bed for her to bathe herself that morning. I went back to take the water away and had just walked away when I heard her say, "Oh!" I turned around and she was sitting straight up on the bed holding her head between her hands. Then in the next minute, she just fell back on the bed, and she was gone."

      Byron was about 17 when his mother died; this was obviously an experience that was deeply etched into the young man's memory.

      In May, 1994, Wilma MOW FOLTZ sent compiler a photocopy of three pages of handwritten data on the MOW family. The pages have no identification of source or ownership. Compiler suspects they may have been written by Catherine BEEHLER MOW, but this is not confirmed. On these sheets, the writer has recorded vital dates for each of the MOW's seven children. The first birth entry reads, "Milie Artiamicia Mow-Born in the state of Indiana Richland township Fulton Coy Ind July the 1 1880 A.D." On the opposite page appears another entry, second on this page, "Milie Artiemicia Mow left this wourld, September the 19 1920." The entry just above this one is the record of the death of David and Catherine's infant daughter, Alice Gertrude MOW.

      One of the earliest "gems" compiler found among the family keepsakes was the farm accounts ledger of her grandfather, William GILCHRIST. This journal was in the ownership of compiler's brother, Bob, who generously allowed it to be kept with other "family history." On the inside of the back cover of William's ledger in a somewhat faded long-hand appears, "Wm. Gilchrist born march 31, 1869. Millie Artiemishie Mow born July 2, 1880." Under this note, are the birthdates of each of the GILCHRIST's two sons. Then beneath those notes is still another, "Millie Artiemeshe Gilchrist died Sept, 19, 1920." The deep devotion of this man for his wife is almost legendary in family stories. Some have said that he was so devastated by her death that he just walked out of their home without even locking it and went to South Bend to work at carpentry with his sons.

      Millie Artiemicia MOW GILCHRIST is buried next to her husband in the IOOF Cemetery at Richland Center, Fulton County, IN. Her beauty lives in photographs cherished by her grandchildren and in stories handed down from her sons to their children.

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      The following obituary was located and hand-copied by Wilma MOW FOLTZ.

      September 19, 1920

      Mrs. William Gilchrist, 40, died very suddenly Sunday at her home two miles west of Berthaville, a victim of apoplexy. She had been in failing health for some time, but just previous to her death had been feeling considerably improved.

      She is survived by the husband, two sons, Virgil and Byron, three brothers, Carlton, Omer and Floyd Mow, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Mow and two sisters, Maine Stickler and Mrs. Gladys Riggs. Funeral service at Whippoorwill church, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 oclock. Burial at Richland Center.

      REFERENCES:

      1. Virgil J. GILCHRIST, son (stories told to compiler)

      2. Marriage License: William Gilchrist to Artemesia Mow, 31st Dec. A.D. 1898. County Clerk, Rochester, IN

      3. Notes from the farm acc't ledger of Wm. Gilchrist owned by Robert Gilchrist, Corning, NY

      4. Obituaries: Mrs. William Gilchrist, 1920; William J. Gilchrist, 1943

      5. Byron B. Gilchrist, 219 E. 54th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220, son,

      6. Sarah Hettie O'DELL WARREN, dec'd, maternal aunt of compiler.

      (2) Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obituaries 1916?Rochester Sentinel, Rochester, IN: 1998:

      Saturday, August 26, 1916

      John AULT and family and Artie GILCHRIST were taken to Fulton by Theo STICHLER Sunday p.m. where they attended a funeral of an uncle of the formers. - WHIPPOORWILL ITEMS.

      Tuesday, September 21, 1920

      Mrs. William GILCHRIST, 40, died very suddenly Sunday at her home two miles west of Berthaville, a victim of apoplexy. She had been in failing health for some time, but just previous to her death had been feeling considerably improved.

      She is survived by the husband, two sons, Virgil [GILCHRIST] and Byron [GILCHRIST], three brothers, Carlton [MOW], Omer [MOW] and Floyd MOW, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David MOW, and two sisters, Mrs. May STICKLER and Mrs. Gladys BIGGS. Funeral services at Whippoorwill church, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o?clock. Burial at Richland Center.

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      Mrs. Will GILCHRIST passed away Sunday morning after a short illness. Funeral was held at Grand View Church at two o?clock Tuesday afternoon. - SOUTH ZION ITEMS.
    Person ID I13  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 

    Father David Bruce MOW,   b. 8 Aug 1857, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1931, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine BUEHLER,   b. 3 Jun 1859, Sandusky, Erie County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1948, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 7 Dec 1879  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Jefferson GILCHRIST,   b. 31 Mar 1869, Richland Township, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1943, South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1898  Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Byron Bruce GILCHRIST,   b. 27 Jan 1903, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1998, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     2. Virgil James GILCHRIST,   b. 28 Mar 1900, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1971, Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 13:03:58 
    Family ID F710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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