Grave site of Jeremiah M. "Jerry" CUPP &
2nd wife Mary (Hummer) Whelan-Cupp,
Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka KS,
after Jerry's funeral, 16 August 1936.
My mother's side of the family was, to put it
mildly, weird when it came to life's milestones.
Weddings or new babies rarely rated a snapshot,
but let a relative pass to the Great Beyond
and the word went out at warp speed:
"Don't forget your camera!".
No idea who snapped the pile of dirt next
to Grandma's uncle Jerry's grave, but it's
definitely her handwriting on the reverse
of two prints of the above photo:
The clipping above is a prime example why information
in newspaper obits should never be treated as fact.
According to marriage records in Lyon Co, Kansas,
Jerry married Ellen Morgan in 1894, not 1891,
and Ellen didn't die in 1893, but in 1895,
6 mos after the birth of daughter Phyllis
(put out for adoption after Ellen's death).
Jerry didn't remarry until 1897.
However, 1903 is when he would've
learned his mother really did only leave
him $1 in her will, not the farm he'd
evicted her from 4 years earlier.
"Taken Aug 16 - 36"
That caption is my grandmother to a "T".
Nowhere in the obits is Jerry's death date
mentioned, nor would it occur to her
to note it on the back of the photos.
But by golly, she wasn't about to forget
the date she made a 100-mile round trip
on a hot August day to attend the funeral!
Nor is the day Jerry died noted on the back of
a photo of Grandma at the old train station in
Topeka with cousin Robyn Cupp and wife Leila,
who'd come all the way from Tulsa OK. (Don't
know where that photo got to - sorry - only
that the occasion was Jerry's funeral.)
I finally determined from historical society
newspaper microfilms that he died Aug 13th.
Jerry throwing his mother off her own land
why she had no use for the Hummer sisters.