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The Death of Nellie Piper Rosenberg, 1914

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Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Weekly Star - Friday, July 10, 1914

The Death of Nellie Piper Rosenberg, 1914

    Mrs. Nellie Piper Rosenberg, wife of John Rosenberg who is a trusted employe in the stores of Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co., died at her home Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock after an illness of less than 24 hours, although she had not been well for sometime, her trouble being diabetes.

    Many hearts bled in sympathy with the sorrowing young husband, parents and sisters Wednesday morning when it became known that Mrs. Rosenberg had passed away during the night. She had lived but twenty years and a few months, and twelve of those years had been passed in Whitehorse where she was loved and respected by all, her modest manners and sweet disposition endearing her to all with whom she came in contact.

    Born in West Plains, Missouri, January 2lst, 1894, Nellie accompanied her mother to Dyea, Alaska, in '98, coming to Whitehorse in 1902. Here her home has been ever since with the exception of short intervals spent by her family at Dawson and Carcross.

    In October 1912, when but 18 years of age, she was married to Mr. Rosenberg and has since devoted her life to caring for their home. Only Wednesday of last week she accompanied her husband on the Sunday school picnic excursion and as late as Monday of this week was able to attend to her household duties.

    Tuesday morning she became quite ill and within a few hours was unconscious. Her parents and sisters were summoned from a few miles down the river where they were camping and, although all that loving care and medical skill could suggest was done, she continued to sink until the end came and her pure young soul winged its way back to God from whence it came.

    The funeral was held from the Church of England Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and was one of the most largely attended in the history of the town, all the business of the town being suspended from 2 until 8:30 o'clock. The local lodge of Loyal Order of Moose of which Mr. Rosenberg is a member, turned out, going first from the lodge to the home and escorting the body to the church and from thence to the cemetery. Rev. W. G. Blackwell conducted the services, music being supplied by a special choir.

    The pallbearers were all young men, friends of the bereaved husband, Howard Shadwell, Will Blackwell, Norman Ryder, Will Watson, Archie Smith and Cam Smith. The floral tribute was probably the largest ever seen here, principally wild flowers, the product of the hills and valleys of Yukon of which the deceased seemed a part. Interment was in the local cemetery.

    Mrs. Rosenberg leaves her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Langholtz, and two sisters, Misses Mamie and Bernadine Piper, and aunt, Mrs. F. E. Harbottle, immediate relatives in Whitehorse, and the entire town as friends to mourn her untimely death. To her husband, parents, sisters and relatives the sympathy of a sorrowing community is extended.