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J.R. loses to the Grim Reaper
Posted by: Mary Date: June 06, 2001 at 19:25:40
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Not my family, but since I post so many queries on other forums, hoped I'd win some brownie points by sharing this with you. This was in the Vermont Gen Soc "Twigs and Branches" Autumn 1986.

Item appeared in "Flint Journal" Flint, MI 26 July 1913: Headline: J.R.CHAFEY LOSES IN RACE WITH DEATH, EXPIRES ON TRAIN BETWEEN CHICAGO AND THIS CITY

The 2 different spellings appear in the article.

The Grim Reaper won in John R. Chaffey's race with death. Realizing that the end was near, Mr. Chaffey wanted it to come in his home here and was speeding across the country from Colorado, between Chicago and Flint when death overtook him. Suffering with tuberculosis, Mr Chaffey, accompanied by Mrs Chafey & Mrs. Rebecca Shiland went to Colorado five weeks ago with the hope of recovering his health, but the disease had conquered him. He then expressed the desire to die at home and the start was made a few hours too late.

Mr Chaffey was born in Wolcott VT in 1862, and lived there until he was thirteen years old when he went to St Johnbury, where he worked in a store and studied nights, His father had been killed in the Civil War. From there he went to Boston as a young man and started in the jewelry business which he quit on account of his health and started in the livery business in Medford, Mass. From there he went to Essex Junction where he worked on newspaper work on the Essex Record. He next started to work for the Buick Company in Jackson and moved to FLint when that company moved here, and has lived here since that time. In Jackson,he was head of the Claims and Part Order department but on account of ill health he was allowed to drop the part order work and take the position of Chief of the claims department only. He leaves no immediate relatives except his wife.
CHAFEY -- Of 402 East First Street, July 27, 1913, John R. Chafey, aged 51. Funeral from the residence at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after which the remains will be sent to Burlington, VT for burial in Lake View Cemetery.

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