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Re: Michigan School for the Deaf 1900 Census
Posted by: Karen Lynott (ID *****0300) Date: August 31, 2009 at 06:14:26
In Reply to: Re: Michigan School for the Deaf 1900 Census by MaryLanaville of 327

Hi Mary,
Just wanted to let you know that I've been successful in finding death certificate of my gr-aunt Ethel May Arthurs. (She was my mother's aunt - my mother is Ethel Amy Arthurs). The certificate gave name of funeral home who handled her burial and their records gave me exact location of her grave in Newberry MI. Turns out that our family story of her dying of TB was false; her death was due to "chronic rheumatism". Her name appears on MSD trustee lists for years 1900-1904 therefore she could have attended MSD from age 7 to 11. Depending on the time of year the 1900 census was taken (i.e. pre-September) Ethel had not yet registered at the school. I have a picture of her approx age 6-8 - she's wearing blue dress with white pinafore over - could this have been a school uniform/dress code? Also we have picture of her about age 11/12 wearing blue dress with large white sailor-type collar - do you see this style in any of your student pictures? At what age did students graduate? Was this an elementary school or did it include high school?
Thank you for our time. Karen

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