First, I must mention that I was so happy to learn that my Hepworth family did attend John and Frances A.'s 50th Wedding Anniversary. More information was sent to me by a descendant of the John Hepworth family that included a guest list
"Auntie Mary Ann Hepworth (grandmother's sister, her children and their wives)
Jim and Sadie Hepworth
Sara and Peter Olsen,
Sam and Mary Hepworth."
Just one month and twenty one days after the wonderful celebration with family and friends Frances Amelia Fletcher Hepworth died.I'm always interested in the difference of reporting in the local town newspapers on events that happens in their city. So, I am posting information I found in both the Salt Lake Tribune and the
Salt Lake Herold
On 22 March 1900 in the
Salt Lake Tribune
"Mrs. Frances A. Hepworth, wife of John Hepworth, died last evening of pneumonia at the family residence, 571 South Main street. She had been ill but a week and her death came quite suddenly, being a sad shock to her family. She was 72 yeas of age and leaves a large family of children and grandchildren.
Only a few weeks ago did she and her husband celebrated their golden wedding, being surrounded at the time by all their family, and the event was a memorable one, none being more cheery and attentive to the guests than Mrs. Hepworth, and as she was in such perfect health it was far from the thoughts of all the decorations of gold would so soon be changed to black in memory of one of those in whose honor the guest had assembled.
Mrs. Hepworth was a bright and charming women typical of the Western pioneer, whose life, although having its share of hard work yet contained many days of sunshine which were used to gladden the lives of others.
Salt Lake Herold
22 March 1900 Thursday
Mrs. Frances Hepworth Dead
ESTIMABLE WOMAN PASSED
AWAY LAST NIGHT
Only Few Weeks Ago Celebrated
With Her Husband Their Golden
"Mrs. Frances A. Hepworth, wife of John Hepworth, died of pneumonia, at her home in this city. 571 South Main street, at 8:30 last evening, at the age of 73 years. This estimable old lady had been ailing slightly for a few days but noghing serious was anticipated until within and hour of her death.
At her bedside when the end came were her husband and four daughters--Mrs. James Moore, Mrs. I. M. Higley, Mrs. R. Morench and Miss Sarah Hepworth. The funeral arrangementw will not be made until another daughter, Mrs. Woliam Wright of San Francisco, and a son, John Hepworth, jr., of Mammoth, are communicated with.
Mrs. Hepworth was widely known in this community, She came here from England with her husband among the early settlers. It is only a few weeks since Mr. and Mrs. Hepworth celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding; it seemed then that the good wife was yet to see many years of usefulness, and his makes the blow of her bereaved husband and family."
Rose, a beloved grand-daughter of John Hepworth wrote this in her journal. "Poor dear Grandfather was simply lost with out his companion of 50 years. He spent most of his time in his big chair with his handkerchief over his face so that on one could see the tears that he shed so silently. Each day he became more or less an invalid. Before[death] we bought a horse and buggy of our own, we hired one each day and I would take him for long rides. He wanted me with him as much as possible and I certainly loved being with him."
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