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June 5, 2017

Rescued Funeral Card of Helen Irene Hootman

Little Helen Hootman did not live long. She didn't make it to 5 months of life, dying on October 11, 1907 at her home.

This is Helen's funeral card on the left. Her parents' names are given only as Mr. & Mrs. S. T. Hootman, her funeral service was held at home and her burial took place in Maple Hill Cemetery.

A search of Ancestry reveals that little Helen died in Osceola, Clarke Iowa and her mother's initals appear to be D. E.  (Iowa Cemetery Records)

Further searches in the 1910 Pottawattamie, Iowa Census records on Ancestry turned up the likely parents of little Helen: Samuel T. Hootman age 25 and his Dazette E. Hootman age 21 with their toddler Ardelle Hootman aged 1

I had one final brief look at Marriage Records on Ancestry and found Samuel Thomas Hootman marrying Dazette Webber. I'm happy to have rescued this Funeral Card for baby Hootman and hope that a descendant of the family will see it. I am happy to pass it on to a family member - just leave a comment here on this blog post with your email address or email me directly at olivetreegenealogy AT

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1 comment:

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Very sad that the little card is the only remembrance of little Helen. Hopefully, she will be claimed and loved by her family.