Tombstone Tuesday: Julius C. Weiland

by Laurel | March 19th, 2013

The Connecticut River claims another life.

A random tombstone from Forestdale Cemetery. I’ve posted the front and back of the stone and as you can see the names are the same, Julius C. Weiland — a father and son who, sadly,  died within months of each other. Click on the images for a larger version.

Weiland Memorial, Side 1

Weiland Memorial, Side 1

Weiland Memorial, Side 2

Weiland Memorial, Side 2

(Right Image — Back, Inscription) Julius C. Weiland, Born Aug 25, 1868, Died June 18, 1888.

Julius Charles Weiland, Jr., 19, son of J. C. Weiland, was drowned while bathing in the river just below River Park last night shortly after six o’clock. young Weiland was bathing with his brother, 16 years old, and was taken with a cramp. The brother tried to save Julius and clung to him for some time, but was finally obliged to relinquish his hold through exhaustion. Young Weiland was engaged in the dyeing business with his father at 281 Main Street (see business ad from the 1888 Holyoke City Directory, below). (Tuesday, June 19, 1888)

The body of Julius C. Weiland, Jr., who was drowned at the south end Monday night, was found near Rockrimmon at Chicopee yesterday forenoon and was taken to Holyoke. The funeral will take place today (Friday, June 22, 1888).

(Left Image — Front, Inscription) Julius C. Weiland, Born June 29, 1923, Died Oct. 14, 1888.

The funeral of J. C. Weiland, who died Sunday night of hemorrhage, will take place today. Mr. Weiland was 65 and had lived in Holyoke 10 years. He was born at Frankfort, Germany, and has lived at Stafford Springs, New London, Windsor Locks and Norwich, Connecticut. Mr. Weiland went to Germany in June for his health and soon after he left his eldest son was drowned in the river. Mr. Weiland returned home as soon as the news reached him and never recovered from the blow. He was a worthy industrious citizen and he leaves a widow and two sons. (Wednesday, October 17, 1888)

Anna K. Weiland, Born May 25, 1844, died Apr. 12, 1917.

Mrs. Annie Weiland, 72, died yesterday morning at her home, 283 Main Street. She had been a resident of Holyoke for 40 years. She leaves two sons, Ferdinand F. and William J., and two grandchildren. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon. Rev. E. B. Robinson conducting the service, and burial will be in Forestdale Cemetery. (Friday, April 13, 1917)

Eagle Dye House, 1888

Eagle Dye House, 1888

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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