Copples in the News — Death of a 4 year old girl

I’m stealing a post idea… Randy Seaver’s “Seavers in the News“weekly posts on his blog Genea-Musings, and will start doing a series on Copples in the news.  Copple is one of my ancestral surnames — that of one of my 2nd great-grandmothers, specifically my maternal grandmother’s own maternal grandmother (Libby Copple 1861-1906).

This brief obituary is about a 5 year old (sic) girl named Margaret Bertha Copple, the daughter of Enos Eli and Bertha (Storch) Copple, who lived in Omak, Okanogan County, Washington.

Margaret was born in 1906, and died on 30 August 1910, and therefore was only 4 when she died.  The cause of her death — “infantile paralysis” is, presumably, polio, (but I could be wrong).  Her three year old brother was most likely Harold Enos Copple, who apparently survived and lived to a ripe old age.

Margaret’s father Enos Eli Copple was a native of Centralia, Marion County, Illinois, where a number of my Copple and Wright ancestors settled, moving west from southern Indiana circa 1850.

Margaret was my 4th cousin 3 times removed; our Most Recent Common Ancestors are Jacob [Peter] Copple (c 1757 – 1821) and his wife [Mary] Elizabeth Garren (or Pfoutz?), natives of Rowan County, North Carolina, who moved to Indiana around 1810.

Margaret Bertha Copple died young

“Brief City News,” The Wenatchee Daily World (Washington), 6 Sep 1910, p. 8, col. 3, para. 19; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 September 2019).

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