FAMILY LIFE STORY LINE
Bell and Ethel Bertie
Ethel's passing in 1916 was a tragedy to the large young family.
Those that either knew her or at least knew of her (most of the
town), tried to find solace in the fact that Ethel's prolonged illness
was finally over. Just before her death, Ethel
was able to see her oldest daughter's wedding. Asaph and Ethel's
second child, Ethel Bertie, stepped
into a maternal role for her younger
siblings. Asaph settled into his job as the barber of Canton.
Later a new relationship between Asaph and a coy older lady known
only as Alice emerged. Some of this relationship is mysterious,
but the lack of information suggests the outcome. Whatever the circumstances,
the family grew and adjusted as they were want to do. Asaph's resting
place next to Ethel told of his enduring commitment to that insecure
young lady he courted a half century before his death.
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