Saturday, December 29, 2012

1912 - Politics Halts Janitors Funeral In D.C.

The Washington Herald
December 29 1912

WIFE NO. 2 DIES SUDDENLY

HOUSE JANITOR LAID TO REST

WIFE NO. 1 GETS MONEY

The troubles of the House officials who first had to decide whether Charles Curtis, a deceased janitor at the Capitol, should be buried by a Republican or a Democratic undertaker and then faced the question of which of his two widows should receive a $300 gratuity from Congress, were finally smoothed out yesterday.  Widow No. 2. after attending Curtis' funeral, died.  Widow No. 1 said she married Curtis twenty-seven years ago and had a marriage certificate to prove it, will be given the $300.  Widow No. 2 also had a marriage certificate.

The officials already had decided the squabble between the rival Republican and Democratic undertakers by awarding the funeral contract to another undertaker.  Curtis was a Democrat and his friends objected to his being buried by a Republican undertaker.  Congress observes a custom of voting in all cases of deceased employes.  $250 for funeral expenses and six months' salary to widows.  The sum in Curtis' case was $300.
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I tried to locate where Mr. Curtis was interred but the other news article did not mention the cemetery name.  The articles are worthy of reading for the background information.  

name:Charles C Curtis
gender:Male
burial date:27 Dec 1912
burial place:District Of Columbia
death date:23 Dec 1912
death place:140 Carroll Street Se, District Of Columbia
age:50
birth date:1862
birthplace:Iowa
occupation:Asst Janitor Us Capitol
race:Black
marital status:Married
spouse's name:
father's name:
father's birthplace:Iowa
mother's name:
mother's birthplace:Iowa
indexing project (batch) number:B01030-6
system origin:District of Columbia-EASy
source film number:2115589
reference number:208835
Citing this Record
"District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F7RN-5JR : accessed 29 Dec 2012), Charles C Curtis, 23 Dec 1912.


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