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.
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|
|burial date:||27 Dec 1912|
|burial place:||District Of Columbia|
|death date:||23 Dec 1912|
|death place:||140 Carroll Street Se, District Of Columbia|
|occupation:||Asst Janitor Us Capitol|
|indexing project (batch) number:||B01030-6|
|system origin:||District of Columbia-EASy|
|source film number:||2115589|
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.