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Edwin Percival Samson
Most of us have heard of the cremation of human bodies after death, although few have seen the process.
Undertaker Samson of Lewiston is familiar with it and he discourses interestingly upon the subject. He says that the idea of cremation to take the place of burial in the ground, is gradually growing in public favor, but adds that the youngest person now living in Lewiston and Auburn will probably have passed away before cremation takes the place of burials in this community. He believes, however, that it is one of the things that's coming. In many of the larger cities people who believe in cremation have societies whose object is to educate public sentiment on the subject and make the idea popular. In New York city cremation has come to be quite the thing in certain localities. In Pittsburg, Mr. Samson has a cousin who is an undertaker and who does the second largest business in the United States. Mrs. Samson learned the business there and that is where he became familiar with the process of cremation. His cousin occupies a large brick block and the crematory is in the basement. An elevator runs from the basement to the upper floors. When the Pittsburg undertaker has a funeral where the relatives desire cremation, the furnace in the basement is heated to a “White Heat.”
The funerals are held, for the most part, at the houses and churches as in case of burial, but many of them are held in the chapel of the first floor of the undertaking rooms, directly over the crematory furnace. When held at the house or the church the funeral procession leaves the remains at the the crematory, but when held at the undertaking rooms the leave taking is not until the body is about to be lowered to the furnace. The casket is at once placed on the elevator and taken to the basement. Here the body is removed and prepared for cremation. The casket is destroyed. The body is then placed on a steel slab and pushed into the fiery furnace. The slab runs on rollers and are operated with the greatest ease conceivable. The furnace doors close very quickly and no oder escapes.
When, after and hour, the furnace doors are opened and the steel slab is drawn out, all there is to be seen is the little pile of ashes. The ashes are taken up and put into a box. Sometimes the relatives call for them, but in most cases they are left with the undertaker.
Mr. Samson says that it is not an uncommon thing for relatives to request the privilege of going down the elevator with the body and of standing by as it is taken from the casket and pushed into the furnace.
Mr. Samson says that the idea of laying our friends at rest in the ground is to a large extent a matter of sentiment. We think of them as they appeared to us when we last saw them, not taking into account the process of decomposition, which at once commences. He thinks that if people could see the bodies after decomposition has been at work several months, the tendency would be to change in sentiment in favor of cremation. He does not, however, anticipate a popular change from burials to cremation for many years, to say the least. It is a reform (for reform is what many call it) that will come about very slowly.
There are people in Lewiston and Auburn who favor cremation in the place of burial, and who affirm that they should adopt it in case of death in their families, provided there were a local crematory or recognized standing. The writer was startled the other day to hear a well-known Auburn man remark that if there had been a local crematory in operation at the time of the death of his only child a few months since, he should most certainly have had the body cremated. “And I know of others who entertain the same views,” he remarked. The writer talked with the gentleman a long time, and was impressed with his earnestness. At the close of the interview he handed us and article printed in “The Casket,” and undertaker's journal, and written by Dr. W. R. Burr of Auburn, Ky., favoring cremation from a sanitary standpoint.
In this article Dr. Burr gives Ella Wheeler Wilcox's comparison of earth burial and cremation as follows: –
“For those who have witnessed the ghastly spectacle of a modern funeral, no description of that barbarous rite is necessary. Who has not seen it all – the darkened room, stifling with mingled odors of flowers and disinfectants; the sombre, hideous casket, the awful ceremony of screwing down the lid over the beloved face; the black array of pall bearers; the long, slow, mournful journey to the desolate, disease-breeding cemetery; the dark, damp, yawning pit, the sickening thud of the earth, as dust returns to dust? Oh, could the most savage race invest death with more horrors than this frightful custom of the civilized world? Then follows the long process of decay, the darkness, the gloom, the weight of earth upon the breast, the grave worm slowly eating his slimy way into the flesh which thrilled under our warm kiss – God, are we not cruel to our dead?”
“Compare this with the beautiful ceremony of cremation. A snowy cloth envelops the dead, a door swings open noiselessly, and the iron cradle, with its burden clothed as for the nuptial bed, rolls through the aperture and disappears in a glory of crimson light, as a dove sails into the summer sunset skies and is lost to view. There is no smoke, no flame, no odor of any kind. Nothing comes in contact with the precious form we have loved but the purity of intense heat and the splendor of a great light. In a few hours, swiftly, noiselessly, with no repulsive or ghastly features, the earthly part of our dear one is reduced to a small heap of snowy ashes. All hail the dawn of a newer and higher civilization and simplicity of cremation for the complicated and dreadful horrors of burial!”
Dr. Burns puts up a strong argument for cremation, and says that superstition and sentiment should be side-tracked and science given the right of way. “The day will come,” says he, “although this generation may not see it, when cremation will be the universal practice and a potent source of infection and death will be wiped out.” Lewiston Saturday Journal, Lewiston, Maine, January 2, 1897
Edwin Percival Samson was born 3 October 1866
in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA.
Edwin Percival Samson
was the child of
He married Edith Rose Fisher
07 May 1890
in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Edith Rose Fisher
was born 4 April 1867
in Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
She died 10 February 1936
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Edwin Percival Samson died 7 March 1940
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
1866 Birth Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 name: Edwin Percival Samson gender: Male baptism/ christening date: baptism/ christening place: birth date: 03 Oct 1866 birthplace: Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts death date: name note: race: father's name: Samuel Samson father's...Read MORE...
Bio Samson, Edwin Percival, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, October 3, 1866. Edwin Percival Samson, son of Samuel, married, May 7, 1890, Edith Rose, daughter of Captain Isaiah W. and Priscilla M. (Dottridge) Fisher. They have Muriel Rose, born in Lewiston, Maine, June 4, 1895; Dorothy, in Lewiston,...Read MORE...
1867 - January 1 – The Covington–Cincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world.
1870 Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts name: Edwin Sampson estimated birth year: 1867 gender: Male age in 1870: 3y color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White birthplace: Massachusetts home in 1870: Massachusetts, United States Household Gender Age Samuel Sampson M 43y Lizzie J Sampson F 33y Ella Sampson F 8y...Read MORE...
1870 - France declares war on Prussia and Emperor Napoleon III is overthrown
1870 - A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - February 5, 1870
1871 - Pittsburgh Factories Pittsburgh has thirty-two iron, nine steel, and two copper mills.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - January 14, 1871
1870 to 1871 - Franco-Prussian War, ending in French defeat, loss of Alsace-Lorraine and end of the Second Empire
1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park. March 1 – Yellowstone National Park (once dubbed "Colter's Hell" after John Colter, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) is established as the world's first national park.
rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm - March 1, 1872
1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875 United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction Era that guaranteed African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited exclusion from jury...Read MORE...
1876 - June 25 – American Indian Wars – Battle of the Little Bighorn: 300 men of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer are wiped out by 5,000 Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. www.wikipedia.org - June 25, 1876
1877 - First national strike in U.S. began in Pittsburgh against Pennsylvania Railroad
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1880 Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts name: E. Percival Samson residence: Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts birthdate: 1867 birthplace: Massachusetts, United States relationship to head: Son spouse's name: spouse's birthplace: father's name: Samuel Samson father's birthplace: New York, United States mother's...Read MORE...
1884 - May 1 – The eight-hour workday is first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. This date, called May Day or Labour Day, becomes a holiday recognized in almost every industrialized country.
1884 - August 10 – A severe earthquake, magnitude 5.5, (intensity VII) occurs off the northeast Atlantic coast of the United States. The area affected extends from central Virginia to southern Maine, and west as far as Cleveland.
1894 - Pullman strike The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. It pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the...Read MORE...
1903 - June 16 - Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Detroit, Michigan
1903 - October 1 – The first modern World Series in North American baseball, pitting the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates against Boston of the American League, begins at Pittsburgh's Exposition Park.
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1909 - March 4 - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) becomes 27th President of the United States When Teddy Roosevelt prepared to retire his presidency, this popular and influential politician promoted Taft as the next Republican president. Taft was elected president in 1908, serving one term. www.americaslibrary.gov - March 4, 1909
1910 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania name: Edw P Samson birthplace: Massachusetts relationship to head of household: Self residence: Pittsburgh Ward 19, Allegheny, Pennsylvania marital status: Married race : White gender: Male immigration year: father's birthplace: New York mother's birthplace: Massachusetts family...Read MORE...
1913 - July 10 - The mercury hit 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading of record for the North American continent. Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129 degrees, following a morning low of 93 degrees. The Weather Channel -
1915 - May 7 – WWI: Sinking of the RMS Lusitania: British ocean liner RMS Lusitania is sunk by Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 civilians en route from New York to Liverpool.
1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster: In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew die, as...Read MORE...
1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City
1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland
September 1, 1939
Death 7 March 1940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Name: Edwin P Samson Gender: Male Race: White Age: 73 Birth Date: 3 Oct 1866 Birth Place: Chelsea Massachusetts Death Date: 4 Mar 1940 Death Place: Crafton, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Father Name: Samuel Samson Father Birth Place: USA Mother Name: Elizabeth Jane Carr Mother Birth Place: USA Spouse Name: Edith R Samson Certificate Number: 25996
buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Plot: Section: 25, Lot: 129
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