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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 proce
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 - Grave
Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Edwin Percival Samson

Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Edwin Percival Samson - Vermont State Archives and Records Administration; Montpelier, Vermont; Vermont Death Records, 1909-
Edwin Percival Samson

Vermont State Archives and Records Administration; Montpelier, Vermont; Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008 


Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA - Washington Ave. (about 1906)
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Washington Ave. (about 1906)

Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA - Soldiers Home and Hospital
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Soldiers Home and Hospital

Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA - Chelsea Square
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Chelsea Square

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Union Station, PA. R.R. Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - Removing the Hump, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Removing the Hump, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
City County Building, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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  (b. 3 October 1866Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA   d. 7 March 1940Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA )  

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.

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Edwin Percival Samson married flag Edith Rose Fisher-- Date: 07 May 1890 Place: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA 

Name: Edwin Percival Samson
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Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 07 May 1890
Event Place: Somerville, Massachusetts
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Age: 23
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Birth Year (Estimated): 1867
Father's Name: Samuel
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Spouse's Name: Edith Rose Fisher
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Spouse's Father's Name: Isaiah W.
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Spouse's Mother's Name: Priscilla
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Certificate Number: 1173
GS Film number: 1415228
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"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch ( pal:/ MM9.1.1/ N4SW-9X7 : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Edwin Percival Samson and Edith Rose Fisher, 1890.

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1866 Birth
Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
name: Edwin Percival Samson
gender: Male
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birth date: 03 Oct 1866
birthplace: Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
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father's name: Samuel Samson
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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...

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...

1880 Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts
name: E. Percival Samson
residence: Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts
birthdate: 1867
birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
relationship to head: Son
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father's name: Samuel Samson
father's birthplace: New York, United States
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1890 Marriage / Partner
Edwin Percival Samson and Edith Rose Fisher 07 May 1890, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

1900 Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine
name: Edwin Sampson
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residence: Lewiston city, Androscoggin, Maine
birth date: Oct 1867
birthplace: Massachusetts
relationship to head of household: Self
spouse: Edith R Sampson
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spouse's birthplace: Massachusetts
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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
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1930 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
name: Edwin P Samson
event: Census
event date: 1930
event place: Pittsburgh (Districts 1-250), Allegheny, Pennsylvania
gender: Male
age: 63
marital status: Married
race: White
birthplace: Massachusetts
estimated birth year: 1867
immigration year:
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1936 Death of Spouse/Partner
Edith Rose Fisher died 10 February 1936, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Plot: Section: 25, Lot: 129

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