Category Archives: Obituaries

Death of a Prominent Newark Builder

Joseph J. Meeker, the well-known builder of Newark, died from heart failure at his temporary home in the Westminster apartment-house, at Sixteenth street and Irving Place, yesterday. He was born and always lived in Newark, and was identified with many enterprises that have contributed to the rapid growth of that city. He was a builder all his life, having started in that business, when a young man, and was associated with Mr. Hedden, under the firm name Meeker & Hedden, for thirty-two years. They built the woodwork of the Produce Exchange, a number of the elevated railroad stations, and did a great deal of work for the Central Railroad of New Jersey.

They also rebuilt the Thirty-fourth-st. horse-car stables after they were burned a few years ago. Mr. Meeker was a director of the North Ward Bank of Newark. His father, Elly Meeker, is still living at the age of eighty-nine. He leaves a wife and two daughters. The funeral will be held in Newark on Tuesday.

Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, located in the “Family Record, 1848″ and transcribed by J. Pierson James. Typescript in the James Family Papers, privately held by Kristen James Eberlein.

Rose Ramsay James, church bookseller

Rose Ramsay James, church bookseller

Services for Mrs. Rose Ramsay James, 84, founder and former director of the Book Table at Christ Church Cranbrook, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the church, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills.

Mrs. James, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, died Saturday at the Georgian Bloomfield Home.

In 1955, Mrs. James founded the Book Table, a volunteer-run organization in the basement of Christ Church whose profits go to the Episcopal Diocese. She directed the organization for 15 years.

She was also a member of Birmingham’s Junior League, the American Red Cross, and the Bloomfield Hills Country Club.

She is survived by a son, William R. James, general manager of radio station WJR in Detroit; a daughter, Patricia James Eberlein of Buffalo; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co., 820 E. Maple, Birmingham. Tributes can be sent to Christ Church.

Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, James Family Papers


Obituary, Elizabeth Campbell Boyson

QUINCY — Elizabeth C. (Campbell) Boyson, 89, of Quincy, a former assistant manager for Schraft’s in Boston, died Sunday in Quincy Hospital after a brief illness.

Mrs. Boyson was a member of the Scandia Lodge in Braintree.

A native of Boston, she was educated in Boston and New Jersey and lived in New Jersey before moving to Quincy 69 years ago.

Wife of the late Arthur R. Boyson, she is survived by a son, Arthur Boyson of Braintree; a daughter, Claire Saulnier of Weymouth; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.Tuesday in the Hamel, Wickens and Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St. Burial will be in Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Quincy Visiting Nurse Assn, P.O. Box 2370, Quincy 02169-2370

Source: Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts), Monday, 28 February 1994

Death notice, Sarah Stubbs James

JAMES–On Friday, January 25, 1918 at 2 p.m, after a brief illness. SARAH S. JAMES, widow of Dr. Joseph F. James and mother of J. Pierson and William S. James. Funeral services at her late residence, 1460 Belmont Street, Sunday, January 27, at 3 p.m. Friends invited to attend. Internment at Cincinnati, Ohio. (Cincinnati and San Francisco papers please copy.)

Source: Washington Post, Saturday, 26 January 1918, page 3.