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THE WESTERN STAR, 16 February 1912
Obituary of EMERY C. BURCH

About 6 o'clock p.m. on last Monday, February 12, the sad news was sent from home to home that Emery C. Burch had lost his life by drowning in a pond, about 40 rods north of the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Burch, 3 miles southwest of this city. Emery and a younger brother, Charley had been at school, one mile away, and when they started home Charley rode a part of the way with Irene Morton, while Emery walked,
unaccompanied. Charley got home first, and some time later his older brother, Frank, arrived from town where he attends school. The parents had been in town that afternoon and had not yet returned home. The boys
became uneasy when Emery failed to put in an appearance, so Frank, aged about 16, started in search of him. Arriving at a pond less than a quarter of a mile away, he noticed Emery's dinner bucket on the bank,
and a little further observation revealed the fact that Emery had attempted to skate on the pond and had broken through the ice, for there, near the middle of the pond, was a good sized hole in the ice and in the water was the body, apparently standing upright and with the hands extending upward. The pond is an artificial one and the water is 9 or 10 feet deep. Frank plunged in and made his way to his brother and, with considerable difficulty, succeeded in getting the body through the water and ice to the shore. Life was found to be extended. Frank succeeded in carrying the body to the house. The parents and a physician were called from town by phone and soon arrived. Every effort possible was made to resuscitate the body, but to no avail. It was thought that the body had been dead for an hour or more when found.

Emery's age was 12 years and 16 days, having been born in LaCygne, Kansas, on January 27, 1900. He was a bright and promising boy and was well liked by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted in the Christian church in this city ar 2 o'clock p.m. on Thursday, the former pastor, Elder e. W. Schenk, now of Anthony, being in charge. The services were largely attended and very impressive. Interment was made
in the Coldwater cemetery. The sincere sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved family.
L. A. Buren's mother, who had spent the winter with Mr. and Mrs. Burch, and who recently went to Nebraska, returned to Coldwater on Wednesday to
be present at the funeral of her grandson, Emery Burch.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Emery and their daughter, Mrs. H. B. Frye, of Ashland, were here this week attending the funeral of Emery Burch. Mr. and Mrs. Emery are Mrs. Burch's parents.
February 21, 1913
Mr.and Mrs. L. A.. Burch received a visit the latter part of last week and the first of this week from Mrs. Burch's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Emery, who formerly lived in Clark co., but who, since the death of their daughter, Mrs. W. J. Ray, have been making their home with Mr. Ray.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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