The following unidentified newspaper articles were in a collection owned by Lowell Town Historian Richard Schmal:
At Englewood, Ill., May 16, 1888, of brain fever, Jotie D. Darst, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Darst. Jotie was born in Lowell, Ind., June 2d, 1874, and was at the time of his death 13 years, 11 mos., and 3 days old. Although young in years Jotie in manly actions had few equals. It is sad to see one so young, and [with] such bright prospects just opening out before him, so suddenly cut down; but such is the way of all things earthly. It matters not how dear our friends are to us or how bright the prospect of our dear ones for a long life of usefulness, the destroyer, death, is upon their track and in a few short years at most will take them from us. How dark it would be were it not for the hope that is within us, that we shall soon join again our loved ones in the great beyond. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved friends. The funeral took place from the Christian church in Lowell which was well filled, Friday, May 18th, at 11 a.m., Rev. Snoddy officiating. The remains were deposited in the Lowell cemetery beside those of his mother where he will sleep on undisturbed by the turmoils of this world, until the dawning of the great eternity.
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We desire in this manner to return our sincere thanks to our friends in Lowell and Englewood, for sympathy and assistance during the sickness, death and burial of our son Jotie. Also to the following friends of Englewood who donated those beautiful floral tributes. A beautiful bouquet [from] schoolmates and teacher. Anchor of white carnations, lilies and smilax, carpenters employed by C.C. Haskin; star of carnations, tube roses, and smilax, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Haskin. A basket of flowers from Allie and Elery Fehlman and school mates.