The following unidentified newspaper articles were found in a scrapbook owned by Betty Burton of Lowell:
Jeanne Evelyn Viant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Viant, was born in Lowell, Ind., April 8, 1893, and died at the home of her parents, Lowell, August 5, 1905, aged 12 years, 3 months and 27 days. The cause of her death was abscess of the brain, resulting from a severe attack of spinal meningitis some time ago. While she was around and apparently recovered from her sickness, she complained a great deal of her head hurting her. She was down town Wednesday before her death Saturday. She was a most lovable child, always gentle and attractive, and will be sadly missed by her doting parents and brothers and sisters and by her school mates, members of the Junior Epworth League, of which she was president at the time of her death, the members of the Sunday School, in fact by all who knew her, for none knew her but to love her for her gentle manners.
The funeral occurred from her late home at 2 p.m. Monday and was very largely attended. Rev. Idle had charge of the funeral service, in which he was assisted by Rev. Kruwel, of Hebron. Funeral Director John Castle had charge of the burial service. Her classmates of the eighth year grade acted as active and honorary pall bearers. Floral tributes were many and beautiful. The Junior Epworth League furnished a pillow of pansies, Evelyn's favorite flowers. The M.E. and Christian church Sunday School, Mrs. Julia Morgan, of Chicago, and many others brought beautiful floral tributes. The M.E. Choir sang several pieces of music, one of which was "I Know Not," which was the favorite of little Evelyn. Interment was made in the Lowell cemetery. The stricken parents and friends have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their loved one.
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Death of Evelyn Viant
Evelyn Viant died suddenly Saturday. She had been sick for a long time but had recovered and was around as usual, but Saturday she was taken with convulsions and died a few hours later. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home of her parents, Rev. Dunning Idle conducting the service. Elder John Bruce offered a prayer. The Methodist church choir rendered appropriate hymns, besides there was special music. The pupils of the seventh grade of which she was a member, met at the home of Miss Lucretia Castle, their teacher, and attended the funeral in a body. Members of her social and Sunday school class acted as pall beareres and honorary pall bearers as follows: Pall bearers: Clayton Belshaw, Irvin Ruge, Millard Hootman, Elwood Clark, Milford McNay. Honorary pall bearers: Lela McNay, Lulu Vandercar, Glen Dwyer, Gertrude Dickinson, Alma Dumond, Jewel Nelson. The young ladies carried the flowers, which were many and beautiful. The service at the grave was beautiful. Funeral Director Castle had charge of the burial service. The funeral was largely attended. Jennie Evelyn Viant was born in Lowell, April 8, 1893, and died Aug. 5, 1905, aged 12 years old, death being due to abscess of the brain. She was a little lady in every sense that the word implies, a companionable child and highly esteemed by her companions at school and in Sunday school, as well as by her school teacher and Sunday school teacher and her departure leaves a void in the family that time cannot erase. The community extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.