Westminster Obits

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Coombs, Fairbrother, Goodridge, Harris, Kendall, Nutting, Page
Peebles, Taylor, Waldo

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Adams, Allen, Bent, Chapman, Chapin, Chase, Clark, Frink, Gorham,
Harlow, Kelton, Lewis, Miller, Pierce, Mundell, Phelps, Ranney, Shattuck,
White, Wilkins

Bellows Falls Times, Bellows Falls, July 22 1870.

Death of Major Page

Maj. Joel Page died at his home in Westminster on Friday last week July 15 at the ripe age of 79 years. Maj. Page had long been known in this section for his hospitality and the delight he felt in dispensing the same to friends. He was a soldier we believe in the war of 1812 and always took the patriotic view in the affairs of the country. He had been in feeble health for sometime fully appreciated his approaching dissolution and gave minute directions as to his funeral selecting bearers etc. His funeral was largely attended on Sunday with Masonic honors with which fraternity he has long been connected being a member of the lodge in Putney.

Contributed by: Janet Derbyshire

 VT Phoenix, March 29, 1912

Westminster - Mrs. Dighton Fairbrother

Clara E. Fairbrother 58 widow of Dighton Fairbrother died March 21.  She had been a great sufferer for years, being unable to walk a step the past 3 years.  Her daughter, Mrs. Doray had been her constant attendant the past 2 years giving the most devoted care.  Clara (Tucker) Fairbrother was born in Dorchester, New Hampshire, August 20, 1853.  She was the daughter of Edwin and Ludesky J. Tucker and was one of four children.  The early part of her life was spent in Lyme, New Hampshire.  From there she went to Brattleboro. She was married to Dighton H. Fairbrother January 17, 1881 shortly after she came to Westminster to live.  Mr. Fairbrother died 1910.

Mrs. Fairbrother leaves four children.  Frank E. of Fitchburg, Mass., Maud A. Doray who lived with her, Etta E. Winter of Alstead, New Hampshire, and Leon G. of Springfield, Mass.; two brothers, E.W. Tucker of Bremerton, Washington, and Allie J. Tucker whose place of residence is unknown.

Funeral services were held in the home Saturday.  The burial took place in Brattleboro.  Rev. F.D. Hayward officiated.  Bearers were F.I. Lane, G.H. Walker, G.N. Banks, F.H. Farr, J.H. Underwood, and W.S. Fenn.

Note: Clara E. Fairbrother was well known as the "Fat Lady" for Barnum and Bailey Circus. The Westminster Historical Society has a picture of her in their files.

Contributed by Irene Miller


VT Phoenix, Fri May 19, 1893

Died in Westminster, May 13 Octavia Goodridge, age 70, wife of Jonas Harris. .....besides husband, leaves one daughter, Samantha O. and one son Fred Austin.

  Contributed by Marge Howe


VT Phoenix, Sept 1, 1893

In Westminster Aug 28, C. A. Nutting died, age 50.  C.A. Nutting, one of Westminster's most prominent citizens passed away Monday morning.  A week ago Sunday, Mr. Nutting was in his usual place at church services.  During the evening service he fell asleep and when awakened seemed to be dazed. Later he suffered much pain in the head and became partially paralyzed.  He was a victim of hay fever and it is believed that the spells of severe sneezing to which he was subject, caused the rupture of a blood vessel on the brain.

Mr. Nutting was never a strong man physically, but was a successful farmer and filled well his place as a husband, father and neighbor.  The funeral was held at the house Wednesday afternoon and the quality of Mr. Nutting's life was illustrated by the pastor in the passage from Matthew:  "By their fruits ye shall know them".  The high regards of friends and neighbors is the best testimony to a man's sterling worth.  Mr. Nutting leaves an aged mother, a wife, and two daughters, Mrs. George H. Joslin of Hamden, CT and Grace who has been attending the Kimball Union Academy at Meridan, NH the past year.  The burial was in the new cemetery beside of his daughter, Isa, who died several years ago at age 12.

 Contributed by Marge Howe


VT Phoenix, Fri May 19, 1893

Died in Westminster May 13, Anna M. Kendall, age 45. Born in Westminster may 12, daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Duane S. Taylor.

  Contributed by Marge Howe


VT Phoenix, Fri Aug 18, 1893

Westminster, Lizzie Smith died Tuesday night.  She is survived by mother and father, Ira Smith and wife. Also, two sisters: Jennie, wife of Frank Spaulding of Walpole, NH: and Nellie, wife of Clarence Jackson of Lynn, MA. She is also survived by her Uncle Alfred Cobb and his daughters, Nellie (might be Dellie) and Carrie Cobb of Brattleboro.

  Contributed by Marge Howe

Vermont Stannard Newspaper - published Woodstock, VT,
Oct 28, 1875

Windham Co. - B. F. Coombs, of Westminster, committed suicide the 15th by hanging.  He lived on a farm belonging to C. W. Fairbrother, on one of the roads leading south from the main line, between Bellows Falls and Saxtons River.  He had been on a drunken spree for some time, accompanied by delirium tremens, which was probably the main cause of self-destruction. This is the seventh suicide in Westminster during the last twenty years.

Contributed by Arleen Huesman

Westminster, Sept. 3, 1948

Mrs. Edwin Waldo dies -- Mrs. Elizabeth (Hills) Waldo of So. Pasadena, CA, died Aug. 25, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold Hills of Westminster. She married Rev. Edwin Waldo. The funeral will be Monday, August 30. Her ashes will be buried in the family lot in Westminster.


Vermont Phoenix9 Jan 1920

Westminster West - Mrs. Gertrude Pebbles Dead

Mrs. Gertrude E. (Chipman) Pebbles, 32, widow of Guy H. Pebbles died Weds. morning at 2 o'clock after an illness of Bright's Disease. All of this time, with the exception of a few weeks, she has been confined to her bed. She leaves three small children, George E., Mary A., and Mabel I., also her father, Frank Chipman of E. Templeton, two brothers, Grover E. of E. Templeton and Arthur of Gardner, Mass., a sister, Mrs. Maud Page of Westminster, Mass. and a half-sister, Bertha Chipman of Westminster, Mass. The funeral services will be held this morning at 9:30 o'clock at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Howard, where she and her children have lived since her husband's death. Rev. Walter Curtis will officiate. Her body will be taken to E. Templeton, Mass. where funeral services will be held at the home of her brother and the burial will take place beside the body of her husband in that place.

Deaths - In Westminster West, January 7th, Mrs. Gertrude E. (Chipman) Pebbles, 32, widow of Guy H. Pebbles.

Contributed by Arleen Huesman

Vermont PhoenixFeb. 25, 1921

Westminster West - Death of G. W. Pebbles

George Wilmut Pebbles, 71, died Saturday morning about 8:45 of Addison's Disease after an illness of several months. He was confined to his bed five weeks. He was born in Natick, Mass., Dec. 29, 1849, a son of James T. and Nancy Messenger Pebbles. He married Nellie A. Smith of Windham Aug. 28, 1878, and they had two children, a daughter, Mrs. Mary R. Howard and a son, Guy H. Pebbles, who died in Feb. 1914.

Mr. Pebbles was a blacksmith by trade and worked at his trade for many years. He has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Albert Howard, the last 22 years. The family moved here from Templeton, Mass., about four years ago. During his long illness he received the most loving and devoted care from his daughter and her family. Besides his daughter, he leaves a sister, Mrs. Ellora S. Bell of Natick, Mass.; five grandchildren, Mrs. Hazel Rich of Templton, Mass., Miss Nellie V. Howard, George E. Pebbles, Mary A. Pebbles & Mabel I. Pebbles, all of this place.

The funeral was held at his home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Walter R. Curtis officiating. The bearers were Arthur Lovell of Putney, William W. Shepard, Fred Kerr & Seymour Minard. The body was placed in the tomb. Relatives present from out of town were his sister, Mrs. Bell of Natick, Mass., his granddaughter, Mrs. Rich of Templeton, Mass., and Arthur Lovell and family of Putney.

Deaths - In Westminster West, Feb. 19, George Wilmut Pebbles, 71.

Contributed by Arleen Huesman

Vermont Phoenix, April 15, 1921

Westminster West - The body of George Pebbles, who died last winter was taken from the tomb Tuesday and buried in the cemetery.

Contributed by Arleen Huesman


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