Obit: Tuttle, Rosy May (1875 - 1904)
Contact:  Lani Bartelt

Surnames: Tuttle, James, Lydiksen, Clark, Holmes

----Sources: Marathon Co. Register Newspaper (Unity, Wis.) Nov 25, 1904

Tuttle, Rosy May (16 Dec. 1875 - 19 Nov. 1904)


On Saturday, Nov 19th, like a thunderbolt from a clear sky, came the sad news of the untimely death of Mrs. Burton E. Tuttle of the town of Unity. The deceased had been ailing but two days and her sudden departure was shocking news to her many friends in the community.

The funeral which was one of the largest ever conducted from the M. E. Church occurred Monday at 2 p. m.

Rev. W. J. James conducted the services after which the remains were interred in the Unity Cemetery.

We were unable to secure the necessary data for a write up in time for this issue but it will appear next week.

Card of Thanks

We desire the (to) thank the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us since the death and at the burial of our beloved wife and daughter. Rosie M. Tuttle for the many beautiful flowers and every little kindness may they receive their reward in heaven

B. E. Tuttle Mr. and Mrs. P. Lydikson

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----Sources: Marathon County Register Newspaper (Unity, Wis.) Dec 2,1 904

Obituary Mention

Never were the people of this community more shocked and saddened than when they learned last week of the sudden death of Mrs. Burton E. Tuttle at he home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lydiksen in the town of Unity.

With but a few hours warning a happy home was robbed of its’ brightness, a loving wife was torn from the fond embrace of a devoted husband, three precious little children were made motherless by the unrelenting hand of death. On Thursday the deceased attended a meeting of the Maple Grove Ladies Aid and was apparently enjoying good health. Friday morning however she was not feeling well but accompanied her husband to the home of her parents where he was doing some work. Her condition became worse and as Dr. Clark was out of town, Dr. Strayer of Spencer was called. Everything that medical skill and kind hands of loving relatives and friends could do was of no avail, she grew rapidly weaker and at 11:30 Saturday she closed her eyes to things of this world; her spirit had gone to its’ maker.

Rosy May Holmes was born at Sparta, Wis. Dec 16th 1875, she removed with her parents to the town of Unity, in 1878 where she grew to womanhood.

On Jan 15th 1896 she was united in marriage to Burton E. Tuttle of Campbellsport.

She resided at Campbellsport until the spring of this year when with her husband children they removed to the town of Unity.

She was a devoted wife, an affectionate mother, and a true friend.

She is survived by her husband, B. E. Tuttle, three children, Pearl, age 8, Vernie, age 5, and Ruby, age 2; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. Lydiksen; several brothers and sisters and a host of friends who mourn her departure.

The funeral was held from the M. E. Church Monday at 2:00 P. M. and was one of the largest ever held here.

The bereaved family and relatives have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in their sad bereavement.



Just stumbled over this web post regarding the sudden and untimely death of Mrs. Rosie M. Tuttle as I was looking for information on the Tuttle clan in general, never expecting to find such an informative nugget!


One of Rosie's children, Pearl, was sent to live with a relative of her father (a niece?) who, although married, was childless herself.  Almira "Mira" Tuttle and her husband, Irving Elliot Norton, lived in Milwaukee and Pearl, age 13, appears in their household on the 1910 census and, indeed, must have been sent to live with them permanently.


Records show that Pearl graduated from East Division (Riverside) High School in Milwaukee in 1915 and married my great-uncle Alfred Davis 1917 while he was in the US Army in Elgin, Illinois.  Pearl and Alfred had two children, Burton Alfred born in 1919 and Corinne Evelyn born in 1924.


Alfred worked as a monotypist before and after WWI, and eventually took a job with Kable Brothers in Mt. Morris, Ogle County, Illinois where he moved his family.  He was still working for Kable Brothers in 1942 when he completed his WWII draft registration form and gave the name and address of Pearl's uncle and guardian, Irving Norton in Milwaukee, as the person who would always know his whereabouts.


Pearl and Alfred's son Burton enlisted in 1937 and joined the Air Force, serving through the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war.  In the mid 1950's Burton and his family relocated to Florida, where his now widowed mother and sister joined him.


Pearl remarried in 1956, and died in Florida in 1989, having lived to a very ripe old age.


I have attached some photos of Pearl: her high school yearbook photo from 1915; husband Alfred, son Burton & father-in-law Al Davis in about 1920; a photo of Pearl's two children, Burton and Corinne circa 1930.


Just thought you'd like to know that your obituary posting solved some big puzzles for me, and at least one of Rosie's children had a very long and happy life.




Barbara Haines

Louisville, KY

Pearl Tuttle Family Photos

(Click on the photos to enlarge them)



Pearl Tuttle's High School Photo, 1915



Al, Pearl & Burton, and Dad Davis in Illinois




Cousins, Connie & Burton Davis





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