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Adela "Annie" Veatch

The Western Star, February 20, 1904.

Miss Annie Veatch Dead

This community was shocked on last Saturday to learn of the death on the evening before of Miss Annie Veatch, who for the past few years had made her home with her sister, Mrs. Victor Humphrey, in Trinidad, Colorado. Death was very sudden, resulting from apoplexy. Futher facts are not obtainable this week. Extended obituary next week.

In Trinidad, Colorado, on Friday, February 19, 1904, Miss Adela Veatch. The announcement of the death of Miss Veatch, brief mention of which was made in the Star last week, brought sadness to the hearts of many people in this city and county where she was known so well and so universally respected. The unexpectedness of such news added force to the shock, and to many it indeed seemed that, "It cannot be true." But the sad news conveyed by the first telegram was soon confirmed by a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Victor Humphreys, with whom Miss Veatch had been living with in Trinidad.

Previous to January, 1900, when Miss Veatch moved to Trinidad so as to be with her sister, Mrs. Humphreys, she had, for 15 years, been a resident of this county, most of the time of Coldwater. Her father Captain B. M. Veatch, who died in this city nearly 5 years ago, was one of the early and best known settlers in the county.

Miss Veatch, during her entire stay in Coldwater, was actively engaged in social and religious work. She was a voluminous reader, owning one of the best libraries in the city. Her literary tastes were of high order and she took great delight in every possible means of literary culture. In religious work she was especially active. For many years she had been a member of the Presbyterian church and had been a teacher in the Sabbath school most of the time. Her interest in the work was shown by her active participation in the various Sunday school conventions held at the county. At the time she moved away she was secretary of the county association. Miss Veatch's life was well and nobly lived. Her greatest ambition was to do good to all, and whenever possible to render a kind word or deed. She was unselfish, generous and maguanimous, and her memory will long be cherished by many friends in this county. The particulars of Miss Veatch's death are stated in a Trinidad paper of February 20, as follows:

The sudden demise of Miss Adela Veach, whose death occurred at 7:30 last night of apoplexy, came as a shock to her many friends in Trinidad. Death came suddenly. Yesterday afternoon she attended the meeting of the Pierian club at the home of Mrs. F. A. A. Williams, where she appeared in her usual good health and spirits, and thence went to her home at 1212 Alta street, where she lived with her sister, Mrs. Vie Humphreys. Shortly after 7 o'clock, while sitting in the parlor, the stroke came to her, and though three physicans were called, all efforts proved unavailing, and she died within a few minutes. Miss Veatch came to Trinidad 3 years ago from Kansas, and had made many friends. She was as active club woman and very generally popular with all who knew her. Both Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys are overcome with grief at their loss. The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at the V. B. Humphreys residence at 2:30, Rev. B. F. Lawler conducting the service.

Captain Basil Meeks Veatch, father of Adela Veatch.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for contributing the above obituary to this web site!

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