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Voices of the Past: Anna J. Remus (January 10, 2022)

Anna Jennie Remus

Born: April 5, 1895

Died: June 29, 1911, aged 16

Location: Old Section A, Row 2, No. 6

Anna Remus, of 711 Mifflin Avenue, Wilkinsburg, was a child of German immigrants, Frank E. and Elizabeth (Schumacher) Remus, and a sibling of Emma Louisa Regina Remus, Helen Remus, and Edward F. Remus. She was born on April 05, 1895 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA.

Anna had spent her Thursday with Mrs. Jean Ross, a seamstress of 218 E. Fourth Avenue, Homestead, purchasing fabric for her wedding dress. She was set to marry Claude Wilson of 915 Arthur Street, Munhall, the following Tuesday.

According to the newspapers, Mrs. Ross claimed that she and Anna had spent the day shopping before retiring to the Ross home. The ladies sat on the porch discussing wedding details until about 11 PM, when Anna excused herself to use the restroom. She did not return for some time, and Mrs. Ross claimed to have thought that Anna went straight to bed, as she was staying at the Ross home until the dress was finished.

Mrs. Ross went about her business until James McManee, a boarder in the house, alerted Mrs. Ross that he had found an unresponsive Anna in the bathroom after breaking through the locked door. Anna had collapsed on the floor, and blood was pooling from a wound on her nose, most likely from hitting the bathtub when she lost consciousness.

Dr. T. C. Huff, a neighbor of the Ross family, was immediately alerted. After a quick examination, he declared that Anna had been dead for the better part of the time since she had excused herself from Mrs. Ross's company on the porch. Her death was attributed to heart trouble, superinduced by acute indigestion, and death certificate states the cause as "chronic endocarditis and fatty degenerations of the heart."

Her funeral arrangements were handled by Gillen & Coulter of Homestead, and the date listed as her burial date on her death certificate is June 31, 1911, a date that doesn't exist! Her actual burial date in our ledgers reflects July 01, 1911 as the correct date, just two days before her wedding was to take place

Her grave is located in Old Section A, along the Main Street fence line, near the 22nd Avenue border.

Headstone of Anna Remus. Photo courtesy of Find-A-Grave user, "LAB," originally added on 15 Jun 2014

Information gathered from:

  • "Bride-Elect Dies After Purchase of Wedding Gown," Pittsburgh Press, 30 Jun 1911, p. 1.

  • "Dies Almost on Even of Wedding," Pittsburgh Daily Post, 01 Jul 1911, p. 1.

  • Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 051941-055720

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