The burial notice for one Charlie Gagnon of Levis, Quebec, Edith Nicholson's almost fiancé, apparently.
It says he died accidentally the twenty ninth of April, in a fire in Cornwall, Ontario, at the age of 27 and two months. He was the son of Agnes, a widow who worked as a modiste or courturier and Charles. Charles died when Charlie and his sister Marie Louise were very young and didn't get on the 1891 Canadian census.
In a May 2 letter to her Mom Edith writes "Had it only been an accident, it would be easier to understand." Hmmm. I play around with that in my book Diary of a Confirmed Spinster.
The fire was at the Rossmore Hotel in Cornwall. Charlie had gone there to work as a clerk at the Bank of Montreal. He had been a teller in Danville (near Richmond) and in Levis, his home town. According to news reports there wasn't much of Charlie left to bury: he was identified by a tie pin in a stairwell. I play on that in my story.
Yikes. Charlie was a Roman Catholic, at burial. In my book that tells his story from Edith's point of view, he has converted to Protestantism. I can't see how Edith could have even flirted with him unless this was the case.
In Diary of a Confirmed Spinster I have Edith stumble upon this painting in May 1913, a week after her boyfriend's death. It is by Mary Riter Hamilton and shows a young woman opening a gift from her fiancé. Below Edith and Charlie in 1909 from the Nicholson Family Picture Album.
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