Minerva D. Briggs

Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015.

Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 2 Feb 1899, pg. 5.

Minerva D., the only daughter of C. W. and E. E. Briggs, was born near Independence, Iowa, February 23, 1894, and died near Stanley January 17, 1899, aged four years ten months twenty-four days of diphtheria. The eldest of three children, a father's pride, a mother's joy, her short life seems but a flash of God's sunlight sent to brighten the home now made so desolate by her departure, and as her little life was one of heaven's blessings loaned for a time, may her going hence only prove another tie, to claim the loving hearts now breaking with grief onward toward that home to which the little one has gone. One of the earth's fairest and tenderest flowers is thus transplanted to blossom forever upon the golden shores of a bright eternity, there to be cared for by Him, who says: "For of such is the kindgom of heaven." The remains were laid to rest Wednesday in Linwood cemetery, and the home circle, thus broken, has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

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