Mary E. Barcume


Mary E. (Chase) Barcume: Obit [died 25 May 1908]

All hearts are made sad because of the death of Mrs. Jos. Barcume, whose demise occurred at her home here on Monday afternoon. On May 13th, Mrs. Barcume suffered a stroke of paralysis from which there were slight hopes of her recovering, but on Monday morning, a second stroke removed all hopes and the end came on Monday afternoon.

Mary E. Chase was born in Trumbull County, OH., July 4th, 1852. In 1854, she moved with her parents to Dane County, Wisconsin where they resided until the spring of 1866, when they moved to Chippewa Co. where the deceased has since resided. On March 8, 1868, she was joined in marriage to Joseph Barcume & lived on the Barcume farm in Cooks Valley until about 15 yrs. ago when they moved into the village and have resided here ever since.

Mrs. Barcume was known for her loving, Christian disposition. Her word of sympathy has been a help in many a dark spot; her word of encouragement helped over many a difficulty, & her sunny good nature has driven back many a dark cloud. She has always been a loyal church worker, being at the time of her death a mbr. of the Meth. Church of Cooks Valley. Because her church was so far away from her, she took an active part in the work of the Cong. church here, being a member of its Sunday school, ladies aid & missionary societies. Mrs. Barcume is survived by her husband, four sisters and five brothers, as follows: Mrs. Pliny Ellis and Mrs. C. W. Bitney of Cooks Valley and Mrs. Frank German and Mrs. Jos. LeBell of this village, Edward Chase of New Duluth, Mn., William Chase of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Carlos Chase of Kansas and Charley and Clayton Chase of Colfax. Besides these there are numerous nephews and nieces, one of whom, Miss Lula Ellis, has made her home with Mrs. Barcume for many years.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the residence at 1:30 o'clock, then at the U.B. church, Rev. W. T. Scott officiating, assisted by Rev. A. Bell and Rev. S. E. Taylor. Interment will be made in the village cem. The sincere sympathy of everybody in the community goes out to the sorrowing family in this dark hour.


Colfax Messenger, May 29, 1908

Mrs. J. Barcume d. at her late home in the Village of Bloomer at 4:30 p.m. on Mon., May 25, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. The deceased whose maiden name was Mary Elizabeth (Chase) was born July 4th 1852, & was mar: to Joseph Barcume, March 8 1868. No chdn. were b. to them, so her departure leaves a lonely husb. to bide his time until the Creator shall say, "It is enough. Come up Higher."

Mrs. Barcume was one of ten children born to James and Hannah (Gay) Chase, and is the first of the ten to pass away, the youngest of the ten being now past 41 years of age. The brothers and sisters who survive her are as follows: Mrs. F. German and Mrs. J. LeBell of Bloomer, E. E. Chase of Lake Nebagamon, Wi., Mrs. P. Ellis and Mrs. C. W. Bitney of Cooks Valley, C. M. Chase and A. C. Chase of Colfax, J. W. Chase of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Rev. C. H. Chase of Luka, KS., all of whom are expected to be present at the funeral at Bloomer today (Friday). Mrs. Barcume was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and has left an example worthy of imitation.

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