Fanny then looked up to see the stranger gawking at her attempts. Fanny's eyes blackened with determination. "Don't mess with my sister. Don't mess with me," those eyes spoke.
There is no record of Mary Elthea Eva Hersey's death. Did she die in Canada before the family immigrated to California, leaving an inexplicably lost record? Perhaps in an accident while visiting extended family in New York or Wisconsin? Did she succumb on the train ride across the continent; Toronto, Sarnia, Chicago, Omaha, Ogden, or Sacramento? The lack of a Canadian death record suggests that Mary Althea Eva Hersey made it to Los Angeles with the family, only to die before the 1900 census.
Fanny maintained the vigil of caring for Mary by remaining a nurse until her marriage sometime after 1910 at the age of about thirty-three.
Because she could not stop for Death,
She kindly took Mary;
The carriage held but just the two
After Emily Dickinson
- The images above show Fannie Emily Ethel Hersey (1877 - 1975) working as a nurse and her father Thomas Albert Hersey Senior (1839 - 1910) working as a carpenter in California.
- Columns ten and eleven of the census images show that Elizabeth Evans Hersey (1842-1933) birthed twelve children, with only nine of them living by 1910.
- Ontario, Canada kept meticulous records beginning in about 1869.
- Regrettably, there is no 1890 United States census (it was destroyed in a fire).
- California did not keep vital records until about 1905.