For this blogging prompt: I selected an ancestor who was on the threshold of adulthood, as well as a freshman entering Hampton Institute in Virginia. In my mind, Sarah experienced the feelings of arrival and gratefulness before her life was cut short.
Portsmouth VA- September 25 1931 – Miss Sarah Otella Bough, 18 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bough, passed away at the residence of her parents , 304 Effingham Street Thursday, September 25th after a short illness. The funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Emanuel A.M.E church, Rev J.A. Young, the pastor officiated, assisted by Rev L.L. Berry, pastor of St. Johns Church in Norfolk.
Papers were read from the Norcom High School Faculty and from the Church Class No. 29. Miss Myrtle Petrey sang, “When It Comes To The End of a Perfect Day” and Messrs.’ James Driver, George Morgan, Leonard Western, and Wesley Fagan sang, “Raise Me Jesus To Thy Bosom” The Norcom Fellowship Choir rendered “Crossing the Bar”. The Choir sang two selections.
Miss Bough is survived by her parents and five sisters, Roslind V., Katryn Y., Italina A., Charlotte and Mrs. Gwendolyn Fortseque. She was a graduate of Norcom High School and entered as a freshman at Hampton Institute last September to pursue college work. Intermit was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Sarah Otella Bough is my first cousin 3x removed.
New Journal and Guide (1921-2003) Oct 3, 1931
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921 – 2003)