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Notes for Amy WITHROW

The June 7, 1916, obituary for Amy Withrow's father, George Withrow, states she was "a prominent teacher in the public schools of Kansas City Missouri."

The death certificate for Amy Withrow shows she died September 25, 1918, at her residence at 1830 Calumet Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. It shows she was a single white female age about 47 whose occupation had been as a school teacher. The informant was F. W. Craft, 69 West Washington Street, probably Chicago, Illinois, whose relationship to her is unknown. It shows she was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and shows that her parents George and Mary were also born in Kansas City. The place of burial or removal is shown as Kansas City, Missouri. The information about the cause of death is hard to read but appears to be suicide. An inquest was held. The certificate was filed September 26, 1918.

She is almost certainly the "Patty" Withrow, age 9, born in Iowa, listed in the 1880 U.S. Census Soundex for Harrison Town, Grant County, Wisconsin (Volume 10, ED 107, Sheet 19, Line 2) listed with her parents George and Mary Withrow and sisters Grace, Bertha, and Anna.

The 1926 "History of William Withrow" by Nellie Stanton shows Amy Withrow had been educated at the State Normal school at Platteville, Wisconsin, and had been a school teacher in Grant County, Wisconsin. After her father, George Withrow, joined the gold rush to the Klondike region in Alaska in 1896, his wife and daughters, of whom the youngest was Mary Belle, aged twelve years, moved to Chicago, where Amy, the oldest child, taught in the Chicago public schools. The second, Grace, became secretary to the postmaster, and the two youngest engaged in art work. Bertha attained remarkable success as a portrait artist. Grace died in Phoenix, Arizona, 1903, and Bertha in San Antonio, Texas, 1907. It shows Amy Withrow died in Chicago, Illinois, on September 25, 1918, and is buried in Kansas City beside her mother.


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