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Wednesday, May 18, 1904
MOTHER AND CHILD ARE TO BE LAID IN ONE GRAVE AND IN A SINGLE CASKET
Plans for Funeral of Mrs. Copeland and Daughter.
Husband and Father Returns From Cincinnati - Makes Statement to Coroner.
During Tuesday evening the bodies of Mrs. M. B. Copeland and her seven-year-old daughter Beryl, who met death in the Scioto river, were transferred to Fisher's private morgue and there prepared for burial. They will be consigned to a single grave, their bodies resting in a single casket, the daughter clasped in the mother's arms.
The funeral services will be private and will be held on Thursday morning from the residence of W. H. Copeland, of North Princeton avenue, to which place they have been removed. Rev. Mr. Marshall, of the West Park Avenue M. E. church, will conduct the services. Burial will be made in Green Lawn.
M. B. Copeland, husband of the woman who plunged to her death in the Scioto river Tuesday morning with her little daughter tieto her, returned to Columbus Tuesday evening. He went at once to his rooms at 700 East Long street without going to view the dead bodies of his wife and child at the morgue and without visiting the coroner.
Late Wednesday morning he called on Coroner Murphy to whom he made a statement. He said that he and his wife had had no trouble lately but that since the birth of their child Mrs. Copeland had been despondent and several times had threatened to take her own life and that of her child.
He said that he first read of the tragedy in the Cincinnati papers which gave no name but fearing that it was his wife he returned to Columbus.
Thursday, May 19, 1904
MOTHER AND CHILD LAID SIDE BY SIDE
Last Sad Rites Performed on Thursday
Little One Clasped in Lifeless Arms of Mrs. M. B. Copeland—Rest in One Coffin.
In a single casket the bodies of Mrs. Sadie M. Copeland and her daughter, Beryl, were placed in the grave at Lreen Lawn on Thursday forenoon, the child resting in the mother's arms. Dying together under the muddy waters of the Scioto river, they will sleep together in the grave.
Services were conducted at the residence of W. H. Copeland, 31 North Princeton avenue, at 10 o'clock by Rev. Mr. Marshall, of the West Park Avenue M. E. church.
WAS ESPECIALLY SAD.
There were but short exercises, but they touched the hearts of those present who felt the sadness of the situation, the last scenes in the earthly career of the mother and child, the former havin in a fit of despondency taken the lives of the two.
At the conclusion of the services the journey to Green Lawn was made and in the presence of a limited number of the close friends and relatives of the dead, the bodies were consigned to the grave.
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