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Laura (Gould) Helm

Posted 2019-01-11 by Judy Wight Branson
Weekly Journal Miner, Prescott, Arizona Territory
Wednesday, February 3, 1892, page 6, column 6

Mrs. Helm's Death

Mrs. J. D. Helm, nee Miss Laura Gould, died last evening at 9:30
o'clock, after an illness of only three days.

On Tuesday night she attended the temperance lecture in the Baptist
church and assisted in the musical exercises connected with it. During
the night she was taken with a chill, the precursor of la grippe, and
it rapidly developed into pneumonia of a serious type.

It was only four short months ago that deceased was united in marriage
to J. D. Helm, and the future to them both looked bright and full of

To-day she lies in the cold embrace of death, while the grief of the
husband is inexpressible. Deceased was a pure and noble woman and her
untimely death has caused a general gloom over the community.

The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.


Weekly Journal Miner, Prescott, Arizona Territory
Wednesday, February 3, 1892, page 4

The Sad Last Rites

One of the saddest gatherings that ever assembled in Prescott met
yesterday afternoon a the Baptist church, to pay the last respects to
the late Mrs. Laura Gould Helm. Although a violent storm prevailed at
that time, the church was filled with sorrowing friends of the
deceased. The church had been appropriately decorated with evergreens.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. W. Meaney, of the Episcopal
church, assisted by Revs. C. A. Rice of the Baptist church, and A. E.
Evison of the Congregational church.

As the remains were brought from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. M. H.
Gould they were met at the door by Mr. Meaney, who preceded them to the
altar of the church, engaged while doing so in reading from the
beautiful funeral service of the church. When the remains were placed
in front of the pulpit Rev. C. A. Rice delivered a very fervent prayer,
when a quartette, composed of Mesdames G. A. Swan and J. C. Martin, and
Rev. A. E./ Evison and M. B. Hazeltine, with Professor Ludwig Thomas as
organist rendered the hymn, 'Asleep in Jesus,' which was a favorite one
with deceased. According to a request made by her previous to her
death, Rev. Evison then read the fourteenth chapter of John, commencing
as follows: 'Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe
also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.' The hymn,
'Abide with me,' was then sung by the choir, when Rev. Mr. Meaney
delivered a very pathetic and touching address. Durning its delivery
the minister was visibly affected, and there were few dry eyes in the
audience that were not affected to tears. 'The Christian's Good Night'
was then sung by the choir in a very touching manner, when the sad
gathering followed the remains to their final resting place, in the
Citizen's Cemetery, east of town.

The following were pall-bearers: R. H. Burmister, L. W. Taylor, C. B.
Foster, J. W. Cover, C. H. Akers and H. T. Andrews. The beautiful
casket was covered with flowers, a touching incident of the solemn
occasion being the placing of a wreath on it by one of her former

Deceased was universally beloved by all who knew her and the grief-
stricken relatives and friends have the profoundest sympathy of the

Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morton H. Gould and was born
in West Springfield, Pa., July 21, 1867; graduated at Edinboro, Pa.,
state normal school June 27, 1889; came to Prescott, Arizona, in
August, 1889; was married to Mr. J. D. Helm, October 15, 1891; died
January 29, 1892; was buried in the Citizens; cemetery, Prescott,
Arizona, January 31, 1892.

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