12 September 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Harriet Garber (1927-29) Death Certificate

Both of my grandfather Jack's older brothers, Nathan Garber and Max had the unfortunate experience of losing small children. Sarah Garber, daughter of Nathan and Yetta was discussed in an earlier post. Harriet Garber was born to Max and Mary Garber on 2 August 1927 and died at home of lobar pneumonia on 5 October 1929. 

Like her cousin Sarah, Harriet's short life missed being recorded in the 1925 New York State Census and the 1930 United States Federal Census. And similar to my experience with Sarah, I was not aware of her existence until I'd recorded the grave stones in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York.

Kings County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 20134 (5 October 1929), Harriet Garber, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

Harriet was the fourth child and fourth daughter of Max and Mary Garber. She was about twelve years younger than her eldest sister Ruth.

Lobar pneumonia may be caused by any of several organism. These days appropriate treatment may involve antibiotics. In 1929 these treatments were likely not available.

Max and Mary and their family lived next door to the Jack and Dora Garber family. Having support of family was likely comforting. Two years after Harriet's death Max and Mary had their last child, Joan.

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