This is a brief obituary, but it is an excellent example of a social practice of earlier times that often causes tremendous complications for genealogists. The elderly of previous generations often went to live with relatives because of disability or dementia or generally failing health. They died in other towns, other counties, or even other states and sometimes were buried there, rather than being returned to Caddo. And to make matters even worse, Marion D. Swift had outlived two wives who ARE buried at Caddo. When people see the headstone of one spouse, but not the other, they sometimes make the assumption that the other spouse is buried nearby and didn’t have a stone or it was destroyed or vandalized at some time. This is an assumption that can lead to many mistakes, especially if there is no obituary- and that was often the case if a person had been gone from his or her hometown for several years. We are lucky that The Herald editor didn’t forget very many former residents who died elsewhere. I don’t know who kept him informed, but I am thankful that he usually included at least a brief mention of their passing. And you will also note that Mr. Swift was not even buried in the state of his death, but was returned to Indiana where he was born.
If you have an elderly ancestor who seems to have “disappeared from all records” I advise you to look to the census and the death records of other states where children and living siblings resided, and to the state of their birth.
The Caddo Herald
July 1, 1932
M. D. Swift (headstone in Connersville says Marion Dale)
Word has been received here of the recent death of M. D. Swift, who up to two years ago was a resident of Caddo and who has more recently made his home with his son Eddie Swift of Inver Grove, Minn. Deceased was 83 years of age and had been preceded by his wife in death some time ago. The body was taken to Connersville, Indiana where it was buried.
Note: Buried in Gethsemane are Ida May Swift (Died July 13, 1893, age 19 years) and Sarah Ann Swift (Age 62 years, 6 mo. 20 days) According to a cemetery record that I found in the museum, Sarah Ann died in Durant on November 20, 1925. I have not yet searched for her obituary.