Saturday, October 11, 2014
Found this cute filler story in the Little Falls Herald in 1902. I (of course) doubted the veracity of the author regarding the people mentioned, so I looked 'em up.
Ah-ha. They were real: Daniel P.Erwin and his daughter Hanna appeared in the 1900 Indianapolis census. Demia B. Townley and her older brother Morris lived with their parents George and Alice. She was 20 when she married Daniel Erwin in April 1901. He was 57.
The census says D.P. was a hotel proprietor , George Townley was a grain merchant, and Morris was a lawyer.
D.P. and Demia did indeed have the son mentioned in the last paragraph there, born in 1903. Daniel Peart Erwin evidently liked to travel because the next entries on Family Search are from trips to Europe he made in 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1933.
Hmm. I might be one of the "women who take delight in figuring out the various relationships", huh?