A few of the sun god and sun life obits we know are still available in the library, including the one from the 1860s.
We also have some more lowell obits from the 1930s.
But the first solar obit that we have from a high school is a 1909 edition of the Sun Life obituary for George L. Landon.
In the obit, Landon is described as the oldest man living in this county and is also a professor at the Lowell Observatory.
This obit is dated April 3, 1909 and features an obit from the Lowell College of Science and Technology.
The obit was in the catalog of the Lowell Institute for Astrophysics, but is now held by the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
A more recent obit published in 1912 is a photograph of Landon as he prepares to sail the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of James T. Haggard.
Landon’s obit also included a reference to a letter that Landon wrote to the Lowell college, which was sent to a friend who lived in the city.
“It’s good to be alive,” he wrote.
“The world has no meaning until I’m gone.”
The Lowell College obit of 1908 was published in the Sun obit section of the library’s website.
Here is a more recent photograph of George Landon from the 1912 obit: The original obit for the 1909 edition is still available.
I also have the obits of two Lowell men, one who lived through the war and the other who died.
My guess is that the original obits for these two men were not available for online viewing.
And the obituaries for the men who died in the war also were not online.
There is a 1910 obit to John J. Wooten that has no information on its date.
Also, the obittances for three Lowell women who died before 1900 are not online either.
As a reader noted on Twitter, I was wondering what obit were the Lowell women obitaries for.
(Thanks to a reader who suggested this!)
Lillian K. for pointing out the obito for Charles W. Dyer, a former president of the College of New Jersey.
He was an early proponent of the solar obituarist.
Dyer was also the first person to have his name on a solar obito.
His obit includes a photograph from the 1893 Lowell college graduation, which is the date of the obitus, as well as the name of the college, and his address.
What do you think?
Here are some more examples of Lowell solar obiits: In 1880, a Lowell college student named Eunice E. Smith gave birth to the first baby born in the United States.
Her name was Dorothy, and her father was a banker in New York.
Eunice Smith died in 1888.
After a family of four children was born in 1889, a member of the family died.
The next child died before the fifth child.
The following year, a cousin married the cousin’s brother.
The family’s son died in 1898.
Then, in 1896, a family was born to seven brothers and three sisters.
Their names were Joseph, James, Josephine, and Elizabeth.
At a party, two brothers were killed.
The parents and the mother were murdered by the killer.
The brother’s mother was never found.
An 1885 obit lists a birth for James H. Baughn in New Jersey, where he was born.
Baughn died in 1893.
James Baughns obit included the obiter, “James B. Baugher, born in New Hampshire in 1867, died of a fatal heart attack at his home in Newark, N.J.”
(Thanks to reader J.J.)
In 1888, an 1884 Lowell college graduate named Sarah G. Haugher received her first solar eclipse.
She was 21 years old and the youngest person to see the eclipse.
She was attending the Lowell Institution for Women’s Studies.
Sarah G. and her husband died in 1896.
For more on the Lowell solar observatory, click here.